Beating the Odds Against Sugar - Processed Food

By Robert H. Lustig

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esther h lee
Explains all the partial answers and pseudo science you have gotten from other books. This book is a must read for everyone in America.
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alex jennings
I thouroughly enjoyed this book, (kindle) but i wish i had purchased it in a hardback instead. I learned a lot about the effects of sugar in your body plus loads more .
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polly
Couldn't put the book down. Looking to this information to change my life. Shopping with my wife has gotten harder as I keep making sure we pass by the poison.
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hilarymiller917
More than other books in this category lustig says what is known and what is assumed.
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austin max
Good book. Impressed with info by author. Would recommend to other s. Go and read it!!!!!! We live in a world of fda regulations.
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ashish khandelwal
Finally a no nonsense book that describes why people get fat and unhealthy. And how to reverse it.

I couldn't put it down.
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erkin unlu
Author has excellent credentials. Heard him interviewed on C-span. I'm very concerned about our American diet causing health problems. Well written.
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amber phillips
This book is Great, it truly brings home the things that we as consumers need to be aware of.
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bijith mb
Convincing expose of how purchasers are being manipulated by big business and greedy politicians.
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nadya
this book is full of information - no fads or slick diets - takes a little reading but well worth doing.
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sarah schmitt
I got the book after watching, The Bitter Truth, a video lecture by Dr. Lustig. I found it very interesting, and a bit disturbing.
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yomna
Great book that tells you all about sugar, what it does to our bodies, and why it's in everything. If you're considering giving up sugar this book will convince you to do it!
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sofia marie
Very detailed information on what sugar does to our bodies. Great information on how to read food labels and make better choices
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christy d
This book tells you how it is. Lustig's delivery is clear and easy to read. I would recommend it to anyone looking to improve their health.
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hector benita
This book is very informative and important for understanding the current state of America's health and food industry. A must read for anyone who wants to be an activist in the fight against obesity.
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antoaneta
And it is about truth, really. Good to know basics about what's surrounding us. I wish great strength to Mr. Lustig for his struggles for our better future.
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charley
Great Book!
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artur
Makes a great argument on what is wrong with our diets. A good read
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noahdevlin
Eye opening, honest, and life-saving!!!
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debra47
This is an eye-opener. Sugar is everywhere and we are feeding it to our kids and families. A must read for every health conscious person.
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amy parson
A must read for anyone wanting to get in control of their nutrition and health. Refined sugar is our enemy.
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sergey
This book should be required reading for all med students!
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rokaya mohamad
Everyone should read this book. It's a direct wake up call and necessary to change the downward spiral of chronic disease in this country. Read and share with anyone who will listen.
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jamie dornfeld
This book might change your eating habits. It certainly has put me off sugar.
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jon stephen stansel
Should be required reading assigned by every doctor to patients over 30 years old.
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brett guist
An eye opening read, highly recommended. Easy to read and understand, well researched - a necessary read for anyone interested in corruption and obesity.
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aaron k
This book is Truth. It's a shame that the life-saving info it contains has to labor against the main stream be like a salmon swimming upstream.
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julie edwards
My doctor recommended this book. Great book for people looking for a healthier eating habit
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harper
Continuing the youtube sensation, 'sugar the bitter truth' Dr.. Lustig explains how sloth and gluttony are the reasons for obesity.
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kim lavender
Got here quickly. This is a must read for anybody trying to get healthy
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nilanjona
Book is just what I've been looking for! Great way to find out what's really in our foods! A must read
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misty moesser
This is a great book. Love to learn about the science and facts behind things. It also gives a great perspective on the obesity issue and how as an individual I can make a difference.
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laura hein
This book is full of useful information and will help you understand why you need to alter your diet. It will help educate you so you can discuss grocery purchases in your home with whomever buys the family food. Those people should read this book and if they don't their families will suffer greatly. Please, please, read this book. If you care about the people you eat with you will understand the contents. I have and it has given me a great deal of ammunition to change the way we eat.
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viktor
Great book! Very important info.
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si min
A clear and concise summary of the dangers of the modern food environment.
Thoroughly readable with excellent references to support the content.
Realistic recommendations.
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elizabeth griffith
very very good book
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shawn
Great book; very clear in its concepts and ideas. I read a lot about nutrition and dieting, and this is the best because it gave me the foundation of how the body works and what we can do to be healthier.
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moshe
An excellent read. It is passionate but not only that: it lays out the evidence. I enjoyed it and leaned a lot.
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stephen partington
This is a book every american should read. Not only does it give you suggestions for altering your diet to beat obesity, it informs it's readers of the laws that work against beating obesity!
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felito
Great combination of medical facts, epidemioloy, history, politics, and what we as individuals (and as a culture) can do to stop the obesity epidimic.
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thegabi
It takes a constant and sustained effort to lose weight and to keep it off.
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jessica surgett
excellent book!!.. i recommend it to anyone really interested in whats going on in our bodies and the food we are eating
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carolyn abrams
Everything (well, nearly) you wanted to know about sugar, but hadn't asked (or may have been afraid to). He explains the biochemistry of sugar in your body as simply as possible.
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markfrombelgium herman
This is an excellent book to obtain guidance about avoiding sugar in one's diet, and which explains why the obesity epidemic is caused by consuming sugar.
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wendy fuller
Excellent. Explains how food can be addicting and how to remedy it. Much other excellent information. I lost 8 pounds in the last 5 weeks by putting principles into action. Very motivating.
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bridey
Written in clear, concise terms every lay person can understand. Information presented is timely, especially for those with young children.
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sue goodrich phillips
I am a family practice physician and this book reaffirms and corroborates the problems I see every day in practice. Excellent resource and practical information. Outlines the steps necessary to attacking obesity and the great difficulty in doing so on an ongoing basis. There are no quick fixes or miracles. Diets do not work but life style changes do. Maintaining those changes is the key to success.
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nancy schroeder
Excellent book, Dr lustig lays out exactly what need to change in the world to fix obesity and metabolic sickness
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grant custer
I got a real sense of how the body digests foods. How the government isn't looking after our best interests and how devastating obesity is in children and adults.
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laddie
Great information if you are looking for a reason to make a healthy lifestyle change!
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jeff laughlin
very useful for just about anyone. explains the metabolism and dieting in a very clear way. easy to read. entertaining.
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ebeth
Very useful !
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sara alsup
After hearing Dr. Lustig on NPR and watching his YouTube video "Sugar the Bitter Truth" I was compelled to buy his book. My mother passed away several years ago from cirohsis of the liver. She learned she had fatty liver disease and diabetes only after she nearly died of a ruptured varices in her stomach caused by portal hypertension. There was no advance warning. Mom wasn't obese and didn't drink alcohol. Until this happened our family had never heard of fatty liver disease. This book explains how fructose causes FLD and other metabolic diseases. I've already adjusted my diet to reduce my risk. I didn't give it a five because of an error on page 197 where a 20oz coke is described as containing 27 grams of sugar and compared to a 6oz Yoplait yogurt also containing 27 grams of sugar. However, a 20oz serving of coke actually contains 65 grams of sugar according to livestrong.com. An 8oz serving of coke contains ~27 grams. The comparison is then mathimatically used to show that the Yoplait contains the added sugar of 8 oz of coke when it's actually a little less than 4 ounces of coke. Still I get the point but simple errors like this make me distrust other information in the book and I don't like to spend my time fact checking. Otherwise, I've learned a lot and when I read nutrition labels I now know what to look for. I recommend the book to anyone concerned about the effect of sugar on their health.

Update: It's been 11 months since I read this book and loosely adopted Dr. Lustig's traffic light diet. Per Dr. Lustig I gave up fruit juice and sports drinks and only drink water, milk, and coffee. I also eliminated candy, sugary breakfasts and snacks, and deserts that I usually included with nearly every meal. I still enjoy an occasional piece of cake or pie on special occasions, but no more than twice a month. I recently had my annual physical; I lost 15 pounds and my cholesterol dropped 40 points from last year- LDL went way down and HDL went up. My cholesterol level is now lower than it was in all of my previous lab tests from 1986 to present. Was it my strict avoidance of fructose? I don't know. Other than avoiding sugary items I still enjoy all my favorite fatty foods. I highly recommend Dr. Lustig's book.
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carolyn schatzberg
Great book - helped to get me out of the vicious cycle of low fat dieting
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manny
Very well qualified author. Doesn't condescend to the reader. Valuable insights. I liked his prescription of low sugar, high fibre, lots of exercise.
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vasavi
This book lays out the argument that We must be responsible for our health but food companies are not immune to blame. I can't believe how much sugar and the preservatives in food have led to making our nation sick. We must hold food companies responsible for what they do and Dr. Lustig gives all the tools to make it happen.
If you suffer from any health problem, reading this book will help you to know why and tell you how to help make yourself better.
Give this book to a friend!
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harivaindaran
Changed my life! I have cut out a lot of sugar from my diet. I was addicted to bread, cake and donuts now I know they are poison I haven't touched them since reading the book.
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susan o donnell
Eye opening book!! excellent read! Recommended this book to many people and have changed the way I feed my animals completely.
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aiysha duncan
I like his science and think he's got it right on sugar. The only thing I would have asked for is more information on to apply this personally and less on what society should do.
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chelsa echeverria
Great book! Everyone should read so that we understand the obesity epidemic.
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mahmoud
Read this on advice from my doctor. Sometimes a little too technical, but I learned a lot from this booik.
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james vickers
Obesity is an issue caused by political, social and biochemical factors. This book does a great job explaining all of them and a good attempt at showing the way to react to them.
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leighza
We all need to know how and why to control our weight, and which foods are preventing our doing so.
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maris
super coverage. well written. very logical. Has credentials .Original great statistics Covers all the poor idea plans to accomplish great health
. ideas and
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daria
This book delves into the world of obesity, chemical reactions within the body, chemicals within food...written in a way the layman can understand. It all makes perfect sense and takes some of the blame off of plain gluttony, as many foods are "created" to make you want more. Worth the read just because...
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quinn slobodian
Watch Dr. Lugtig's youtube video - Sugar: the Bitter Truth. Book is very well written, very well organized and easy to understand.
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ahmed hemdan
Troughfully understanding the mechanisms of body systems and simply explain them in easy-layman term. His perspective of weight controlled is valid and practical method!
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debby stephens
Excellent book.
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joanne mahran
it is a very well written book. I have got very useful informaton from it.
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malinda
i always loved this book when i was young. glad to have it again. but this came damaged :( oh well
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cathy hailey
Very good explanations,drawing attention to the danger of consuming sugar and processed food...
Very good,empirical,scientific and practical description of how our body functions
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ashley brooke
I heard an interview with Dr. Lustig on NPR and immediately began educating myself on his research and purchased his book. It reinforced a lot of what I've been looking into in regards to my own diet and health. I'm not finished yet, but it's very informative and provides a scientific and well-researched look at the obesity epidemic. You can tell he truly cares about people who are suffering from the poor food system in our country.
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janne
Best book on nutrition I ever read.
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angel henderson
This book should be compulsory reading for all medical professionals
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poonam gupta
Very good....Very enlightening. Thoroughly enjoyed. Should be required reading in all schools as well as all go e ornament offices.
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liz wheatcroft
Take your food seriously. Learn what whole foods really mean. Sugar and fiber are the key words. You'll share this book with others
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yurika fauzia
If you think that there must be some underlying reason obesity and related diseases are increasing out of all proportion read this book to see what it is.
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thomas l
I bought this after seeing the author on C-Span, and am passing it around to my local friends and recommending it to the more distant ones. Obesity is following the American diet across the world...oh, terrific! Get off the processed sugars, or else!
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manvi
The author has tackled a subject that has been taboo for politicians and consumers. Many adults and children have a severe sugar-addiction problem, and we have not yet faced the health and financial implications this has created. Robert Lustig explains the chemistry behind the sugar-addiction process and how this has created a nation of obese people in terms that are easily understood. He is right: there is a fat chance that we will cure our obesity and rid ourselves of this sugar addiction. A must-read for anyone interested in improving his/her own health and tackling the skyrocketing costs of health care.
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thundermusic
Fantastic!!!! Highly recommend.
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julie donna
Important book. Well written and begs the urgent question of how our health is impacted by our food supply, ls
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kayla gunn
The author makes science understandable to all and gives an important view into the harmful effects of supposedly benign foods and drinks.
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aster
I had seen the author on Book TV and was very impressed. There is so much important info. within the pages of the boo anyone interested in good health should read it..It was a gift to my daughter from me as I thought she needed to know more about nutrition in general even though she is quite knowledgeable.
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minttu
The science! No other book explains the science so well. Finally out all makes sense. Buy this book, you won't regret it.
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kristin crocker
Fat Chance by Robert Lustig is a great addition to Fast Food Nation bestseller by Eric Schlosser. This is NOT another book about obesity and spiraling down health in America. Fat Chance is critical representation of the problem on bio-chemical basis with all the references to original research sources. Every American should read Fat Chance to really understand what is going on in the United States.
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jack alvarez
A+
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debiz22
Such an eye opener, well worth the read
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joyce oscar
This book is a must read for everyone when considering the impact of sugar in our diet on health . . . on both an individual and societal basis.
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kailey miller
Provides an educated factual description of why our food is not healthy. It has changed the choices I make regarding food.
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bob peru
This is the exact book my dad was looking for! He was so excited to recieve this as a gift.
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suzanne
The whole book can be resumed to: carbs are bad for you, fiber is good, avoid white food, eat brown food, fruits and vegetables, the government is in cahoots with Big Agriculture and is not to be trusted.

The 3 stars are for the scientific references. This is not a quack book. However, it's excessively verbose and 80% of it is downright useless, except for political activism.
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benicio
Very informative book, it made me aware just how much sugar is in the food all over, and what are the consequences of eating it. Since I come from Europe, I imagine that the situation regarding sugar content in the food is a little bit better, but I think it is deteriorating. Now I see the utmost importance of eating fresh, unprocessed food, without any soft drinks.
I recommend this book to everyone, but especially the parents of young children, which can try to change the food habits of their children in the right direction.
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dartist
Great read.
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brittney sechrest
After watching the YouTube video from Mr Lustig I wanted to read the book for a more in depth look at suger and its link to obesity..
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peyvand mohseni
I have read some of it. It makes sense so far but hasn't motivated me to do anything although I think I have been trying to implement the ideas into my life style. Time will tell if it is effective for me.
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josephine
best info about obesity and great solutions it would be nice if the goverment woke up to this situation.
sincerely Norman
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janie hosey
Having seen youtube clips of Dr Lustig I bought the book as soon as I saw it was for sale - well written and such an important topic.
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kay gerard
Great book - must read for anyone with or without kids - and with or without a weight problem. Pass it on.
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snobbess sphaeritalius
Good book, I watched the videos on youtube before I read this. The Bitter Truth about Sugar and Fructose 2.0. Great information.
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theaccidental reader
What an eye opener, well written and highly informative, highly recommend to all who struggle w/ their weight or not
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zack bean
There is sooo much information in the book. The reading in a little dry to say the least. However, also very informative. It will definitely make you question if you ever want to put sugar in your body again... and that is the point right?
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arch
This provides a comprehensive understanding of obesity and the environmental factors that drive it. A real awakening 44 years into my life. Only regret is that I should have read it much earlier.
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lmahoney04
This is science. Dr. Lustig is not selling anything, just sharing his first hand medical experience. This makes good sense.
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craig patterson
Awesome and brilliant, I highly recommend this book as I have found that everything said in this book far out weights what I have read compared to others. Backing up with scientific facts and years of research this is a God send. Thank you Robert H. Lustig for your compassion and deep concern for we humans to live out a beautiful life free of all ailments that sugar and processed Foods cause us to become another FAT and UGLY human being.

Rocky Tatarelli
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pouriya parsa
Excellent. Read it.
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mehdi zeinali
Not as good as Low Carb Living. "Fat Chance" seems to imply we have little chance to successfully combat obesity, diabetes, and the myriad of diseases that come with those two.
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sarah sehrenity
Everyone should read this book.
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tracey sims
Good informative book but I expect a 'how to' section. Say, here's what happened and why and now this is what should do
to fix it. I think it's a great start and would excellent boook to for referenceing.
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lorna
Very interesting read. A lot of scientific language and written at a higher than 6th grade reading level. However I am finding the info very eye opening and with my addiction background it makes a lot of sense. I have not completed the book yet however expect to in the next couple of days.
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sam khallaghy
This book has some fascinating information about the effects of sugar and sweeteners in society. At times the author seems to ramble but I am reading this a second time to make sure I understand the information.
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christopher koch
This books tells you every horrible thing that sugar and processed food do to your body. After I read it I eliminated all forms of sugar from my diet.
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jerome
My doctor recommended this book to me & says I'll never eat sugar again after reading this. Haven't read it yet so am still enjoying my sugar highs. Great price, great service and overall good shopping experience.
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debbie lausman
I was hoping for a more motivational, educational book to inspire right eating but a lot of the book is a rampage against government. It's true our government organizations are not sources of good eating and health, corrupted as they are by lobbyists and greed. But still I wanted the book to be more like the you tube lecture from Dr. Lustig. I found it difficult to read. There's lots of good information in the book, it's just hard to dig it out.
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shellwatts
Great info!
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dan shuman
Despite having a bachelor's in nutrition, this book provided countless new facts and research to add to my arsenal. It's straight-forward, honest, and founded in science.
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allison rockwell
excellent
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aneesa
I would have liked to see more on how to detoxify ourselves from our sugar addiction, but other than that this was a really informative book. I liked it and will probably re-read it.
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priyank jaini
Everyone should read this book!! Obesity is an epidemic and people really don't know what they're doing to themselves by eating these toxic foods.
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rachmani ang
This book has been one of the best I have read on diet and obesity in recent times. I have read almost every book out there. It makes you think and helps in starting out fresh.
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jenny cox
HAVE READ HALF OF THIS BOOK AND FIND IT VERY INFORMATIVE. EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT TO BECOME MORE

AWARE OF WHAT HAS BECOME THE NORM IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY, AND HOW THIS IS AFFECTING ALL OF THOSE

WHO EAT THESE PROCESSED FOODS AND WHY.
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gary culig
Just finished the Kindle version of this book and reread many parts. First, if you want the tables for future reference, the Kindle version is not recommended so buy the hardcopy. Secondly, I have 2 morbidly obese siblings and 1 obese. I gave up dieting per se in 1985 and luckily, I married a man who was not a fan of processed food. I am humbled to know that I could be right up there with my siblings, but thankfully I am within the BMI range. Like others, I devoured this book and read a good bit of it again to be sure I understood.

This book clears up a lot of the damage sugar and refined carbs do to our brain, liver, etc. It also clearly lays out how obesity got out of control. This information may seem overwhelming, but it is very helpful in explaining metebolic disease (high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.) Lustig lays out the chain of events so that we can stop this train wreck to our health. He also lays out how the food industry can lie to us about food lables and the sugar content. I about died when I read the piece on non-fat Greek yogurt, now I'll only buy plain 0 fat Greek yogurt and put real fruit on it myself. Lastly, he shows why diets will never work beyond the 3 to 6 month cycle unless we dramatically reduce our consumption of sugar and refined carbs.

In other reviews, people claimed that Lustig doesn't give actionable information. Not true! Lustig peppers his book with recommendations such as: Eat real food, shop in the outer circle of the grocercy store where real food is sold, exercise, stop eating refined carbs, reduce your stress levels, don't eat anything that comes in a package, avoid fast food, set up your environment for success, eat dessert once a week and so on. Okay, Dr. Lustig doesn't recap his recommendations, but there many actionable suggestions.

Yes, Lustig is 30-45 pounds overweight, why does that diminish his message? It doesn't, it underscores the real challenge of sugar and refined carbs. Dr. Lustig has integrity and is clearly committed to this cause especially for children. I found his tone and voice in this message to be profound and compelling.
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hojjat sedaqat p
I think that we need to pay close attention . His theory of the meaning of different calories: a calorie is not a calorie is very sound.
He is into something very important here for the whole world!
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bree normandin
Fat Chance gives you the information you need to decide what to do. It is not a diet book, it's a book that tells you how our body processes food, what we are eating and how that food affects our body. A definite eye opener. It is clearly written and very thought provoking. Some of the the things it says are just incredible. This book has become one of my most underlined books.
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tara mctiernan
The FDA should be looking after the people and not the capitalist food corporations! High Fructose is killing the U.S. citizens!
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tammie
I liked the book in the beginning but my interest flagged about half way through. The author has a point to make about sugar in our diet, one that we all should be taking into account in our daily lives. And he makes his point quite well but it took too long to get to it. I realize that there are certain anatomical issues that need to be explained to prove his thesis that sugar is a detriment to our health. However, I think he could have made his point earlier. I was beginning to think he would never get there.
So, from my point of view, the author's thesis was on target, but it took too long to explain why.
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jessica donachy
Good Book - explains that sugar is the killer of people and its in everything (just about). Find out what its not in.
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john moylan
Outstanding! I am breaking my sugar addiction and improving my diet. I am already fit and will get much fitter. If I can do it so can you!
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vb william eguegu
terrific information! Something every parent needs to read then have their kids' teachers read....get candy out of schools as treats and rewards and go to a more traditional idea, RECESS!
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mary bruggeman
This is a great, informative book which sheds light on the proocessed food industry. This is a must read essential part of anybody's library.
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rachelle
This book was astounding in the scientific knowledge of fats and weight gain. I really was amazed at what we are ingesting in many of the foods we eat. I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling to lose weight or get in better health. This book will change your thinking and your life!!!
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philippe
I ordered the book based on the author's appearance on public radio. While his presentation was clear and easy to understand, the book, after the first 50 pages, became ponderous. I haven't been able to get through the book yet, though I keep picking it up. Will it help me redesign my diet enough to do me any good? Fat chance.
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meann
I've had the pleasure of attending two of Dr Lustig's lectures and the book is just like listening to him in person.
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v ctor gayol
It's ok. Nothing earth shattering here but worth the read if you have a few hours to kill
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jenny hall
a must read for anybody seriously interested in nutrition anof the nutrition for our children and for the nation. He reviews very well some critical issues and also backs up with some good research findings .
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moushetzelle
Great step forward in our understanding of the importance of the liver in diabetes/metabolic syndrome.non alcoholic liver disease.

I believe there's a typo on page 140. There's 3500 calories in a pound of fat and not "2500" as stated. This would be consistent with what is on page 141 where it says an obese person has to lose 3977 fat calories to lose a pound of fat.

But I can't believe that fiber is protective of fructose toxicity. To use an analogy, if the birds would have just eaten enough fiber, the DDT wouldn't have killed them. I do believe fructose is toxic and extremely hard on the liver. Originally, I learned fructose was absorbed in the mouth and therefore the safest sugar there was. Boy were we off the target.

For example, Mangos, 100 grams, 60 calories, 14.98 CHO, 1.6 fiber, 13.66 net carbs, 6.97 sucrose with 2.01 Glucose (fine) and 4.68 Fructose (not so fine). I simply cannot understand how 1.6 g fiber can envelope or encapsulate 4.68 grams fructose and carry it out of my body through my digestive system and keep it from contributing to my liver's metabolic load.

I can tell you from personal experience of "eating to my meter" for 20 years that it simply doesn't work that way. Fruits such as mangoes kick my sugars a lot for 2 reasons in my personal experience. First, there's too much fructose in them and 2, there's really not that much fiber in them for their fructose.

Both my liver and my pancreas are a lot older than the adolescents Dr. Lustig deals with and that must make a difference. I didn't get the disease until my mid 50s when this all caught up with me.

Vegetables are a lot lower in sugars and a lot higher fiber as a group, potassium and a few in starch so I eat no fruit and a lot of vegetables.

I read Dr. Davis this last June and cut out all breads and wheats and improved my lipids and blood sugars even more plus lost another 25 pounds so all this is working better and better as I get older and read more.

Dr. Lustig's book is still an excellent contribution to the entire question even if I have some questions about it and his contradictory position on fructose is toxic but eat it anyway because the fiber protects you.
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angie chute
Robert Lustig MD knows the body inside and out. As a dietitian of over 30 years he's convinced me of what we really need to focus on.
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jiangtang
worth the money spent. makes good sense. would recommend for any parent to read. or anyone looking to get healthy
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varinka franco williams
This is a must-read for anyone (in America) that eats. Literally. You must check this out and find out how America is suffering from the overuse of Sugar (and Fructose). The knowledge this book provides is quite enlightening. It's a pretty easy read, too.
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angela ross
Well written book with information we all should have. Sugar is bad news.
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tanvi
New and informative , tells facts that you won't' hear from very many people. Makes sense and was an eye opener for me.
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run2birth
Quote scientific studies. Explains the biochemistry of sugar metabolism for a layman. Explains the pros and cons of all the touted diets. Explains why fructose, a component of sugar, is metabolized like alcohol as a fat. And explains why insulin is the key to obesity.
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dennis murphy
This should really be read along with Why We Get Fat. One details Wheat and the other details sugar. The combination of the two books arrive at the same conclusion which is stop the fast insulin hit we get from both wheat, rye, oats, and sugar.
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abdulrhman mubarki
Eye opening. Explains alot. As it's been said many times before . . . it's all about the mighty $
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maria casella
One of the best books I've read in years! Lustig puts it all together without dumbing it down. Everyone should read it, especially anyone with children...
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jeff kamin
after being mesmerized by his youtube, Sugar: the bitter truth, when I saw this book I knew I had to purchase it. And it does not disappoint--goes into much more detail of why out food supply is promoting obesity and what we can do about it.
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kuyapoo finkelstein
I love Dr. Lustig's lectures on YouTube, so I was excited to download and read this book. I was disappointed in the book. Dr. Lustig is a much better lecturer than author. While the content is excellent, and he makes a lot of great points on health and nutrition, I found it very disorganized and highly repetitive. The book could have been condensed by two-thirds as the same concepts and points are made over and over and over. Even many of the analogies are made multiple times in different chapters. There are much better written books out there I suggest over this one (Gary Taubes, William Davis, Vinnie Tortorich, etc). Save yourself time and watch Dr. Lustig's lectures on YouTube. You'll get the same content as this book in a fraction of the time, and it won't bore you to tears.
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leslie jackson
Thanks! Understanding Liver Flux and Sugar Poisoning has helped me change my diet and feel much better. I wish there is a revised version for India specific dietary information.
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lindy thompson
Good for sugar addicts to read.
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mindy danylak
Read this and change your life!
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anas sadiq
Very good. I read it.and realize it tells the truth about the American diet. But fat chance of very many people doing what it recommends.
FAT CHANCE
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kozio ek
helpful book, good service
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nicolle
This book is an absolute must-read. The insights into how the food industry is making us fat are a real awakening.
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lynn bradshaw
anyone concerned with obesity and the diseases that travel with it should read this book and then take a good look at their own pantry and lifestyle. thanks Dr. Lustig!!
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joshua gnizak
Good information.
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kelsey graber
Met my expectations
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dennis chan
Helpful advice.
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izzie
Excellent book.
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jennifer beever
Very interesting - 4 stars rather than 5 as the "science bit" is quite technical and I had to re-read some sections twice.
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ben stiefel
read this!
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blaise
Great book
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tom walker
Great book front to back. Did a great job of balancing science with real life stories to keep it interesting. I hope this book and others of its kind will lead to real change in how we eat in America and globally.
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john minton
excellent!!!
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mike loftus
If you want to make life long changes to your waistline this is a must. NO MORE DIETS !!! Just eat smart, and pounds will disappear.... Dr Lustig deserves a Nobel for his work in this field.
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tyler borchers
Love it!
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stephy
Great book!!! Everybody should read it. It explains perfectly why and how we're getting bigger and bigger. Why does thin people have metabolic syndrom? This book will tell you.
The new health bible.
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fatemeh
good read
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suzel
This is not a book about diets, it is much better. When done reading it you eat smarter and also, for those who need to, you loose wight big time.
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chris oliver
Very good book, terrible title
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jerome chan
Excellent
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ross o neal
I had no idea how bad sugar is for you .. Learned a lot
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windy
Wish I had this information before my kids became teenagers! Changed how I look at food and how I shop.
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michell
Great book! Very well researched and spelled out in an informative and insightful way. An important read for everyone who eats.
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trae lewis
This is the best and most intelligent thing I have ever read about weight control. There was no hype or gimmicks.
Part of it was pretty technical but overall I give it 5 stars.
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rachel biello
He argues that we are not in control of our behavior because our Biochemistry and Hormones Drive our Behavior. To prove that point, he inundates us with Science. No problem. He has to prove his point – and he does it rather well.

He provides an excellent understanding why Calories In - Calories Out concept of weight control is a Myth.

He wears his advocacy as a badge of honor and challenges us to step forward and demand change.
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amy pike
Dr. Lustig's you-tube videos are so inspiring, I thought his book would be just what I needed to get started on a new sugar-free way of life. I was so disappointed. I read through 300 plus pages of tiny print, full of information, some very important, most totally irrelevant to my life, and when I was done I still didn't have a clear idea of what I should eat for dinner. There was no actual plan. No suggested menu for any meal. There is, buried in the book, a four page list of foods that are either off limits, recommended for eating 3 to 5 times a week or "ad lib" which I thought meant "off the cuff," but apparently means "eat as much as you want." The list is in tiny print and confusing. For example, corn and potatoes are in the 3 to 5 times a week column next to ad lib nuts. Not even on the same page as the ad lib vegetables. At first I thought corn and potatoes were the only veggies I could eat.

I had hoped for a quick refresher on why sugar is bad and a nice bright list of what to eat, suitable for refrigerator posting. Because, really, isn't "motivation plus plan," what we want from a diet book? Dr. Lustig is a brilliant man, but this book was a waste of money for me.
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catherine roberts
Very thought provoking and scary to think about! I have definitely made changes in my life, by thinking before I put food in my mouth!
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marc brandeberry
The book came as described and quickly
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catie miller
A great book.
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justin henri
I felt there was a little too much science, but I was convinced by the argument made. I've completely revamped my kitchen and changed my eating habits.
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kirsty ellinor
Fat Chance helped to explain some concepts I thought knew, but didn't really understand why. Highly recommend for all those who wish to take control of their own health.
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michael taeckens
Great perspective on sugar and fat. Very well written for any audience who is looking for scientific information regarding sugar, fat and weight loss.
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petya
Love this book and the good price I paid!!!
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joceline foley
Kindle is the way to go.
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christine thompson
This has lots of research and facts
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rob p
Great insight into the calorie is a calorie debate.
Doctors and health providers should read also.
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elaine armstrong
Should be required reading for American parents and cosumers.
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barbara b
Good information here, but the charts and tables are basically worthless on my Kindle. Sample didn't include anything but text. Even enlarged, the charts are unreadable (and I checked with several other people just to make sure). Perhaps this is true of all such books, but I don't intend to find out.
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sumangal vinjamuri
good book and service
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bryant scott
Outstanding
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tanya ellington
Great book, but you really should avoid sugar alltogether, not just minimize it...
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kiah
looks line new
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jeremy rice
great info!
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soline
good read
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jad na
Great book!
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alandra weaver
very informative,
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nevena coric
Very thorough book , quite technical but gives all the information you need to give up eating the rubbish that is processed food. Thanks Robert for your hard work.
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dana kaechele
This writer is awesome. I bought the book because I heard him speak. Absolutely fearless and knowledgeable. He is changing the world.
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fatima saadullah
Genius!
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courtney reese
If you care about your health and the health of your loved ones you will buy this book, read it and put it to work. Outstanding job of research.
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afsane rezaei
the sugar in our diet is killing us, thanks robert for bringing this to the forefront, i am passing this on to others.
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