David Gillespie was 40kg overweight, lethargic, sleep-deprived and the father of four, with twins on the way. He knew he needed to lose weight fast, but he had run out of diets - all had failed. After doing some reading on evolution (why weren't our forebears fat?), David cut sugar - specifically fructose - from his diet.
He immediately started to lose weight, and kept it off. Slim, trim and fired up, David set out to look at the connection between sugar, our soaring obesity rates and some of the more worrying diseases of the twenty-first century.
David describes himself as a recovering corporate lawyer, co-founder of a successful software company and consultant to the IT industry.
He is also the father of six young children. With such a lot of extra time on his hands, and 40 extra kilos on his waistline, he set out to investigate why he, like so many in his generation, was fat. He deciphered the latest medical findings on diet and weight gain and what he found was chilling. Being fat was the least of his problems. He needed to stop poisoning himself.
Governments spend a fortune on programs that tell us to eat less fatty food and exercise more in order to lose weight, while we fork over ever-increasing amounts on gym memberships, packaged meals, books, magazines and the advice of experts. Despite decades of this kind of activity we are now fatter than at any other time in history.
Sweet Poison is a forensic analysis of recent scientific research on the causes of the obesity epidemic. The book takes a hard look at the research supporting the current ‘fat makes you fat and exercise makes you thin’ public health dogma. Deciding that the Emperor has no clothes, Gillespie goes in search of a better answer. He discovers that a line of research (over 3,500 studies) on the extreme damage potentially caused by fructose (one half of sugar).
Sweet Poison is the story of the case against fructose as told through the eyes of a former corporate lawyer who believes in the principle that sometimes things are as simple as they seem. The book exposes the entities that benefit from addition of fructose to our food supply and looks closely at how we all pay the price.