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Year of No Sugar

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  2,600 ratings  ·  421 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
Paperback, 303 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Sourcebooks
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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
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

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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
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:
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
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'
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
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
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
I'm sorry to say I had a love-hate relationship with this novel when I finished it. The information on how much hidden sugar is found in American's diets was amazing and horrifying at the same time, and by the fourth chapter of the book i had started carefully checking all the foods in my cupboard and I found some truly shocking things. The powdered onion soup mix I like to use, contains sugar, why? I feel much more aware of "hidden" sugar in the food I eat and I have this book to thank.

So what
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
Eve Straub, a food blogger, wife, and mother of two girls, decided in 2010 that her family would spend an entire year without consuming any fructose (except for the fructose that naturally occurs in fruits), and thus this book was born. They have a couple of exceptions to the "no fructose" rule, which was plenty onerous (no sugar, no honey, no maple syrup, no fruit juice, and so on): they were allowed to have one regular dessert per month as a family, and the girls were allowed to indulge in cak ...more
How can someone entitle a book "Year of No Sugar", and then proceed to do nothing but eat sugar all year? This book purports to be about a family who stops eating sugar for a year, but that's not really what they do. At best, they attempt to stop eating processed food that contains added fructose. But, they constantly make exceptions. Once a month, they choose a dessert and eat that, things like chocolate cake with frosting, banana cream pie,. The children, daughters aged 6 and 11, are also allo ...more
while there are a couple funny parts to this book it is basically the 'twilight' of dietary references. also lets clarify she doesnt avoid sugar for an entire year- she only avoids added fructose- not other types of sugar, and certainly no restricting carbs (which hello turn into sugar in your body). she does repeatedly say that fructose is a 'poison' and gives a variety of reasons but when pressed for something scientific she basically says 'oh science is hard' or 'i may be paraphrasing this wr ...more
I had high expectations for this book and it came up short. First, the title is catchy but misleading. The author didn't give up sugar for a year and instead had monthly desserts and substituted sugar with dextrose (which is often made from GMO corn starches) and brown rice syrup. I thought this would be more about eating more whole foods and less about trying to find ways to eat desserts without sugar. The author also mentioned several instances where she had little to no choices (especially br ...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
Eve's husband suggested she watch Dr. Lustig's video. Eve soon suggested to her husband that their family of four go for a year without sugar.

She learned that biochemically sugar = poison, and culturally sugar = love. There's a sickening dissonance between those two realms.

This book doesn't provide the science of the toxic nature of sugar. The science is already well established, but if you don't already know it you won't find it here (she does cite places to find it, though; if you don't follow
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
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
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
Like the other reviews say, this isn't a science book about why to avoid sugar and the metabolic processing of it in our digestive system. Those books have been written by many and will continue to be written, as long as there is an obesity epidemic and people try to figure out why and how to combat it. This is a memoir about a family that heard that science (specifically, the YouTube lecture of dr. Liustig called sugar: The Bitter Truth, which should be required viewing) and decided to avoid al ...more
This book was really interesting and I admire the effort that her children put in and what they had to give up, but they didn't go a year without added sugar. They went a year (give or take a few exceptions, including a trip to Italy) without added Fructose. In fact, she ordered Dextrose on-line and baked cookies with that. Dextrose is sugar no matter how you look at it. It isn't processed by your liver the way fructose is, but it is sugar. She also baked lots of desserts with dates, but NOT org ...more
First, I must point out that the title of this book is incredibly misleading. Instead of the Year of No Sugar it would be better titled The Year We Tried to Not Eat Sugar but Still Ate a Lot of Sugar (or items that aren't really "sugar" but we still sweetened with dextrose, barley malt syrup, or glucose).

This book was recommended to me by a friend who declared it "life changing." Is it? No. It does, however, make some interesting points. Our American diets contain lots of sugar. I'm not sure th
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
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
The science in beginning was interesting. Her style of writing was enjoyable. But the quality of writing fell off midway through. And let's be honest... her experiment wasn't even close to being "A Year of No Sugar." It was a year of attempting to reduce processed fructose as much as possible, while making several exceptions for birthdays/social gatherings, and occasionally turning the other cheek for lack of preparation. And the whole family was pounding down Lara Bars and homemade desserts tha ...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
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