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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; 2nd edition (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895296950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895296955
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

There's the old saying that sugar is poison. After reading Lick the Sugar Habit, you'll be convinced of that. Americans each consume more than 150 pounds of sugar and related sweeteners each year. It's pretty easy for it to add up when you consider that there are 17 teaspoons of sugar in a single can of Coke. Author Nancy Appleton delineates how this sugar overconsumption wreaks havoc with our immune and endocrine systems, leading to chronic conditions including arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, asthma, and hypoglycemia, along with the usual suspects such as cavities and periodontal disease. Appleton admits that she herself used to be a sugar addict, preferring to take her sweets in the form of chocolate, and consequently suffered from numerous allergies, plus bronchitis, pneumonia, and even a chest tumor that turned out to be a huge calcium deposit that resulted from her body's inability to process the pounds of sugar she consumed.

The book starts with thorough quizzes to determine if you really are a "sugarholic" and to test for sugar-related food allergies. Appleton then offers three distinct plans for weaning yourself from the sweet stuff and starting your new "low-sugar life." The best part is the dozens of easy, low-sugar, high-flavor recipes such as Hot Asparagus Soup and Pumpkin Pie.

While Appleton has a Ph.D. and has been studying nutrition for years, she doesn't go into unnecessary scientific details when she explains what those little sugar cubes do to your body. This is a thoroughly readable, eye-opening guide to changing your diet--and your health--for the better.

About the Author

Nancy Appleton, PhD, earned her BS in clinical nutrition from UCLA and her PhD in health services from Walden University. She maintains a private practice in Los Angeles, California. An avid researcher, Dr. Appleton lectures extensively throughout the world and has appeared on numerous television and radio talk shows. In addition to Like the Sugar Habit, she is also the author of the bestselling Healthy Bones and Secrets of Natural Healing with Food. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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107 of 110 people found the following review helpful By M. H. on September 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
For thirty years, I have been studying nutrition as a personal interest. I own dozens of books on the subject as well as having taken a college course. I can honestly say that I consider LICK THE SUGAR HABIT to be one of my most valued possessions. You will find eye-opening information here that's hard to come by in the mainstream press. Appleton's documentation is excellent, as she draws on many sources, including many scientific journals, to back up her statements. Her personal story of how she regained her health is fascinating as well. This book is much more solidly based on science than Duffy's SUGAR BLUES. Until I read it, I never dreamed excess sugar could be the cause of so many ills, including accelerated aging. By acting on what I learned, I've been amazed at how my allergy symptoms have cleared up, my emotions have stabilized, and I seem to be spared the "bugs" that plague my family and friends(I used to be hit hard by every germ that came along).
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 1999
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I read this book about 1 year ago, and since then I have made major changes in my diet, following many of the suggestions in the book. It is amazing what a difference sugar makes in your health and energy level. I used to have at least 2 and sometimes 7 hypoglycemic attacks a week. I now haven't had one in over 10 months! If you have a sugar addiction, hypoglycemia, or diabetes I suggest this book highly!!! Even if you just want to improve your immune system and not get sick as much, this book is for you. I have been striving for better health since I was 6 months pregnant, and this was one of a few integral books in my success.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Coach Martella on March 15, 2003
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This is an excellent easy to read handbook about health and nutrition and the "foods" to avoid putting in your mouth. The only thing I would change about it is it's title. I have purchased MANY copies of this book and when I give it to family and friends, they all have the same reaction -- "sure I like sugar but it's not a habit -- I don't really eat that much". The title is a turnoff to most people for a few reasons -- 1. they are in denial 2. they don't realize how much sugar is in all of the packaged, canned and bottled "stuff" they consume and 3. people do not like to think that they have bad habits". It ought to be published under a title something like: "Have More Energy and Save Lots of Money in Doctor's Bills" or "Eliminate That Excess Fat You Are Carrying Around".
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1999
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are writing on this subject. Read _The Yeast Connection_, by Dr. William Crook (and _The Yeast Connection and the Woman_, _The Body Ecology Diet_, by Donna Gates, _The Food Doctor_, by Vicki Edgson Dipion and Ian Marber Dipion. Also, _Potatoes, Not Prozac_.
The author does seem bent on this one cause and, therefore, many of the conclusions feel incomplete. There is much good in this book. Especially the list and categories of foods.
Take it from one who lost most of the "evil" symptoms of sugar poisoning by eliminating it for one year. Thought I was becoming diabetic, passed out almost every afternoon and woke up with a hangover, had symptoms of MS, had a red rash on my face, itched all over, ached all over, cried all the time, had symptoms of bipolar disorder. You name it. They all disappear in my life when the sugar does.
If you suspect you have a problem read any book on the symptoms of sugar addiction.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By mariam on December 1, 2003
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Nancy is onto something here. If you do just a little bit of research into the beginnings of cardiovascular diseases in the United States you will find a correlation between sugar and heart disease. Prior to the 1940's heart disease was not common then refined sugar hit the market,processed foods became readily available, and the fast food industry took off. Everyone claims that heart disease is caused by cholesterol from eating animal fats but consider the diet of the Eskimo. They eat a diet that is almost exclusively meat and fish and the rate of heart disease among Eskimos is shockingly lower than the rest of us. Why? They don't eat sugar. Constrastingly, India has the highest rate of heart disease and the majority of them are vegetarians! Why? Because too much sugary sweets!! Think about it !!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Chapin on July 17, 2007
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Well, I am not a real new age type of person but I have to say that I believe a great deal of what is said about the harmful effects of sugar. It is my general impression that the substance simply is not good for us and is the cause of numerous health problems. That being said, I will admit that Nancy Appleton is no great writer or scientific authority but I think that much of what she argues here is correct. Yes, her long list of sugar's deleterious effects is probably overstated and overblown, but there is clearly an element of truth in her positions. I found that reading these pages helped to motivate me on my quest to get all the silly and pointless carbs out of my diet so, for that reason, I found the book useful and have to recommend it. The recipes at the end were not real helpful to me but they may be for you. I got it from a z shop on the cheap and you certainly can too if you want to give it a chance. It will add to your will power if nothing else.
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