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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book then pass in on to anyone you care about, it might turn out to be the one best thing you ever do for them., 12 April 2013
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This review is from: Fat Chance: The bitter truth about sugar (Hardcover)
In June 2012 my wife and I watched a documentary series on BBC 2 television called "The Men who made us Fat" which caused us to change our lifestyle completely with regard to our food. We went through our cupboards and checked every ingredient label, the waste bin became very full of glucose/fructose syrup laden products! We never buy processed food now and we have never felt better.
The author of this book Dr Robert Lustig was a contributor to the programmes and so I was looking forward to the publication of " Fat Chance" which I have found a fascinating read.
Every time I read anything about Lustig it mentions the YouTube 90 minute lecture that went viral a few years ago and the number of views keeps climbing, up to 3 million or so by now which is incredible for a lecture on the harm sugar does!

So how is the book? Well as others have said, it does get a bit tetchy at times but it really is a book I have read through once and keep going back to, just sort of pick it up, open at a random page and start reading all over again.
Dr Lustig and the others in this field have a mammoth job on their hands convincing firstly us, then the government, then the food industry that they, we, all sailed on the wrong boat, the low fat boat! Lustig's book will take you through how that happened, step by unbelievable step, so that by the end, you will know what to do, avoid processed food, eat real food, it' that simple.
And guess what, you won't need to go on any fad diet, or slave away on a treadmill, or starve yourself to change your life, just stop believing that a low fat lifestyle will make you slim and healthy because that myth got us into the mess we are in now. They took out the fat, replaced it with sugar, (or fructose syrup, glucose syrup, corn syrup and all the other names for basically the same thing).
Lustig sometimes gets criticised because he won't hitch his name to any one dietary lifestyle, he is not pushing products, selling you anything apart from his beliefs (which drive his book sales obviously). He does however spell out why we are where we are, in a convincing way that the might of the food industry is not going to like but is going to find very hard to argue with. How are the governments of the world (that tell us what we should be eating to stay healthy), going to now say that everything they told us for the last 25 years was wrong? The truth is, it is going to be very hard for them to do, especially with the US corn and sugar industries around the world being so powerful.

When out shopping it makes me sad seeing parents buying low fat yogurts for their kids along with sugar laden "natural" honey clusters etc, and as for fruit juice, don't get me started, don't give them juice! But what can they do, the believe it's the healthy thing to do, after all that's what we are told.
I think it is going to take a mighty effort to change the dietary advice we are given by those who should know so in the meantime don't wait, read this book, pass it on to anyone you care about because us little people are the consumers and once we become an army, things will start to change. Dr Lustig ends the book with his own radical solutions but hoping that sugar can be declared a toxic substance (which it is) is not going to happen in the short term. So change your own life, eat real food and don't believe in the low fat myth, if you can, don't eat anything with sugar added, read this book and you can probably add years to your life.
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