Wednesday, December 30, 2015

That Sugar Book by Damon Gameau

Health literacy is crucial. Knowing what’s in the food you eat and how it affects your health and wellbeing is the subject of That Sugar Book: The Essential Companion to the Feature Documentary That Will Change the Way You Think About 'Healthy' Food. 

The book is divided into four parts. In Part One, we learn how and why Damon Gameau, the author, altered his diet to consume 40 teaspoons of sugar a day for 60 days. He lived out this experiment to bring awareness to parents and children of the hidden sugars in store bought foods and beverages; 80% of processed foods contain sugar. In Part Two, he reveals the impact of sugar on his body and mental acuity. After Gameau detoxes in Part Three, he shares the recipes without sugar or refined carbohydrates he used, to get back on track in Part Four.

"Sugar can create a fog in our brain
that clouds our perception."
That Sugar Book, page 71
Gameau had a "Juicepiphany" the day he whipped up a glass of apple juice in the juicer. He discovered that when it comes to sugar, fruit and fruit juice are not the same. Since the juice contained the sugar of four apples, all at once,16 teaspoons of sugar bombarded his body. Eating a small piece of fruit seems to be nature's way of slowing down our fructose intake. How much sugar should adults ingest per day? The American Health Association recommends no more than 9 teaspoons for men and 6 for women.

Check out this book or the feature documentary Gameau created, That Sugar Film, to find out what sugar does to the body and how you can head off the ill effects linked to tooth decay and such conditions as candida, gout and diabetes.

If you like That Sugar Book and want to detox from the sweet stuff, try I Quit Sugar, Your Complete 8-week Detox Program & Cookbook by Sarah Wilson, available as a book or e-book at the Virginia Beach Public Library. Wilson wrote, “Our modern food system is set up around sugar, and seductively so.” She shares her story and 108 sugar-free recipes. 

Review by Sandi H.

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