Year of No Sugar

  • by Eve O. Schaub
  • Narrated by Hillary Huber, John Lee
  • 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Where is your sugar coming from? Most likely everywhere. Sure, it's in ice cream and cookies, but what scared Eve O. Schaub was the secret world of sugar - hidden in bacon, crackers, salad dressing, pasta sauce, chicken broth, and baby food. With her eyes open by the work of obesity expert Dr. Robert Lustig and others, Eve challenged her husband and two school-age daughters to join her on a quest to eat no added sugar for an entire year. Along the way, Eve uncovered the real costs of our sugar-heavy American diet including diabetes, obesity, and increased incidences of health problems such as heart disease and cancer. The stories, tips, and recipes she shares throw fresh light on questionable nutritional advice we've been following for years and show that it is possible to eat at restaurants and go grocery shopping - with less and even no added sugar.


What the Critics Say

"The diary I wish I had kept...the adventures of her family, the roadblocks they encountered, and the sheer daily difficulty of overcoming a national obsession." (From the foreword by David Gillespie, author of Sweet Poison)


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Customer Reviews

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It's a blog turned into a book

This isn't a great book. It's easy enough to listen too but I didn't learn anything about health or nutrition that is not possible to learn from 5mins on wiki. There is no science in the book, there's not even very many benefits given from the experience of giving up sugar. It's the rantings of a Mum who took up a cause obsessively and bullied and made life difficult for her family for 12 months. Half the book seems to be her being outraged at all the things with sugar in it and the other half justifying her behaviour for every choice she made.

By the end of this book I didn't even really like the mother very much.
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- Nikki

Too obsessed with sugar, too free with exceptions

This author made a commitment with her family to go without sugar for the year based on a you-tube video by some doctor I've never heard of. That's fine, but she does it in such a zig-zaggy fashion that it's worthless to try to learn from her experience. For example, she'd rather mess up a whole evening out with her husband than eat the miniscule amount of sugar contained in the bun of a fast food restaurant's roll. She's willing to spend hours shopping and to lay out two and three times the money to get absolutely "pure" sugarless products, but she'll make cookies from dates and bananas and eat them freely. (Dates are sugarless, but apple juice, no sugar added, is not?) Much of her year is spent finding multitudinous ways to get the sweetness experience without using actual sugar.

She apparently thinks it's unreasonable to cut out sugar completely (who asked her to?), so she makes exception after exception. They can have a dessert once a month. They can each have one exception to their rule: the kids can have as much jam as they want, her husband can get his sugar fix with diet Coke, and she can have her wine. (Again, wine counts as a sugared food?) The kids can eat sugar when they're out, not under her supervision.

I myself have tried to give up sugar and rather than fixate on finding substitutes, which perpetuates the desire, or worrying about the trace amounts found in ordinary foods, such as bread, I've tried to tamp down the craving by limiting sugar and all overly sweet foods as much as I conveniently can. (She does have a point about hidden sugar in processed foods, which she is correct to excoriate.) I think the author's heart is in the right place, but her plan didn't work for her---they all went back to their sugared ways after the year was over---and I'm not even going to try to see if it works for me.
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- Virginia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio