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Sweet Poison: Why Sugar Makes us Fat

David Gillespie was 40kg overweight, lethargic, father of four, with twins on the way. He needed to lose weight fast, but he had run out of diets - all had failed. David cut sugar - specifically fructose - from his diet. He immediately started to lose weight and kept it off.

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David set out to look at the connection between sugar, our soaring obesity rates and some of the more worrying diseases of the twenty-first century and discovered some startling facts in the process.

  • Sugar was once such a rare resource that nature decided we didn't need an off-switch, in other words, we can keep eating sugar without feeling full.
  • In the space of 150 years, we have gone from eating no added sugar to eating more than a kilogram per week.
  • You would need to run 7km every day of your life just to not put on weight as a result of eating that much sugar.
  • Two decades ago 1 in 14 adult Australians were obese, that figure is now 1 in 5.
  • The 'natural' sugar in one glass of unsweetened fruit juice per day for a year is enough to add just over 2.5kg to your waistline.
  • The more sugar we eat, the more we want. 
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