Suicide by Sugar: A Startling Look at Our #1 National Addiction

Suicide by Sugar: A Startling Look at Our #1 National Addiction

It is a dangerous, addictive white powder that can be found in abundance throughout this country. It is not illegal. In fact, it is available near playgrounds, schools, and workplaces. It is in practically everything we eat and drink, and once we are hooked on it, the cravings can be overwhelming. This white substance of abuse is sugar.Over two decades ago, Nan...

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Title:Suicide by Sugar: A Startling Look at Our #1 National Addiction
Author:Nancy Appleton
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  • Shannon

    Most anyone who knows me knows I have a huge passion/obsession with all things healthy. So much so that it's hard for me not to get swept away in some of the nutritional hype of new products. Lately I've been trying to focus my energies on a certain old product that I am beginning to think has wreaked havoc on America's health...sugar. I love the stuff, but would love to lessen the amount of it I consume. (And yes, I'm focusing just on me right now and hoping it trickles down to my kids through

    Most anyone who knows me knows I have a huge passion/obsession with all things healthy. So much so that it's hard for me not to get swept away in some of the nutritional hype of new products. Lately I've been trying to focus my energies on a certain old product that I am beginning to think has wreaked havoc on America's health...sugar. I love the stuff, but would love to lessen the amount of it I consume. (And yes, I'm focusing just on me right now and hoping it trickles down to my kids through osmosis or something.) The AHA recommends we women eat no more than 25 grams of added sugar a day, about 100 calories. Yet most of us are consuming over three times this much. After reading this book and counting my grams of added sugars for a few days, I can see how easily it is to go overboard on the stuff. It's in our bread, crackers, pasta sauce, some vitamins, toothpaste, etc., not to mention all the daily "treats" we Americans eat. I greatly admire health advocates like Nancy Appleton who can successfully limit the foods/substances that they know do them more harm than good, who can say "no thanks" to cheesecake and chocolate and mocha frappes. It's my goal in life to be more like them. So, if I could just go live in isolation for a few months, I may be able to break my own sugar addiction. Until then, I'll just keep doing my personal best and reading inspiring books like this one to keep me somewhat in line :)

  • Heidi

    This book confirmed scientifically what I already suspected: too much sugar is bad for me. Sugar makes us more susceptible to illnesses and makes it harder for our bodies to heal. The author links sugar to the normal diseases like diabetes, hypoglycemia, and obesity, and also to dementia, cancer, and metabolic syndrome. Her claim is that sugar turns the body acidic, which knocks it out of homeostasis, which is bad because our bodies like to be in homeostasis. Oh, and sugar is addictive (which I

    This book confirmed scientifically what I already suspected: too much sugar is bad for me. Sugar makes us more susceptible to illnesses and makes it harder for our bodies to heal. The author links sugar to the normal diseases like diabetes, hypoglycemia, and obesity, and also to dementia, cancer, and metabolic syndrome. Her claim is that sugar turns the body acidic, which knocks it out of homeostasis, which is bad because our bodies like to be in homeostasis. Oh, and sugar is addictive (which I kind of already suspected).

    The book was awkwardly written in many places, to the point where it bugged me. The author clearly isn't an...author. At least not normally. The science seemed sound, although sometimes I thought she made conclusions that were outside the scope of the study. I have no doubt that Big Sugar is currently hiring its own set of scientists to refute all her claims.

    Now I just need to read a book about willpower.

  • Lynne

    I gave this 3.5 Stars

    About: "A Startling look at our #1 National Addiction" and "why our sweet tooth may be killing us"

    Did you know that...1) The average person consumes 23 teaspoons of added sugar every day, which is 460 calories that supply no additional nutrients and upset the body's chemistry? 2) There are 10 teaspoons of sugar in a 12-ounce soda? 3) Sugar can lead to ovarian cancer and alcoholism and can cause varicose veins and juvenile delinquency, among 136 other

    I gave this 3.5 Stars

    About: "A Startling look at our #1 National Addiction" and "why our sweet tooth may be killing us"

    Did you know that...1) The average person consumes 23 teaspoons of added sugar every day, which is 460 calories that supply no additional nutrients and upset the body's chemistry? 2) There are 10 teaspoons of sugar in a 12-ounce soda? 3) Sugar can lead to ovarian cancer and alcoholism and can cause varicose veins and juvenile delinquency, among 136 other cancers and diagnoses listed by the author.

    Overall: It was eye-opening but just okay. Too scientific at times. I skipped to the parts I was interested in.

    Liked...The inside scoop (hehe) on sugar and the awareness I gained as to the amount of sugar I eat and what it does to me. I'm hypoglycemic and shouldn't eat sugar anyway, but I love gummy worms, Skittles and ice cream. According to the book, I'm addicted and need a 12-step program (yes, they really have them for sugar addicts). My new found awareness is keeping my candy-loving self in check, but I will not give up my occasional glass of wine or my caffeine every morning as recommended by the author. Man, this book is hard core.

    Didn't like...how scientific and extreme the book is in it's advice to avoid sugar. Give up ketchup? Uh...not going to happen.

    Source: Library

    Why I chose: Hi, I'm Lynne and I'm an addict.

    Recommend? Yes if you have a problem with sugar addiction, want to lose weight (because there really are only empty calories in sugar), or you are curious to know what sugar does to the body. It's not pretty.

    Rating: 3.5 / 5

    Addendum: Since reading the book a few days ago, I took the time to read food labels at the grocery store, and WOW. It's amazing how much sugar is added to food. Some yogurts have as much as 25 grams of sugar, which is a little over 6 teaspoons. I couldn't find any yogurt that had under 10 grams of sugar (2 1/2 teaspoons). Aaaaand I've lost two pounds since watching my sugar intake. That's worth half a star :)

  • Gwendoline Van

    Over the years, sugar's gotten quite bad press, and Appleton brings it together in her book for a convincing look at why this relatively modern ingredient really has us all worse off. As someone who overcame nicotine addiction, my sweettooth eerily resembles the cravings and detoxes I experienced before, and oh, alas, it's because we become chemically dependent on sugar to fix its own ravages within our dependent bodies.

    The sugar fiend is a real one: Apparently, all our bodies can biologically

    Over the years, sugar's gotten quite bad press, and Appleton brings it together in her book for a convincing look at why this relatively modern ingredient really has us all worse off. As someone who overcame nicotine addiction, my sweettooth eerily resembles the cravings and detoxes I experienced before, and oh, alas, it's because we become chemically dependent on sugar to fix its own ravages within our dependent bodies.

    The sugar fiend is a real one: Apparently, all our bodies can biologically handle is 2 tsp of sugar a day, not per serving, before plummeting into biochemical imbalance, paving the way for greater suffering in the form of obesity, cancer, epilepsy, and more. Sugar may be sweet, but per Appleton, it's far from kids' play: This substance is lethal and addictive, and frankly, knowing what we know today, it's criminal how pervasive and prevalent it is.

    "When we eat sugar, our bodies can only respond in one way. They must adjust and try to rebalance themselves after each sugary insult. This balancing act pulls minerals from the body where they are needed and messed up body chemistry, eventually making us sick. Considering the amount of sugar we eat, our bodies do not have the digestive mechanisms to handle the glut of sugar that we consume on a daily basis. We create our own illnesses with every sugary treat we consume and every angry thought we experience." (p. 26-7)

    "Healthy Eating Habits:

    - Ask yourself, "Will this affect my body chemistry?

    - Chew each bite twenty times.

    - Consume portions that are digestible to you.

    - Don't overcook your food.

    - Don't wash food down with liquids--swallow, then drink.

    - If emotionally upset or disturbed, eat smaller portions and chew longer--better yet, wait to eat.

    - Split your plate evenly between cooked and raw foods." (p. 118 - 119)

  • Michelle

    Interesting read, and very convincing. The author makes a very long list of illnesses that sugar consumption contributes to, however the books does not go into detail to back up all of those. It only gives details about a few of them. I think it was trying not to be too scientific so that it would appeal to all readers. But still makes some compelling arguments. I think the real proof is in trying to eat little to no sugar, which I had already started doing. I feel so much better since cutting s

    Interesting read, and very convincing. The author makes a very long list of illnesses that sugar consumption contributes to, however the books does not go into detail to back up all of those. It only gives details about a few of them. I think it was trying not to be too scientific so that it would appeal to all readers. But still makes some compelling arguments. I think the real proof is in trying to eat little to no sugar, which I had already started doing. I feel so much better since cutting sugar out of my diet, that that is probably all the proof I need. I read the book to sort of encourage myself to keep going with that. I also wish it had included more statistics... surely there are studies out there, some of us just need a lot of convincing.

  • Miranda

    This book covers some important info, but the writing style and inconsistencies annoyed me. I was also alarmed that an anti-sugar book would recommend cream of rice for breakfast, which is nothing but ground up white rice--not exactly low on the glycemic index. The food plans are barely explained. Also, a serious error on pp. 75-76. The author explains that a research study found that obese mice had more firmicutes in their guts, and thin mice had more bacteroidetes. When firmicutes were transpl

    This book covers some important info, but the writing style and inconsistencies annoyed me. I was also alarmed that an anti-sugar book would recommend cream of rice for breakfast, which is nothing but ground up white rice--not exactly low on the glycemic index. The food plans are barely explained. Also, a serious error on pp. 75-76. The author explains that a research study found that obese mice had more firmicutes in their guts, and thin mice had more bacteroidetes. When firmicutes were transplanted into the thin mice, they gained weight. The author then cites a subsequent study that showed that overweight pregnant women had higher levels of bacteroidetes than normal-weight pregnant women and passed these along to their newborns, predisposing the infants to later weight gain. So, which is associated with overweight: the firmicutes or the bacteroidetes? The author has it both ways. Not confidence-inducing.

  • Linda

    "Just a sweet tooth or sugar addiction?".

    Sugar is linked to cancer, epilepsy, dementia and hypoglycemia. It gives you 140 reasons why sugar is ruining your health.

    Ensure contains 40 grams of sugar and pediasure for babies contains 31 grams of sugar!!!!

    Includes recipes and tips for healthy living

  • Anne

    It's good to remind myself the reasons to avoid sugar, however, this book was lacking in many areas. First, the authors cite many studies, but then make wild claims without anything to back it up. If this is supposed to be a scientific look at sugar intake, it lacked in providing evidence (that I know exist because I read a few other books on sugar). Just one example (and the book is laden with them), on page 74: "...[O]bese people have been known to underreport their food and sugar intake." Fro

    It's good to remind myself the reasons to avoid sugar, however, this book was lacking in many areas. First, the authors cite many studies, but then make wild claims without anything to back it up. If this is supposed to be a scientific look at sugar intake, it lacked in providing evidence (that I know exist because I read a few other books on sugar). Just one example (and the book is laden with them), on page 74: "...[O]bese people have been known to underreport their food and sugar intake." From where was that information taken? We don't know because it's not cited and sounds incredibly prejudiced. There are other instances where the authors choose to use pejorative language over neutral, scientific language. For example when they compare "active" people to "lazy" people.

    I'd say don't waste your time reading this abrasively-toned book and read "The Case Against Sugar" by Gary Taubes instead.

  • Sharon

    Some good information but you have the search through the mess of writing to find it.

  • Peter Bibler

    The writing style detracts from the important message of how a high sugar diet harms your health. The book is scattered, disorganized and often redundant. Scare tactics without adequate citations are sometimes used to get her point across. Lazy leaps of logic are annoying, such as linking eating chocolate to bulemia in one paragraph. Or later, when she writes that studies show conflicting results re: links between sugar consumption and children's emotional states, she asks us to rely on our gut

    The writing style detracts from the important message of how a high sugar diet harms your health. The book is scattered, disorganized and often redundant. Scare tactics without adequate citations are sometimes used to get her point across. Lazy leaps of logic are annoying, such as linking eating chocolate to bulemia in one paragraph. Or later, when she writes that studies show conflicting results re: links between sugar consumption and children's emotional states, she asks us to rely on our gut when reading about anecdotal evidence. She frequently glosses over the differences between causation and correlation. Finally, I feel strange reading a book where the author repeatedly recommends buying one of her homeostasis test kits with an order form conveniently appended at the end of the book.

    I'm convinced I should follow a low sugar diet but my conclusion comes from other reading, not from this book.

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