These books offer information about the nature of sugar addiction (or chronic over-consumption), its biological consequences, and pathways to overcome the syndrome. End Sugar Addiction does not endorse any particular program, but instead encourages people to read widely from a variety of sources to find the building blocks they need for their own individual recoveries.

Please note many of these authors also have helpful websites and blogs.

Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., Killer Colas: The Hard Truth about Soft Drinks (with G.N. Jacobs) (Square One Pub, 2011), Suicide by Sugar (Square One Pub, 2009), and Lick the Sugar Habit (Avery Trade, 1988)

Jonathan Bailor, The Smarter Science of Slim.

Connie Bennett, Sugar Shock! How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Life–And How You Can Get Back on Track (Berkley Trade, 2007)

Richard Bernstein, M.D., Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution (Little, Brown, and Co., 2007)

Loren Cordain, Ph.D., The Paleo Diet (Wiley, 2010)

Sean Croxton, The Dark Side of Fat Loss(2011)

William Davis, M.D., Wheat Belly (Rodale, 2011)

William Dufty, Sugar Blues (Grand Central Publishing, 1986)

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D., The Sugar Addict’s Total Recovery Program (Ballantine, 2002) and Little Sugar Addicts (Three Rivers Press, 2004).

Michael Eades, M.D. and Mary Dan Eades M.D., Protein Power: The High-Protein/Low-Carbohydrate Way to Lose Weight, Feel Fit, and Boost Your Health (Bantam, 1999)

Jill Escher, Farewell, Club Perma-Chub: A Sugar Addict’s Guide to Easy Weight Loss (Claradon Press, 2011)

David Gillespie, Sweet Poison: Why Sugar Is Making Us Fat (Viking Australia, 2008)

Zoë Harcombe, The Harcombe Diet: Stop Counting Calories and Start Losing Weight (Columbus Publishing Ltd, 2011) and, The Obesity Epidemic: What Caused It? How Can We Stop It? (Columbus Publishing Ltd, 2010)

David Kessler, M.D., The End of Overeating (Rodale, 2010)

Pam Killeen, Addiction: The Hidden Epidemic (Xlibris, 2010)

Larry McCleary, M.D., Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly (Greenleaf Book Group, 2011)

Marion Nestle, Ph.D., What to Eat (North Point Press, 2007)

Jeff O’Connell, Sugar Nation: The Hidden Truth Behind America’s Deadliest Habit and the Simple Way to Beat It (Hyperion, 2011)

Fred Pescatore, M.D., The Hamptons Diet (Wiley, 2005), Thin for Good (Wiley, 2000), and Feed Your Kids Well (Wiley, 1999)

Michael Prager, Fat Boy, Thin Man (2010)

Robert Pretlow, M.D., Overweight: What Kids Say (CreateSpace, 2010)

Julia Ross, The Diet Cure (Penguin, 2000)

Catherine Shanahan, M.D., Food Rules: A Doctor’s Guide to Healthy Eating (CreateSpace, 2010)

H. Leighton Steward, The New Sugar Busters! Cut Sugar to Trim Fat (Ballantine, 2003)

Gary Taubes, Good Calories, Bad Calories, (Anchor, 2008), and Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It (Knopf, 2010)

Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., Beat Sugar Addiction Now! (Fair Winds Press, 2010)

Eric C. Westman, Stephen D. Phinney and Jeff S. Volek, New Atkins for a New You (Touchstone, 2010)

Robb Wolf, The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet (Victory Belt, 2010)


Food Addiction Institute,

Overeaters Anonymous,

Childhood Obesity News,

Addictions Unplugged, Dr. Vera Tarman,

The Weston A. Price Foundation,

Whole Health Source (nice compilation of research papers on the science of food addiction) here.

Stop Being Sweet,

Stop Craving Sugar blog,

Archive of videos from the Ancestral Health Symposium


Carbohydrates Can Kill podcast, featuring Robert K. Su, MD, Darlene Kvist, LN, and Jill Escher:

Dishing Up Nutrition podcast, with Wendy Cates-Dancer and Kate Crosby:

Underground Wellness podcast, with Sean Croxton and Jill Escher:

“Latest in Paleo” podcast, hosted by Angelo Coppola,

Beating Sugar Addiction, with Jimmy Moore and Jacob Teitelbaum, MD:

Super Human Radio, with Carl Lanore, Pam Killeen, and Jill Escher:

Get Better Wellness with Erin Chamerlik and Jill Escher:

“Livin’ la Vida Low Carb” website, blog, and podcast hosted by Jimmy Moore,

“Dishing Up Nutrition” podcast, hosted by Darlene Kvist, licensed nutritionist,

“Smarter Science of Slim” podcast with Jonathan Bailor,


The Skinny on Obesity (7 episodes featuring Dr. Robert Lustig and Dr. Elissa Epel)

Gary Taubes: Google lecture on Why We Get Fat

David Diamond, PhD: How Bad Science Created the Obesity Epidemic

Nicole Avena, PhD: Sugar Addiction: Proof of Concept

Kelly Brownell, PhD: Food and Addiction

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD: Discusses Sugar Addiction

Robert Lustig, MD: Sugar lecture at Google

Robert Lustig, MD: Sugar Addiction on news show

Tom Naughton’s Fat Head, the Movie (available through Netflix)

Vintage documentary: The Sugar Trap (1 of 6)


The following are some of the researchers in the field of sugar and refined food addiction:

Serge Ahmed, Ph.D., University of Bordeaux, France

Nicole Avena, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Florida College of Medicine

Kelly Brownell, Ph.D., Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Professor of Psychology, Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University

Elissa Epel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, University of California, San Francisco

Ashley Gearhardt, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity

Mark S. Gold, M.D., University of Florida, College of Medicine and the McKnight Brain Institute

Jeffrey Grimm, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Western Washington University

The late Bart Hoebel, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Princeton University

Robert Lustig, M.D., University of California, San Francisco (lectures available on YouTube).

Nora Volkow, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health

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