Friday, September 6, 2013

Sugar Has 56 Names> book review

Sugar Has 56 Names
A Shopper's Guide

by Robert Lustig
Hudson Street Press

Thanks to Netgalley for the copy of this ebook.

Sugar is such an addictive substance, who doesn't love sugar?

In this book you'll learn why sugar is used and what brands, types, and how

they are hidden in the products that you eat.

Here's a description of the book:


In the interest of selling more product and giving it a longer shelf life, the

food industry has during the last few decades made some choices that were great

for their bottom line and terrible for our health.  In this shopper’s companion

to the New York Times bestseller Fat Chance, Robert H. Lustig, MD, shows us how

to fight back by understanding what exactly those food labels mean.  Giving us

an overview of some of the worst problems – like the addition of trans fats and

the subtraction of fiber – Lustig focuses specifically on the way manufacturers

hide  sugars on labels.   Some ingredients, like honey might be easy enough to

puzzle out -- but what about the less obvious ones, like agave?  What about

evaporated cane juice, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, Florida crystals,

and panocha?  Lustig not only provides a list of ingredient names that food

manufacturers use to disguise the sugar content of their products, he includes

a comprehensive list of the packaged foods found on many supermarkets shelves

and gives us the skinny on how much sugar they may be hiding. 


I thought the book was very useful and helpful in learning what I never knew about sugar.. If you thought having agave to replace maybe regular sugar and save calories cause its been said to be healthy, well its actually no big difference and both still are simple carbohydrates.

So if your interested in learning more about sugar, check this book out. :)

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