Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease by Robert H. LustigRobert Lustig’s 90-minute YouTube video Sugar: The Bitter Truth, has been viewed more than two million times. Now, in this much anticipated book, he documents the science and the politics that has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last 30 years.
In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control.
To help us lose weight and recover our health, Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation. Compelling, controversial, and completely based in science, Fat Chance debunks the widely held notion to prove “a calorie is NOT a calorie”, and takes that science to its logical conclusion to improve health worldwide.
Book Review. Fat Chance: The Hidden Truth About Sugar, Obesity and Disease by Dr Lustig
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Sugar is addictive, toxic and everywhere. Find out how your sweet tooth might be nibbling you to death in this straight-talking expos. Well written medical research based review of why sugar and fiber are the primary problems of our diet. The solution is to eat real food. The back end gets down to the corporate and political problems of the issue. I have the background to be able to follow the science but biochemistry really makes my eyes glaze over, so after a few chapters of this I admit to skimming.
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H ere's a mini-quiz for foodists who pride themselves on their knowledge of obscure consumables: what are diastatic malt, dextran, ethyl maltol, panocha and sorghum syrup? Robert Lustig, an endocrinologist who works on childhood obesity, is angry with the food industry and the regulatory capture of western governments by its lobbyists. Added sugar is all around us, disguised under deliberately unfamiliar names, and its sweet molecule — fructose — is, according to Lustig, the prime cause of our ballooning "obesity pandemic". Lustig explains the biochemistry of metabolism, and the vicious cycle of obesity, with patient clarity and some alarmingly vivid imagery. You know the way sugar helps to brown meat while cooking? It's browning your insides the same way.