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The Sugar Fix: The High-Fructose Fallout That Is Making You Fat and Sick Hardcover – April 1, 2008

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"Provides a detailed plan for reducing dietary fructose intake, promoting weight loss, and reversing many of the serious health consequences associated with the typical American high-fructose diet." -- Michael W. Rich, MD, director of the Cardiac Rapid Evaluation Unit, Washington University School of Medicine

"A road map to better health." -- Richard J. Glassock, MD, professor emeritus of medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

RICHARD JOHNSON, MD, has been a practicing physician and clinical scientist for over a quarter of a century. Previously chief of nephrology and director of renal transplantation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Dr. Johnson is now chief of nephrology, hypertension, and transplantation at the University of Florida in Gainesville.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1st edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594866651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594866654
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Richard Johnson, an Elsevier Author, is internationally recognized for his work on mechanisms of renal injury and progression, including in glomerulonephritis, diabetes, and hypertension. He has published more than 300 medical articles and lectured in more than 25 countries.

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Steve Burns VINE VOICE on August 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must have for the health conscious or for those looking for how to really lose weight. The author presents the inherent dangers of excessive fructose in the standard American diet and the damage it causes.A high fructose diet causes the body to increase its levels of uric acid which leads to high blood pressure and obesity. Fructose is the sugar naturally found in fruit and is an additive in most processed foods. The book presents a low fructose diet and advises the use of mainly starchy carbohydrates and the avoidance of all fructose for the first two weeks of the diet. After the first two weeks you can add a few pieces of fruit to the diet. The diet is well balanced between carbohydrates, protein, and fat. I have read 100 diet and health books and have lost 50 pounds myself on the Zone Diet which is very close to this one. I highly recommend this book for losing weight and for having better health. It really explains the damage that excessive fructose does to the body and what foods to avoid which contain it.
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Schryer on April 4, 2008
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This book is a well written and quite readable fount of useful information about sugar and especially about the relatively new sweetener called high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was developed a little more than 35 tears ago. It has one big advantage, it's the most inexpensive sugar available. But it has the disadvantage of being very unhealthy when consumed in large quantities, in which it currently is consumed because of its low cost. High fructose corn syrup can cause obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes among other ailments and all of these ailments have increased dramatically since HFCS has come to be the most popular sweetener currently in use. HFCS is used in a large number of foods not normally thought of as containing sugar -- including bread, ketchup, and baby food -- but a major source of this unhealthy sweetener in modern American diets is soft drinks and sweetened fruit drinks, which are frequently dispensed these days in super-size quantities.

Yes, fruits -- which are good for us -- contain the sugar fructose but in very small amounts, because fructose is very sweet. And humans have safely been eating fruits for a hundred thousand years or more. But high fructose corn syrup in food and soft drinks has increased the amount of fructose which Americans now consume by a much as ten times the amount our ancestors got from fruit and this unnatural increase, as this book points out, has resulted in dangerous increases in obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Please read this book and learn about the risks of this dangerous food product and how to minimize them.
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142 of 160 people found the following review helpful By Burgundy Damsel VINE VOICE on December 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Though some of the science here could potentially be valuable (uric acid and its health connections, to my knowledge, are not explained in any other contemporary work), there is so much misinformation that I would never recommend this to anyone.

It is certainly true that reducing your fructose intake, specifically through eliminating HFCS, will improve your health but the suggested diet outlined here is hopelessly inadequate and rife with glaring omissions and outright fallacies. Key examples include:

1. Promotion of alternative sugars such as aspartame - contrary to what the author states, aspartame, splenda and other alternative sugars are neither safe nor constructive for someone attempting to rebuild their health.

2. "Safe food" list vagueness - "biscuits" are listed as a safe food, however most biscuits are made from white flour which almost instantly breaks down into sugar in your body, completely defeating the purpose of a reduced sugar diet. In addition, most commercial biscuits will contain hydrogenated oils and/or added sugar which are also counterproductive. These issues are never addressed and other list items contain the same type of vagueness. It difficult to see how someone without other resources or prior knowledge of the subject could successfully use this guide.

3. Dairy - the author recommends non-fat dairy products, which have been proven to be less beneficial for health and weight loss than their full fat counterparts. In addition, he makes no distinction between ultra-pasteurized, artificially sweetened, rBGH loaded dairy products and their organic/all natural/raw alternatives.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought and finished this book in 2 days. As a person who has suffered from insulin resistance for years and blessed not to have developed type 2 diabetes, this book was an answer to my prayers!! What should have been common sense to me in regards to overconsumption of sugar laden foods, was not. It took this book to show me just how dangerous HFCS and Fructose really is in large amounts. The diet outlined in the book is surprising at not at all difficult but one must ask themselves, how bad do they want to be healed. It is a small sacrafice for abundant health. I have often asked myself why so many Americans are so fat and unhealthy and now I know why. Thank-you so much Dr. Johnson for such simple yet profound information. Do yourself a favor and purchase this book. I guarantee that it will be an eye opener!!!
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