If you are serious about cutting sugar from your life then these books will help you beat your sugar diet and put you on the right track.

Living Foodz writer Priyanka Sharma’s one week of #NoSugarChallenge inspired us to look for ways to keep up the momentum to try and beat the sugar habit. We scoured the web to bring together this impactful list of five books that we believe will help us to stay on track in our quest for a sugar-free lifestyle. Here are five books on sugar that you need to read right away.

Pure, White and Deadly

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John Yudkin’s book on the ill-effects of sugar is terrifying for the simple reason that he called the sugar industry’s bluff way back in 1972. Predictably, the food industry ignored him and his work as a scientist before his book Pure, White and Deadly got a new lease of life after being brought up to date by obesity expert Dr Robert Lustig. The book has just one aim and it succeeds in conveying it to the reader – refined sugar is poison. Read this to stay away from sugar for a long, long time.

The Case Against Sugar

the case against sugar book gary taubes

Gary Taubes book The Case Against Sugar is the latest book that takes aim at the health hazards of sugar. It’s cover declares that sugar is the new tobacco that is ruining lives because it is backed by a powerful lobby. The rise and rise of diabetes, obesity, tooth decay, hypertension and other lifestyle diseases can all be traced back to one ingredient – sugar. Using simple science and straight talk, Taubes makes us aware of the impending doom our generations is facing thanks to our addiction to sugar.


sugar nation jeff o'connell

Sugar Nation will strike you in the gut with its impactful research and convincing arguments that all boil down to one thing – sugar is bad for you. Author Jeff O’Connell’s story against sugar is also personal so when he offers practical advice on cutting down sugar you know it’s already been done before. After all, nothing impacts us more than someone’s story of having gone through trouble to tell us his story of victory, especially one that talks about his own health journey.

Sweet Poison

sweet poison david gillespie

David Gillespie’s book Sweet Poison not only tells you why sugar is bad but also supplements all that information with practical insight into how to avoid processed sugar from entering your diet while also enjoying your daily meals. Gillespie himself managed to cut fructose – or processed sugar – out of his life and saw he had lost weight and increased his metabolism. What’s more, the book has just been released so you know that all the information is up to date.


That Sugar Book

that sugar book damon gameau

This Jamie Oliver-recommended book is written by Australian actor Damon Gameau and was released along with That Sugar Film. Gameau’s writing is funny, clear and helpful and tells you exactly how sugar affects your body. Moreover, the illustrations, graphs and other figures condense all the information into easily digestible pockets with one terrifying conclusion – sugar is omnipresent in food. It is up to us to select the best sugar-free food as we can. Prepare to be entertained and informed at the same time.



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