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Book Review of the book "Fat Chance" by Dr. Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L.

Updated on November 18, 2014

The book....

A NY Times best seller about sugar, processed foods, obesity, and diseases associated with them.
A NY Times best seller about sugar, processed foods, obesity, and diseases associated with them. | Source

Halloween candy is the real horror show!

After months, if not years, on the New York Times Bestseller List a book must either be widely considered entertaining or broadly informative on a topic of widespread interest.

Just as Silent Spring rode such a wave of acclaim, so also has Fat Chance by Doctor Robert H. Lustig M.D., M.S.L.

Whereas Silent Spring addressed what we have done to our external environment, Fat Chance addresses what Americans and others around the world have been doing to our internal environment, namely our own bodies.

The culprit? Sugar.

Go into your local store or supermarket, or in too many cases your local school, or even your local gymnasium or fitness center, and you won't have to look hard to spot attractively packaged, and addictive sugar products from sodas which are cheaper than potable bottled water, to the universal mainstay bread. Dr. Lustig has stated that of 600,000 items in a major supermarket, 80% have sugar as an included ingredient.

Whether the sugar is there as the major attraction, or for something as profitable as extending the shelf life of that loaf of bread, sugar is ubiquitous....everywhere.

The proverbial "sweet tooth" doesn't do the thinking, our brains do. Our brains are looking for the pleasurable endorphins that come from a shot of sugar,

If you don't believe it, try going for just one day "cold turkey," no sugar. If you decide to really kick the "sugar addiction" it will take a miserable two weeks of denying the craving, accompanied in all likelihood by some headaches and irritability.

The reward for kicking your "sugar addiction"? The possibilities are an elevated brain power, a slimmer and sexier body, better blood flow to all parts of your body, and substantially reduced odds of having to live with the results of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, some forms of cancer, and even gaining the possibility of lowering your risk of dementia, Alzheimer's, and liver disease.

Dr. Lustig is an endocrinologist and has studied how sugar intake affects the body in close partnership with insulin. In a listing of how insulin resistance develops and causes metabolic syndrome (on pages 95 and 96) Dr. Lustig shows the cascading effects that can result from high sugar intake.... a sugar intake level in America that is unmatched per capita in any other country in the world.

The goal of Fat Chance is not to make you swear off sugar, but rather to know and understand what you can do for your life going forward by controlling your appetite for this addictive substance, just as you would limit your intake of any other harmful substance.

Humans can drink alcoholic beverages to excess and get into a world of trouble. Dr. Lustig knows that sugar consumed repeatedly and in excess can lead men. women, and children into their own world of troubles.

If knowledge applied is power, and truth can make us free, then an easy read through Fat Chance can arm you with the knowledge and power to be more of a master or mistress of your own destiny and far less likely to have to deal with diseases that no one in their right mind would ever wish for themselves or their loved ones.

For anyone who cares about health, I strongly recommend obtaining a copy of this book from Plume Books the publisher, your local library, amazon, or ebay.

Dr. Lustig has also written a cookbook intended to reward your efforts at getting a healthy balance to your daily menu. Check out its reviews and reviews of Fat Chance the next chance you get.


Copyright 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      CatherineGiordano - Lessons unpracticed are lessons unlearned. These are important, for sure.

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      Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I agree with you about the importance of this book. I wrote about the interview bill Maher had with Robert Lustig on my blog.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - So much knowledge is available. What knowledge do we need today? How do we stand the best chance of obtaining it? Seek out truth where it is to be found, and always be seeking and sharing it. Someone needs it today.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I wrote a piece about robotics, and I ask indicated the same thing about sugar, as well as fried food. The more that you eat, the more you crave it. This content is very true. Once you are able to rid your body of tees substances, your gut bacteria will become normal, and the pounds will drop off, quite naturally. Also water is one of the most important things that we can consume. Good read and very true.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      dilipchandra12 - Wishes across the oceans, from and to India.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Eiddwen - Wishes across the sea, from and to Wales.

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      Dilip Chandra 3 years ago from India

      Never heard about him, good to know and thanks for the same my friend :)

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub which really did make me stop and think. Voted up and wishing you a great day my friend.


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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Ericdierker - You will think about it even more, if you accept the challenge to do a fast from sugar for a day! (P. S. And don't even think about chocolate chip cookies, or a can of soda (liquid sugar) or a cup of coffee with sugar.)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I was aware it was common just not this common. Makes one really think about what they eat. Great hub.