Librarian Recommended Reads: That Sugar Book by Damon Gameau



Sugar has been featuring quite heavily in the media lately with scientists and medical professionals producing new information about its negative effects on our health and the way it is hidden in seemingly healthy foods. We have had a definite increase in the number of borrowers seeking information around sugar and sugar-free diets who may be interested in this new title.

That Sugar Book is a tie-in to the documentary That Sugar Film. Styled on the likes of Super Size Me, the author, Damon Gameau, changes his diet to include 40 teaspoons of sugar a day for 60 days – the average daily sugar intake in Australia – and monitors the effect on his body. But rather than eating the obvious sugary items like chocolate, sweets, ice cream, or cake, the sugar must come from things marketed as ‘healthy’ foods.

Gameau explains how sugar damages us, and how easy it is to consume sugar without realising it, revealing the astonishing amounts of sugar hidden in supposedly healthy foods on supermarket shelves – such as low-fat yoghurt, muesli and children’s fruit snacks.

Although his calorie intake was the same as his regular diet, Gameau put on nearly nine kilograms in the 60 days. Within a couple of weeks, he had the beginnings of fatty liver disease.

That Sugar Book is a great read even if you’re not looking to change your diet. Gameau deals with a very serious subject but writes in a lighthearted way which keeps the reader interested rather than being bored by facts.

A staff favourite! Read by Adrienne and Raschel

Reserve That Sugar Book here


You might also like:

Super Size Me A DVD documentary on the effects of fast food

David Gillespie

David Gillespie


The Sweet Poison Quit Plan: how to break the sugar habit and lose weight by David Gillespie: An over view of why sugar is bad for you and how we get addicted along with information and strategies for quitting sugar and alternative proven recipes.




Sarah Wilson



The I Quit Sugar books by Sarah Wilson: gorgeously styled books from a self-confessed sugar addict. Wilson recounts her struggles with sugar and how she eventually quit sugar for life. Recipes and lifestyle advice for anyone looking to make diet changes.







About HB Williams Memorial Library Staff

The HB Williams Memorial Library includes five community libraries and supports the multi-cultural community of Gisborne and the East Coast of New Zealand.
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