The book details the addictive nature of sugar and gets into the disastrous effects it can have on your body. The author uses humorous as well as scary anecdotes of how sugar affected her own life to solidify her point, but follows these up with scientific explanations and quotes from other experts that even someone like me can understand.
The author talks about how sugar affected her life and the ensuing awareness that led her to kick the habit. Ms. Bennett began investigating sugar after being diagnosed with low blood sugar, a condition that presents itself as a roller coaster ride for blood sugar. In the first chapter, Ms Bennett ties together a bunch of seemingly unrelated symptoms, to what she calls “Sugar Shock”, by listing 44 horrible emotional and physical effects of sugar which encompass mood swings, temper tantrums, suicidal thoughts, heart palpitations, obesity, type-2 diabetes, fatigue, loss of coordination and fainting. This list is a must for everyone to read and remember. Interestingly enough, Ms. Bennett was able to “cure” all these symptoms simply by eliminating sugars and refined carbohydrates from her diet.
Ms. Bennett talks about ALL refined sugars, not just sucrose, and hits high fructose corn syrup really hard in inferring that it might be the most harmful of all sugars. Another interesting connection in the book is that farm subsidies have kept the price of a few commodities, like corn and soybeans, artificially low while prices for quality fruits and vegetables have steadily increased. What this means is that products sweetened with high fructose corn syrup are very cheap to produce and these products do nothing but supply harmful aspects to our diet while supplying high profits to the manufacturers.
To a person coming in contact with this information for the first time, “Sugar Shock” can be pretty heavy. While Ms. Bennett gets into the ills of refined carbohydrates really well, I don’t think that she hits on the benefits of complex carbohydrates well. She mentions whole grains and the like but basically she is screaming that all carbohydrates are from the “dark side”. Because she blasts sugar so heavily her points about “good” carbs tend to get lost in the shuffle. For a first time reader, they could get the wrong impression and not fully realize the importance of eating only complex carbohydrates and abstaining from refined carbs. Ms. Bennett concludes the book with a section for parents, a question and answer section dealing with how to shake the sugar habit, and what she did to achieve success. Unfortunately, there was not a recipe section. The book also contains heaps of valuable information on trans-fats, artificial sweeteners and other harmful elements in most people’s diets.
In this world where sugar-filled foods and drinks and constantly thrust upon us by a bought and paid for media, this book hits a nerve by stating emphatically that these foods should NOT be in our diets let alone form the basis of our diets. So, the next time you have a craving for something sweet like soda or candy, read “Sugar Shock”. This is a book that should be recommended and past on to your friends and family. It is probably one of the best books on the subject to come along since Gloria Swanson collaborated to write “Sugar Blues” over 30 years ago. If you are on the Standard American Diet, you must read this book.