I love to read and have decided to begin doing a series of book reviews to share my thoughts and opinions. Just finished reading That Sugar Book by Damon Gameau. I was very excited when I saw the promotion about the book and the movie since sugar seems to be so insidious to many of the foods we eat. Also, many of my coaching clients, struggle with sugar on a daily basis. I remember reading a very long time ago Sugar Blues which stated it was easier to kick heroin than sugar, which is pretty frightening.
After reading That Sugar Book I am in the odd position of giving it 1 thumbs up and 1 thumbs down. Damon Gameau went on a 60 day journey to see how adding 40 teaspoons of sugar daily to his diet impacted his health. There was a lot of great information about :
~ how the food industry works to disguise the sugar in our foods by calling it many different things
~ how to read labels to determine the actual amount of sugar
~ how sugar addiction works
~ how sugar is so bad for our health
Very good reading, all of it. Here is a great quote from the book:
“Many of the reviews where the final review says there is no evidence that sugar is associated with metabolic disease of any kind are funded by the sugar industry. It’s really scary to employ staff and know that money is going to go away if you find an answer different from what they (the industry want) want. I am much happier being a struggling scientist, not knowing where the money is coming from…than a scientist receiving money from an interest who is only going to be happy with one result.” ~ Kimber Stanhope, University of California, Davis
Where the author and I part ways is where he shares his food plan and recipes after his 60 days; what he calls his healthy food plan. His eating plan is filled with meat, dairy, saturated fats like butter and cheese. The recipe which pushed me over the edge was a pate using chicken livers. Yuk. I have added a description below of the purpose of the liver and can’t see any reason to eat liver for health reasons.
From Web MD: The liver’s main job is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. The liver also detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs. As it does so, the liver secretes bile that ends up back in the intestines. The liver also makes proteins important for blood clotting and other functions.
So again, while I agreed with the author’s information on over consumption of sugar, I feel the food he is recommending instead is not based on any scientific evidence for healthy eating. So I would not recommend this book to others. There are lots of books out there on the unhealthy side effects of sugar which don’t include recipes I feel are the opposite of healthy.
Teaching Healthy Living,