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Publisher Description

New York Times Bestseller

Robert Lustig’s 90-minute YouTube video “Sugar: The Bitter Truth”, has been viewed more than three 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.

Health, Mind & Body
December 27
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

caffeben ,

Detailed...but no smoking gun.

Anybody who has ever done the low carb diet will probably leave this book with a better understanding of the science of what they were doing but will ultimately probably feel deprived of anything fresh minus the great leptin info. Great science, great delivery, but nothing new. Take home is sugar drives insulin, insulin drives fat storage. Lower insulin, you lower your weight.

Jon Belt ,

Learned a ton from this book

I’ve always struggled with my eating habits starting from my mid20s on. I’ve tried all the diets and they’ve worked for short term success but this book taught me that in order to achieve real success with health is to eat whole foods with lots and lots of fiber. The author then goes into detail about how the government is not doing anything about this predicament. Real change needs to occur in order to stop metabolic syndrome and many diseases associated with sugar and processed foods.

John Bills ,

I wish this was required reading in school

Finally a book about food that isn't only opinion, observation, or "it worked for me so it'll work for everyone." I appreciate Lustig's clear use of peer-reviewed science and simple admissions when he writes his opinion. This book has made me far more passionate about controlling my food environment and the environment of those I love. What's happening to our general population is sad and sickening. This book is a step in the right direction.

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