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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Eve O. Schaub (P)2014 Tantor

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"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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Should be compulsory reading

Amazing just as an anthropological study of what the food industry in the US is doing to the population. I've worked in advertising for many years and seen the destruction caused by these massive brands. The peer pressure to consume toxic food. A very important book and should be a warning to Europe which is next in line for US style obesity.

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Fabulous

Interesting read. Inspired me to quit sugar and read ALL the labels. Well written and read.

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Making a drama where there was none

There were one or two good tips but this
is just a blog. Excellent narrator.




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  • Nikki
  • 14-02-15

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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  • Virginia
  • 19-01-15

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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  • William
  • 15-01-15

Not a sweet deal, I hot what I Paid for.

In the preface, I was told that by the end of the book, I too would be willing to totally eliminate the "evil" sugar from my diet.

The performance of this Audio book was above average. The story, written by a blogger, was a good story. However truly the first thing I thought upon finishing this book is "where are my chocolate peanut clusters?"

I was unimpressed by the fact that living this lifestyle is expensive. That was an initial thought, this is going to be an expensive undertaking. The author lost my compassion for cost when the entire family spent two weeks in Italy the summer of the "Year Without Sugar". I was given the impression that foreign travel during the summer months for two week intervals is am annual occurance for thus family. I certainly have no animosity towards these folks, it's just that my compassion for the expense went completely away when I heard the summer travel stories.

As for the title of this review, this Audible book was offered to me as a "daily bonus, pay only $2.95" books. Had I used one of my 24 annual credits (Audible subscription) to buy this book, I'd be looking to find a credit refund!
You will consider your life and the things you eat while reading this book, however I doubt it will inspire thousands to eliminate sugar from their life.

Bill Nelson
Birch Run, Michigan January 15th 2015

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  • Carissa
  • 09-08-17

This book changed my life!

I've listened to this book the whole way through twice now, and both times it has woken me up and changed my world view for the better. The author writes from her funny personal experiences, and with solid science and a great writing style, this makes her the perfect person to convince me that we all need less sugar in our diet. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in thinking more about their food and lifestyle!

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  • Fred
  • 14-02-16

Very telling story of sugar

This is something that I've considered for a while. This book game me the push to go without sugar for a month. I lost seven pounds with absolutely no exercise. I'm now on another sugar free stint for lent. This is not extremely easy, but there are results that will make you curious, even when not being as extreme as the author of this book.

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  • sjvb
  • 07-01-15

Enjoyed this very much

Good narration, this is an interesting book. Well written, easy to follow! And inspiring too .

I am certain that most people will at least start to look at where all the hidden sugars are in our world

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  • coachtom
  • 07-01-15

I liked it.

If peeple really knew what we were eating because of the Monsanto Cbemical Co. there would be a lot less fat people... She does a good job recounting the year of no fructose. I thought it was quite interesting. Gets a but preachy towards the end, But not overly so... Glad I bought it.

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  • RedSoxGirl
  • 08-10-14

Smart read for ridding sugar from your diet

Would you listen to Year of No Sugar again? Why?

Yes, I loved the idea of having not sugar for a year. Using her family with the project was very relatable because I myself would love to try something like that. I would actually listen to this book again for her ideas and tips of what she did to get through the year.

What did you like best about this story?

Eve is honest and easy to relate to. She write's well and with Hillary Huber reading it I enjoyed this a great deal. Nutrition is a topic I am always interested in.

Have you listened to any of Hillary Huber and John Lee ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, and they all sound great.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me really consider how horrible sugar is and how much we don't need it in our diets. It really made me think and possibly want to try something like her experiment.

Any additional comments?

Eve has a website that is also a nice read as well.

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  • Lesli
  • 17-07-17

food for thought

I'm already avoiding sugar as a rule, this book has bolstered my resolve. I will be doing follow up research. I'm curious to know how the author is doing today

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  • John penney
  • 14-05-17

Unsure of what no sugar means to her

Struggled to get through this book is an understatement Her family didn't go without sugar at all they still each kept sugar in their diets and always had an excuse as to why. That's not a year without sugar, and the narrator was like listening to Jeanine garopollo reading Lord of the rings very irritating to say the least waste of time and money would not recommend at all