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Publisher Description

David Gillespie was 40kg overweight, lethargic, sleep-deprived and the father of four, with twins on the way. He knew he needed to lose weight fast, but he had run out of diets - all had failed.

After doing some reading on evolution (why weren't our forebears fat?), David cut sugar - specifically fructose - from his diet. He immediately started to lose weight, and kept it off. Slim, trim and fired up, David set out to look at the connection between sugar, our soaring obesity rates and some of the more worrying diseases of the twenty-first century, and discovered some startling facts in the process.

Sugar was once such a rare resource that nature decided we didn't need an off-switch - in other words, we can keep eating sugar without feeling full. In the space of 150 years, we have gone from eating no added sugar to more than a kilogram a week. You would need to run 7km every day of your life just to not put on weight as a result of eating that much sugar. Two decades ago 1 in 14 adult Australians were obese; that figure is now 1 in 5. The 'natural' sugar in one glass of unsweetened fruit juice per day for a year is enough to add just over 2.5kg your waistline. The more sugar we eat, the more we want. Food manufacturers exploit our sugar addiction by lacing it through 'non-sweet' products, such as bread, sauces, soups and cereals. Sweet Poison exposes one of the great health scourges of our time and offers a wealth of practical and accessible information on how to avoid fructose, increase your enjoyment of food and lose weight.

1 September
Penguin Random House Australia
Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd

Customer Reviews

asterisk123 ,

A must read!

For anyone serious about losing weight or simply concerned about their health.

This book sets out in clear, concise, and relatively easy-to-read-language the pitfalls of eating sugar.

David's conclusions are backed up by extensive research and sound logic.

Reading this book will honestly change your life; and it may well save it!

NicknHam ,

Why didn't they tell me this at school

A great look into why I'm overweight. Why did I buy into exercise until I get injured only to find out if I didn't eat so much sugar in the first place... A fun and easy read. Let hope I drop 20kg..

dam71 ,


This is great work. Beautifully written. Easy to understand as each penny drops. What a difference it's made. So good to be able to feel full again and not live each day trying to control the quest for more food. I knew something was wrong and was getting worse. Now I say: "thanks I've had enough" and feel back in control. Awesome

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