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Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease (Anglais) Relié – 27 décembre 2012

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The Mediterranean Diet

Pioppi, a small town in Italy, is the home of the Mediterranean diet. In Ancel Keys' Seven Countries study (Italy was one of the countries), this diet was associated with lower death rates from heart disease. The diet was popularized in America due to its population's low incidence of disease and long lifespan. Unfortunately, Pioppi and many surrounding areas that originally consumed a peasant fare can no longer afford to do so. Processed food is more readily available and cheaper. These areas, once renowned for their health, have soaring rates of obesity in part due to a current lack of whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables from their diets. These items are just too expensive, and they don't taste as good.

Here's what's in the real Mediterranean diet: high olive oil consumption (mono-unsaturated fat); legumes (beans, lentils, peas); fruits, vegetables, and unrefined grains (fiber); dairy products (saturated fat); eggs (high-quality protein); fish (omega-3s); and wine in moderation (resveratrol, flavonoids, and likely other factors). Americans misunderstand the Mediterranean diet, because they think it is all about pasta, which is Italian but not Mediterranean. Because what the Italians used to eat in Italy is not what the Italians eat in the United States. The pasta and pizza movement actually started in the United States within the poor Italian immigrant population, based on the cost of carbohydrates versus meat. That diet then migrated over to Italy. And now the Italians have our problem.

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“No scientist has done more in the last fifty years to alert Americans to the potential dangers of sugar in the diet than Dr. Robert Lustig.” 
Gary Taubes, author of Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat
“Our eating habits are killing us. In this timely and important book, Dr. Robert Lustig presents the scientific evidence for the toxicity of sugar and the disastrous effects of modern industrial food on the hormones that control hunger, satiety, and weight. He gives recommendations for a personal solution to the problem we face and also suggests a public policy solution. Fat Chance is the best book I've read on the relationship between diet and health and the clearest explanation of epidemic obesity in our society.”
Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Spontaneous Happiness and You Can’t Afford to Get Sick
Fat Chance is THE manifesto for our time. It reveals the real reasons we why we are a fat nation and how to cure the obesity epidemic.  It gets right to the root of the problem, which is not gluttony and sloth, as the food industry, government and your neighbor would have you believe.  It is because we are drowning in a sea of sugar which poisons our metabolism, shrinks our brains, and threatens our national security and global competitiveness.  Every American, politician, teacher, and business leader must read this book.  Our nation's future depends on it.” 
Mark Hyman, M.D., author of The Blood Sugar Solution
“Fat Chance is an extraordinary achievement. Obesity's causes, mechanisms, health consequences, and preventive approaches are all devilishly complicated, but Dr. Lustig's outstanding contribution clarifies the complexity via a writing style that's accessible, insightful, and often gently humorous. Robert Lustig is a clinician, a scientist, and an advocate — a combination that that makes him uniquely qualified to bring the condition's many facets into sharp focus. Obesity has become the world's number one health problem. Fat Chance is the book for all of us who must confront this epidemic.”
S. Boyd Eaton, M.D., Departments of Radiology and Anthropology, Emory University, and father of the Paleo Diet movement
“Robert Lustig is neither ringing an alarm bell nor giving us a gentle, paternalistic nudge. His message is more authentic. He is a medical doctor issuing a prescription. In order to address a current cocktail of health threats, Americans must alter their diets and do so radically. Those alterations must begin with a dramatic reduction in the consumption of sugars.”
Alec Baldwin
“The obesity pandemic is well documented. But what can be done about it? More importantly, when does a personal health issue rise to become a public health crisis? In Fat Chance, Dr. Robert Lustig examines the science of obesity to determine the role that our current diet (especially too much sugar and too little fiber) plays in weight gain and disease. Using that knowledge, he proposes changes in our personal, public, and governmental attitudes to combat this scourge. Fat Chance is a 'savory' read with a 'sweet' finish.”
Sanjay Gupta, M.D., neurosurgeon and CNN medical correspondent

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I loved that book! If people want to know more about dieting, losing weight,diabetes and good nutrition they can find in this book the honest information they need. Many people will realize reading this book (as i did) that regarding food and diet they've been fighting the wrong fights and that they wasted their health and money for nothing all along. This book sells you nothing, not even a method to lose weight. Rather it enlightens you and explain in detail why diets don't work and that dieting is flawed from the beginning. Instead of telling you how to lose weight it demonstrates that you should focus on real health and that this is where your energy and money should go. The book's message is essentially to: avoid processed sugars (and foods) of any forms, be aware of fraudulent health claims from the food industry, avoid unhealthy fats and eat whole foods. More than just a method, this book offer to readers a vision and a cause to fight for . It is beautifully written, smart and funny at times. Thank you Mr Lustig!
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Since dr Robert Lustig was mentioned in a recent edition of National Geographic, I watched his clips on youtube, peeked inside his book, and finally bought it.
There are lots of scientific terms, but not so many that the lay reader can't follow.

Great book, in great condition, arrived well within the time frame.
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Édifiant !!!
A mettre en toutes les mains !
La bible des personnes qui ont envie et prennent conscience qu'il faut éliminer le sucre et le fructose de nos assiettes. Compréhensible par des non anglophones avec cependant des connaissances en physiologie.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Life changing nutritional education 3 janvier 2013
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I had hit a wall in terms of eating right and dieting. Then my sister shared with me how much she was able to lower her LDL in her cholesterol by reducing her sugar intake. I started to Google articles on sugar and came across Dr Lustig's You Tube video. It was 90 minutes but it was, in a word, captivating. I was then fortunate to find out that he was coming out with a book at the end of December. I had it delivered to my Kindle while on a beach vacation during the Christmas/ New Year's holidays.
Well, as much as that does not sound like a good vacation book (I did read 2 other novels), it was fantastic on multiple levels. Dr Lustig has a gift because not only is he obviously educated in his field but he is articulate and extremely thorough.
Specifically, his book details how sugar is bad for you but he takes it to a level where you totally get it. He explains it from angles that you have never even realized existed...politically, economically, socially and of course, scientifically. And it is not just sugar. He gets into every corner of nutrition....fiber, insulin, leptin, stress, exercise. The book covers everything. It is obvious he put a tremendous amount of effort into this book. He also states very clearly that he has scientific back-up to all of his statements.
As I mentioned above, I was looking for a "new diet book" but this book is much more than that. Realizing what is going on in my body because I absolutely love and eat so many carbs was mind boggling. He teaches you all about food labels and let me tell you, it is an education. I am married over 25 years and my wife always does the food shopping. This book had such an effect on me, that I went food shopping by myself so that I could take the time and read the food labels. You cannot believe how much sugar is in your food. I am not even viewing my change in eating as a diet. This is about understanding what is going on with all of the garbage that we consume. For me, it is a change of life. The book just clicked with me.
If you want to live longer( in addition to many other benefits such as losing weight), read this book cover to cover. I also love the fact that he endorses the glass of red wine I am drinking right now.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A book that might change how you eat! 28 décembre 2012
Par Christina Dudley - Publié sur
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I devoured this book.

Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF whose "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" lecture video got lots of hits on YouTube, has been watching the rise of obesity and its attendant ills in his practice over the last umpteen years. While not every obese person is unhealthy (and many people with acceptable BMIs still suffer from metabolic syndrome), obesity frequently brings in train "the cluster of chronic metabolic diseases...which includes...type 2 diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), lipid (blood fat) disorders, and cardiovascular disease," along with "co-morbidities associated with obesity, such as orthopedic problems, sleep apnea, gallstones, and depression." Lustig even mentioned the increase of dementia as tied to this whole mess, as insulin resistance leads to dementia!

Consider some of his alarming statistics:

- 1/4 of U.S. children are now obese;

- Greater than 40% of death certificates now list diabetes as the cause of death, up from 13% 20 years ago;

- The percentage of obese humans GLOBALLY has doubled in the last 28 years; there are now 30% more overnourished (obese) people than undernourished, worldwide;

- Fructose (all the sugars you can think of, apart from the sugar in milk) is "inevitably metabolized to fat";

- Fructose consumption has doubled in the past 30 years and increased six-fold in the last century;

- The majority of humans, regardless of weight, release double the insulin today as we did 30 years ago for the same amount of glucose; this hyperinsulinemia leads to insulin resistance, the body thinking it's starving, and increased eating, especially for foods high in fat and sugar because our dopamine receptors aren't getting cleared--a vicious cycle;

- The processed food industry has turned to increased sugars of all kinds to improve flavor and shelf life; we eat lots of processed foods; therefore, 20-25% of all calories we consume on average come from sugars; in adolescents this number can approach 40% of daily calories.

Because I was blitzing through this, I didn't absorb the science as well as I might have, but Lustig helped me understand that how often, how much, and how unhealthily we eat can be a function not of choice but of our biochemistry. The feedback systems and processing systems which served humans so well for eons were not built to handle as much food as we eat nowadays, particularly the avalanche of empty sugar calories. Sweets and fats used to be hard for us to come by--if we hit a surplus, of course our bodies stored it up (as fat) for a rainy day! Unfortunately, there are no more rainy days, so we keep storing and storing and overloading the system.

Lustig's book is not about dieting or losing weight--in fact he says we have natural weights we gravitate toward, and there isn't a heckuva lot we can do about it, exercise or no exercise. But obesity is a new thing that is environmentally-aided, and that can be fought against.

His conclusion? You can probably guess. Lots of fruits and vegetables and fiber. The fiber in fruits requires enough work to digest that it effectively negates the fructose. Milk or water to drink (lactose is not processed like fructose). Meats (not corn-fed) and dairy (ditto) are fine, but don't skip the produce. Whole grains (all the brown in them--exactly how my son doesn't like them), but even then there's no need for tons of grain. And, if it has a nutrition label, it's a processed food. Use sparingly.

The low-hanging fruit Lustig tackles first is ridding your life of soda, smoothies, frappucinos, and fruit juice. (8 ozs of orange juice has more sugar than 8 ozs of Coke.) If you do alcohol, do just enough wine to get the resveratrol benefits and then lay off.

As Lustig points out, changing one's food environment is all but impossible for the poor. After all, corn and soy receive massive government subsidies, making the processed foods based on them cheap, cheap, cheap. Even if you had access to fresh produce, your money goes farther on the stuff in boxes, and food stamps cover soda. One of the more disheartening bits of the book was when he talked about meeting with Michelle Obama's personal chef Sam Kass, the point person for the White House Obesity Task Force. Kass admitted everyone in the White House (incl the Pres) had read Lustig's NYTimes article "Is sugar toxic?" but they would do nothing to help. "Because they don't want the fight, this Administration has enough enemies." Sigh. Not that the Republicans mentioned fared any better. Basically, changing our food landscape is up to us. For those of us with the dollars, vote with our dollars! If we don't buy it, not all the food stamps in the world will make it profitable.

Kind of a bummer to read this going into Christmas-cookie season, but one of my New Year's Resolutions will be to improve the food environment for my kids. (How I wish I had a time machine! I would never have introduced our biggest consumption area for processed foods--breakfast cereal. I can only comfort myself that we don't eat any off of his "Ten Worst Children's Breakfast Cereals" list!)

Highly recommend.

(Thank you to NetGalley and Hudson Street Press for the ARC.)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must Read. Sugar poisoning is real 25 janvier 2017
Par RoninWriter - Publié sur
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It's difficult to write from a phone so please excuse any errors. I learned of this book while listening to an interview with the author on NPR. I immediately bought it and saw it well written and intriguing, but for some reason I stopped reading at about page 30 or do.
That was stupid of me because I started abusing my body with excess sugar, especially juices to avoid sodas. I was armed with just enough knowledge to make myself dangerous. I didn't really see SUGAR ADDICTION as a biochemical problem. The knowledge slowly faded and I eventually went back to sodas as well. Why did I stop reading? I was in better shape then, but now I'm at about 25 plus pounds overweight. My doctor says I'm fine physically, but for the first time in my life I don't feel healthy. I've been eating without restraint and drinking 'not from concentrate' OJ like it's the cure all for the past two years. And yeah, I feel like shit and my stomach shows it.

So I rediscovered this book and read it all the way through this time. It is well written for the layman, yet I had to reread the metabolism section several times and diagram it for myself to truly understand it. I didn't want to gloss over that part because I had to visualize the process and see the villain, as the author calls it, at work in order to plot my defense (against myself).

Also teaching myself to "listen" to the signals that I'm full in the middle of a meal and not succumb to my dopamine craving is a huge tool in my arsenal. I've been overriding this signal to my hypothalamus my whole life so I could wolf down a second and third helping of deliciousness. Now that I'm watching for it, it's there like a weak pulse.

This book is the first time I've been directed to the source (added sugar) and not the end product. I always tried to limit consumption of the end product: sodas, junk food, desserts, trans fats, alcohol with very little success. I would slow down on one and binge on another-- never lowering the source. Now that the myth of a calorie is a calorie has been dispelled I can fight what I put in my body and lower my added sugar intake.

I am wary of everything I put in my body because I know I am a "mark" by those who want me to buy their products-- yes, even those protein drink companies. When I was younger I never trusted those companies to rebuild muscle after a workout but then I started using them upon advice of healthy looking fitness experts.

Upon restarting the book I've cut my sugar intake down drastically and am constantly on the hunt to increase fiber intake. The hardest part is finding food products without added sugars. Labels, other books, internet articles etc. all are proponents of their end product and often give contradictory advice. The bottom line is no one cares about my health, especially if I don't-- so why not make a profit off me?

I suggest you read the book and open your eyes. You will see the epidemic of sugar in everything around you: like Neo in the Matrix. It is crazy!

How do I convince my wife and son of this without sounding like a sugar-nazi or Jesus Freak? I don't. My 12 year-old won't read the book, yet. And my wife already knows everything. Fighting addiction has to start with the addict.

Like the D.A.R.E. Program (for drugs) the gist of this book should be mandatory teaching to parents and kids in school-- every year!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Get it, read it, follow it's advice, you're liver will thank you. 31 janvier 2017
Par Gabriel - Publié sur
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Probably saved my liver and therefore my life. It changed the way I ate, how I view food, and educated me about things I thought I knew.
I have recommended this book to every patient (I'm an Optometrist) that is Diabetic or pre-diabetic or overweight, pretty much everyone.
I have reread this book three times. The first time freaked me out and I didn't know what to eat. Then the second read I discovered things I didn't pick up on the first read. On the third read I took notes. I still keep it handy to check on things from time to time.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Understandable chemistry that motivated me to make changes. 23 août 2014
Par Hedi A. Bingham - Publié sur
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This books is well written and explains biochemistry in a way that I can understand. While I knew that white sugar, white flour, etc. were not good for me, this book convinced me to try a little harder to switch to healthier options. The one concept that impacted me most is that even before one sees changes on the scale or waistline, positive changes occur internally. For example, as the liver becomes less fatty, it functions better and that leads to other health improvements.

Since we've changed our eating habits, we have more energy and my mood is better. After 2 months, I no longer even want high-sugar snacks. In fact, I surprised my husband with a store-bought pie a few weeks ago and we felt so bad after a couple of slices that we threw the rest in the trash and have not even been tempted to buy anything similar since.

We are eating more healthy foods and we are losing weight and inches, but we are no longer "dieting." This is a lifestyle change and not a temporary "fix."
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