I can’t imagine telling my three kids that we’re banning all products with sugar: No more ice cream, candy, heck, ketchup. Well, I can imagine it, and my quick retreat from the notion after hearing screams of “child abuse!” from my teens.
But Eve Schaub hung tough. She imposed a “year of no sugar” rule on her two daughters — with her husband’s consent — at least partly because she thought it was a great title for a book. “I was a writer, and I had been looking for a new project to focus on,” she wrote in her new book, which she did in fact name Year of No Sugar.
Three years ago, Schaub and her family cut out a list of 13 added sweeteners, including high-fructose corn syrup, agave, honey, artificial sweeteners, and fruit juice. They even banned maple syrup — and they live in Vermont.
The book would have been more compelling if Schaub and her family had an urgent reason to try the dietary change like a recent diagnosis of diabetes or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
“We had no problems that we were looking to solve,” Schaub told me. “We didn’t need to lose weight, and we were all pretty fit and healthy.” In fact, they had already stopped buying products with high-fructose corn syrup.
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