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Year of No Sugar

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  1,655 ratings  ·  237 reviews
It's Dinnertime. Do You Know Where Your Sugar is 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 a...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Sourcebooks (first published January 1st 2014)
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3 1/2 Stars
I'm a little mixed on this. I did enjoy it, very much actually, but the title is a little wrong. I don't want to be pedantic but it was not 'a year without sugar', it was an attempted year with no sugar; and there's a big difference. I know because Ive done it myself.

I had "no sugar in any shape or form, no substitutes and no cheating" for 18 months, several years ago. Yes, I had a health reason for doing so (and therefore more impetus) but I'm just saying it can be done. Diabetics do...more
Really fascinating. Also, there is sugar in absolutely everything. My phone probably has sugar in it (actually, I'm sure it does, since I'm always eating while I use it). I've included it as part of my 2014 Summer Reading Guide:
Read, Run, Ramble
Title: Year of No Sugar
Author: Eve O. Schaub
Genre: Non-Fiction/Memoir
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Format: Egalley from

Find this review and much more at Read, Run, Ramble

Thank you Sourcebooks via Netgalley for providing me with an early copy of this book!

I abandoned this book at 79%.

There were a few things I was expecting from a book that exclaims the author and her family went without sugar for a year:

1. That the family would actually go without added sugar...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Got me a jumbo-size bag of Jelly Bellys to eat while I read this.

This book served as excellent motivator for me to stay on track and remind me to be vigilant about limiting sugar intake. However, it is a memoir, and thus does not provide much scientific information for those who are new to the topic. Use it as a supplement for meatier books on health and nutrition and the evils of refined sugar in its various forms.

If you think you know what causes heart disease and other modern lifestyle epidem...more
First things first: This is a memoir, not a diet book. If you're looking for a diet book, you'll wind up 2-starring this in the end. Relax and take it for what it is, though, and you'll be fine. It's just one Vermont mom's rage, rage against the ubiquitous sweet toxin, is all, told with a sense of humor. In fact, the writing is fairly laid back and informal, so it's a breezy read, start to finish.

What Eve, her husband, and two daughters did is to try and abandon ADDED sugar in their foods for an...more
Rebecca Foster
(Nearly 3.5) An engaging account of the author’s family project to cut out all added sugar for the year of 2011. It reminded me most of Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (from the multiple family narrators down to the poultry processing and a trip to Italy) and Gretchen Rubin’s happiness books. Like Julie and Julia, this book originated as a one-year foodie blog, and Schaub shares some of Julie Powell’s conversational wit. I think this is an important book, but possibly limited in...more
Julian Pecenco
Overall, I liked this book. However, especially having recently read numerous critiques of both Dr Lustig's laser focus on fructose and the similar tack taken by the new film Fed Up!, it was hard to get past the idea that cutting all sugar at the expense of other key elements of good diet is a useful exercise. As a journalistic experiment/experience, it makes a bit more sense, and she does touch on some of that in her summary chapters.

Still, I found it hard to take dietary advice from a self de...more
Apr 15, 2014 Paula added it

I had to write this review - of a book I have never, and will never, read.

Normally that kind of thing irritates me to pieces, but after reading the other reviews, realizing this book isn't actually ABOUT what it is being advertised to contain, AND apparently suggesting people use "processed natural sugars" such as dextrose, in their foods... Well, I just couldn't help myself.

Why in the world would you suggest people add processed foods to their home cooked meals? An instant "less sugar" m...more
I am actively interested and engaged in reading food/nutrition science and information. I also like a good memoir. Unfortunately, this book did little more than make me angry and worried that people will be getting the wrong message. There are so many wonderful, smart books about food and the industrial food industry that promote a message of eating whole foods, mostly plants (Michael Pollan, anyone?) that would be much better guides for the average reader.

One of my major issues was the author'...more
Jenn Ballmann
I was sent a copy of the book for review through Net Galley, as always, all opinions are my own.

Much like the author I’m concerned about how much sugar I consume and the lengths manufacturers go to hide it in an ingredient list, which is why I thought I would like this book. Unfortunately rather than truly going a whole year without sugar time and time again the author found reasons to deviate from the experiment and even went so far as to replace fructose with dextrose which is still a type of...more
So this memoir of this family who went a year with no ( added) sugar (with exceptions- they did have some sugar) really made me pay attention to how much added sugar my family eats. It was a true eye opening shocking experience for me to see how much we actually eat and that it really is in everything! It is recommended that children should not have more than 12 g added sugar a day and I noticed that one of the "healthy" cereals I had been buying for my children had 13 g of sugar in one serving!...more
This is a great funny book. I think I would do it this way if I could get people on board in my family. Very scary. She did not do this like a militant but did it honestly. Really enjoyed this book
This book was very easy to read, and very intriguing in concept. It was interesting that going "no sugar" was still a heck of a lot of sugar, with planned desserts and exceptions. It helps illustrate how deep our culture is in a sugar hold, that a pretty moderate amount of sugar is seen as restrictive.

The main thing that made me rate it 3 stars was because the author ends up finding ways around a strict no sugar, by doing things like using dextrose. Sure, dextrose doesn't have the same effect on...more
Skye Lucking
This was the most accessible looking book in my stack from the library which also included “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease” by Robert H. Lustig. “Fat Chance” was heavy on the science behind why sugar in all its forms should be avoided and looked like it contained much of the same information that was presented in Lustig’s Youtube video on the topic. So, I skipped it for friendly, shorter, and more colorful cover of YONS (Year of No Sugar).

I like...more
I did something with this book that I almost never do--I checked out a few of the reviews other goodreads members had posted. It cracks me up that so many people got bent out of shape over the title of the book, saying that it's misleading because the author's family still indulged in some sugar. It's called marketing, people! "Year of Mostly No Sugar" just doesn't have the same ring to it. Rational people will understand the reasons for the sugar exception rules.

Schaub did not take on the "no...more
Though YEAR OF NO SUGAR borrows a great deal from two other sources, this memoir is an intriguing glimpse into what living without added sugar entails on a daily basis in America. Schaub gives us the good and bad, the triumphs and frustrations of changing her family's lifestyle more than most of us can imagine before reading this account.

While I was hoping for her to share that this was a successful weight loss strategy, or to give more solid data on health benefits besides her daughters' impro...more
I am a bit of a freak when it comes to healthy eating and trying new things and I have done a similar challenge to a year of no sugar so I was very interested in this woman's experience doing it with her family. So, interesting to see how the kids, the dad and the mom all had different experiences with this challenge and how it really affected their lives socially. We eat too much sugar in this country and it is everywhere. I would hope that some day soon it can be more acceptable to not eat so...more
I was originally attracted to this title, because I love any book that does something for a set amount of time. Unplugged! Cooking in France! Climbing the same hill every day! Not buying things made in China!
This book was really two things to me, One was the memoir of the author, her husband and two young daughters attempting to go without sugar for a year. They didn't. A monthly special dessert was allowed, as well as one personal choice. Fruit was ok, because it is fructose, and not the demon...more
I would recommend this book to everyone - if only so that readers start thinking more about what is in the food that they eat every day. We fret over added sugar but it's hard to avoid when it is in everyone. I would pair this book with "Salt Sugar Fat" as a thought provoking pair of books to help people think about what they eat and why. Schaub is funny and honest. True they don't get through the year with absolutely NO sugar, but they make some concessions in order to make it livable (really w...more
Maureen Paraventi
While the author has a charming writing style and an intriguing premise, I finished the book and went, "huh?" Like her, I've been hearing lots and lots of about the dangers of sugar, and of just how much sugar there is in the processed foods that Americans routinely eat. Ms. Schaub cites sources and builds a strong case against sugar, linking it to obesity, metabolic syndrome and other ills. I believe it. Her decision to remove sugar (or almost all sugar) from her family's diet for an entire yea...more
Jean Johnson
I actually think it's a 4 1/2 stars read. This is great for getting information about why sugar is bad without being too technical or difficult to understand. She does reference a more technical book for more information about the science behind why sugar is bad. I enjoyed that she started with an explanation about her long love of sugar and dessert, because everyone who knows me knows I too love dessert!
I really appreciated the humor, the doses of reality, and the inclusion of her daughters jou...more
Interesting. I've been doing a "sugar-free August" with a group of Facebook friends, and one friend suggested this book. It was surprising and interesting but not converting for me. I didn't love the author's voice, but I did like how she moderated it with a family, and how they made it work. Eye-opening to realize how difficult it is in the US to eat anything processed without sugar.
What an absolutely wonderful,humorous and informative book! Schaub was inspired by Dr Robert Lustig, an expert in childhood obesity, to give up sugar for a whole year. She did so along with her husband and two children. If you're up for the challenge, she includes recipes!
Karen Li
Losing weight, being more fit, becoming more healthy are among the top new year's resolutions. This book details the struggles an American family goes through to stick to the goal of having no sugar within a year, including being creative in the kitchen, struggling to dine in a sugary world, being smart travelling, and how the kids dealt with it too (think birthdays, halloween, kid's parties). Hilarious accounts of vegetable subs with lettuce, and everything tasting like Bananas/Dates.

Loved it....more
I'm a sucker for food health books. This one fell a little short as it is more or less a regurgitation of her blog. The rules of and exceptions to the experiment were extensive, which made for a choppy retelling of the adventure. And I'm highly skeptical of her claim that dextrose (still not exactly sure what that is) is the miracle sugar replacer. All of that said, I love that more and more people are recognizing and documenting how sugar in all of its forms is one of our greatest food problems...more
Sep 02, 2014 Jenny rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
The majority of this book's content is less about not eating sugar than it is about making any kind of deliberate dietary change. Most of the content would apply just as well in a year without added fat, or a year eating locally, or a year without food coloring. Yep, grocery shopping now involves more label-reading. Yep, beverages other than water are not your friend. Yep, most restaurant food, most pre-packaged food, and most food cooked by other people is going to become questionable.

The tone...more
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
Based on the blog of the same name, this memoir chronicles adventures, missteps, and lesson learned the occur as Eve, her husband, and her two young daughters attempt to live without sugar from January until December. The title is a little misleading because each family member is allowed to choose one item they can have as a "cheat" throughout the year (Eva chooses wine, the girls jam) and the family indulges in a monthly dessert that does contain sugar. However, the book does include a lot of i...more
Story Circle Book Reviews
If you are looking for a how-to book on quitting sugar, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for an entertaining, insightful, funny read about a family who took on the challenge of quitting all forms of fructose for a year, then this is it. As the title makes clear, this is a memoir, not a program. That being said, anyone wishing to cut down on sugar could follow the author's example and make a good job of it.

After watching a Youtube video on the dangers of fructose by Dr. Robert Lus...more
Aug 28, 2014 Rose added it
This was a really interesting book. The author read the Lustig book (Fat Chance) and other similar studies, and decided to do an experiment: to take her entire family on a year of zero sugar. They could eat what occurred naturally in fruit (as in, WITH the fruit), but they didn't eat any added sugar. And it was reeeeeally hard, because nearly EVERYTHING has added sugar. They did this with both parents and two kids who were in school. They had a few exceptions (once a month, they could have a sug...more
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
A more accurate title is Year of Reduced Sugar! The author and her family still indulge in a sweet treat every month, and each family member is granted an exception item, which contains sugar. (The author chose red wine.) Sugar really is in almost everything we consume (even bacon and chicken broth!), and the family's quest to attend community events, holiday dinners and even go out to eat without eating added sugar is both hilarious and sometimes scary. But the family learns to adapt, and even...more
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