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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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July 27, 2007


By Mark Sisson

If you’ve heard me say it once you have heard me say it a dozen times – sugar and refined grains are detrimental to your health. Shocking? It shouldn’t be. The over-consumption of sweets and quickie carbs is not only the main culprit of the obesity epidemic that is destroying millions of Americans’ lives, but it also contributes to dozens of serious health conditions and illnesses including type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, inflammation, infertility, sexual dysfunction, depression and fatigue – and that’s just the beginning. The list goes on and on.

During years of grueling, intense training as a pro runner, I wasn’t fully aware of the damage simple carbs can do to our bodies, and my health suffered as a result. Since then I have been on a mission to uncover the best steps for living a healthy lifestyle and preventing serious health conditions. It’s my goal to share the knowledge I have learned through years of experience (and experiment).

As Francis Bacon, that noble developer and defender of the scientific method, once famously stated, “Knowledge is power.” This simple yet profound statement especially rings true in the fields of health and nutrition. With the facts about the damaging effects of refined carbohydrates exposed, people are empowered to make intelligent decisions about what they put in their bodies. Knowledge is the key to change. Without it we are lost, and we will continue to be stricken with the host of mind-impairing, body-damaging ailments associated with the ingestion of processed sweets and refined carbs.

Connie Bennett

The recent favorable study on Atkins and the growing awareness of a lower-carb way of living is gaining mainstream support (but don’t worry, your trusty food pyramid still brilliantly recommends plenty of refined grains and sugar). Connie Bennett, an investigative journalist and a self-proclaimed ex-sugar junkie, is helping to pave the way. After years of poor health and – the final insult – being dumped by her boyfriend for her sugar-induced mood swings, Bennett was fed up.

The result? Sugar Shock!: How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Life – And How You Can Get Back on Track. This eye-opening book goes beyond Sugar 101 by addressing hard-hitting questions like “Is ‘Big Sugar’ the next ‘Big Tobacco’?” and by detailing the physiological mechanisms through which simple sugars contribute to everything from early aging to moodiness to diabetes to inflammation.

Sugar Shock!

What I particularly like about this quick read is that there’s no hype or emotional ploys. The facts are simply and clearly presented – but are they ever damning. With over 250 specialists interviewed worldwide and written with medical consultant Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., Sugar Shock! provides a comprehensive and authoritative look at how far-reaching the sugar problem truly is. Bennett takes on the American Heart Association (about time) which has long refused to accept the well-established connection between sugar and heart disease*. Bennett reveals the hidden marketing tactics used by food manufacturers to make you believe their sugar-filled and processed foods are healthy. Bennett goes as far as equating an addiction to sugar with an addiction to cigarettes and alcohol – something I absolutely endorse. And she does all this without giving into the nonsensical and extremist notion that all carbs are bad carbs.

In addition to an intriguing and well-written sugar exposé, Sugar Shock! delivers sound advice and positive strategies for how to end your own sugar dependence and take control of your life. As you long-time readers know, absolute and total personal responsibility is something I passionately believe in and promote. Your life – and your health – is up to you.

Further reading:

My Carb Pyramid

What I Eat in a Day

The Definitive Guide to Insulin, Blood Sugar and Type 2 Diabetes

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* the linked study has been published in the AHA’s online journal. Progress?

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10 years 27 days ago

It’s amazing that people, in this case Connie Bennett, could be so affected as to have mood swings because of sugar and sweets dependency, to actually lose out on a relationship seems almost surreal in a way. Makes you think about what you put into your body from day to day…

10 years 27 days ago

Great book. I completely agreed with Connie says in her book, and have given it to friends. Personally, I could have used the book 5 years ago when I was figuring out that I had a sugar problem — I was never successful at changing my health until I kicked my sugar addiction…great post.

10 years 27 days ago

With Atkins, Connie Bennett, and what now seems to be the bulk of modern health research, why is that carb-foundation Pyramid still around?

10 years 27 days ago

I just finished it and everyone should read it. It’s totally enjoyable and a breezy read but chock full of support.

Esther Anders
Esther Anders
7 years 7 months ago
I know first hand how sugar and eating unhealthy can effect your mood. My dad when I was young, would get so mad and upset he couldn’t keep hold of his own emotions and would do things no father should do to his daughter(not me, but another sister) Now he found the culprit, he’s much better. He can control his tongue, and his actions. He use to eat sugar like crazy, and within an hour he would fly off the handle for no reason. They would argue about a simple math problem for two or three hours, because of the… Read more »
2 years 9 months ago

I thoroughlyenjoy munching on hot tamales (CANDY and spice drops togetherl I eat these every night, Sometimes I take a break and eat a pint of fat free sherbet. Until I have my teeth fixed tchen I can eat moire fruit where it doesn’t stick in myteeth…likre grapes which I eat often sticks in one particular tooth. Are the two above-mentioned sweets bad for me? Pls. email me back. thank you so much. I’ll get that book at the library.