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Sugar Shock!: How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Life--and How You Can Get Back on Track Paperback – December 26, 2006
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“The definitive look at how Americans are simply eating too much sugar and how this is having a profound negative impact on millions of people. This well-researched book should be considered must reading by anyone interested in the complex health discussion underway in America today!”—Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
“Wow! This is an impressive, exceptional exposé and self-help work!…eye-opening, hard-hitting, and ultimately inspiring.”—“Nutritionist to the Stars” Oz Garcia, author of Look and Feel Fabulous Forever
“Lays out the path to kicking the sugar habit and reclaiming your health.”—Christiane Northrup, M.D.
“Will take your health to new peaks.”—Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series
“I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in improving their health.”—Film producer Harvey Weinstein
“Gives us the opportunity to waken from our sweetened slumber to the serious, well-researched health implications of consuming a diet high in sugar and flour. Read this book. It could save your life.”—Mark Hyman, M.D. New York Times bestselling author of Ultrametabolism
“A fascinating, easy-to-read, very well-researched book. I’ll be recommending it to all my patients.”—Fred Pescatore, M.D., author of The Hamptons Diet
About the Author
Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C., is an experienced journalist, former sugar addict and holistic health counselor. She founded "The 21-Day, Kick-Sugar Countdown Diet" and an international online support group, "KickSugar."
Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., is an internationally recognized cardiologist, certified nutrition specialist, and bioenergetic psychotherapist with 30 years' medical experience.
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On the downside, however, most of this book's guts are regurgitated from other sources (most notably, books that are currently on the market). After reading a few similar books written about the same topic, I was met with a host of redundancy and inadequate paraphrasing. This book also tends to reiterate itself chapter after chapter, and consequently feels sparse and lacking in multiple departments.
I also didn't like how much the author praises multigrain breads and gluten-free sources of grains, when current knowledge would lead us to believe that their glycemic load is actually HIGHER and more devastating on the body than typical refined carbs. This knowledge is crucial to the validity of a book such as Sugar Shock, and I feel a little mislead by the author's claims. Sources from other literature (such as Sugar Blues, The Food Mood Solution) were seemingly omitted entirely in order to fit within the confines of Sugar Shock's opinions, and it's hard for me to overlook such a blatant mishap.
All in all, it's a good read, but I'd recommend Sugar Blues, The Food Mood Solution, and The Ultramind Solution over it any day of the week.
I found the book lacking in inspiration.
The overuse of the phrase SUGAR SHOCK! in all caps (as is written here) was just too annoying. Why anyone would think this was a practical way to put together convincing text is beyond me.
There are some good nuggets of information, but considering the author sourced nearly everything from other books, you could probably find that info elsewhere.
In the end, I think the author had overcome an addiction and wanted to tell people about it, but somehow that would not make a full length book, so this ended up being the result. This would have been much more effective if there was more about how the author overcame her addiction rather than her trying to be an expert on the subject (she is not). Her story was mentioned but not very detailed (and she admitted that the account was fictionalized).
In sum, the whole book is one long series of quotes by doctors and other authors. Not an original thought in the whole book. I question whether the author actually had an addiction or whether she actually gave up her addiction. There is very little that relates to the author's own experience or expertise.
So much is lifted from Nancy Appleton, you would be better off reading one of her books.
I highly recommend Sugar Blues by Dufty