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Farewell, My Sweets: The Sugar Shunning Trend

year of no sugar

If fat was the star dietary villain for the past few decades, sugar is quickly stepping up to take its place. The sweet stuff figures prominently in the recent documentary Fed Up. There are websites, such as I Quit Sugar, devoted to eliminating sugar from the diet. And several books published this year chronicle or advocate similar nutritional journeys, including Year of No Sugar — which recounts a family’s quest to rid their lives of added sugars — and The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, written by Dr. Mark Hyman, who just so happens to advise the Clinton family on matters of healthy eating.

According to Dr. Hyman, there may be no worse evil clogging up America’s diets than sugar — in all of its insidious forms. As his book title suggests, he advocates total avoidance for 10 days to give the body a break from junk and processed food, rebalance blood sugar and help kill a sugar addiction.

Eve Schaub, the author of Year of No Sugar, started wondering about the topic after watching Sugar: The Bitter Truth, a video lecture by Dr. Robert Lustig, of the University …read more