Plan's name: Sugar
BUSTERS! by Dr Sam S Andrews, Dr Luis A Balart, Dr Morrison C Bethea and H
Leighton Steward, first written in 1995, and updated and revised in 1998, is
the book reviewed here.
Other books by the same authors include:
Sugar Busters! For Kids.
Sugar Busters! Quick and Easy Cookbook.
The New Sugar Busters!
The New Sugar Busters! Shopping Guide
About the author: Samuel
S. Andrews, M.D., is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of
Medicine. He currently practices endocrinology with the Audubon Internal
Medicine Group. Dr. Andrews has authored many publications and participated in
several drug studies in the field of endocrinology. He is a fellow in the
American Colleges of Physicians and Endocrinology. He is clinical associate
professor of medicine at Louisiana State University and a member of the
pancreatic transplant team.
Morrison C. Bethea, M.D., is a graduate of Davidson College and Tulane
University School of Medicine. He completed his postgraduate training in
thoracic and cardiac surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New
York. Currently he practices thoracic, cardiac, and vascular surgery in New
Orleans. He is the medical consultant to Freeport-McMoRan, Inc., for its
worldwide operations and sits on the Board of Taylor Energy and Tenet's
Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans. Dr. Bethea has authored many
publications in the field of cardiovascular disease and is a diplomate of the
American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
Luis A. Balart, M.D., is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of
Medicine. He completed training in gastroenterology at Ochsner Clinic in New
Orleans and in hepatology at the University of Southern California in Los
Angeles. Dr. Balart practices gastroenterology and hepatology at Tenet's
Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans and is clinical associate professor of
medicine at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. He is currently
involved in several clinical trials in the treatment of chronic viral
hepatitis and is medical director of the Louisiana State University Liver
H. Leighton Steward has a master of science degree from SouthernMethodist
University and is CEO of a Fortune 500 energy company. He also authored a
booklet on causes of land loss of the lower Mississippi River wetland system.
Sixty thousand of these booklets are in circulation worldwide and are referred
to by many educational and governmental institutions. He is on the board of
Tulane University as well as on several corporate boards. His own success and
the success of others on this way of eating motivated him to write Sugar
Busters! ® and Sugar Busters! ® for Kids.
to “cut sugar to trim fat.”
Modulating insulin is the key to the SUGAR BUSTERS! diet. The authors explain
that by controlling the intake of sugar, insulin secretion can be controlled.
They state that carbohydrates in an unrefined form, such as fruits, green
vegetables, dried beans and whole grains require further digestive alteration
before absorption, thus modulating insulin secretion. The end result is lower
average insulin levels and less fat synthesis, storage and weight gain.
By the numbers: : N/A
It is not necessary to count calories. Nor is it necessary to count sugar
grams, fat grams or protein grams.
The daily dietary intake should consist of high-fibre vegetables, lean and
trimmed meats as sources of protein and primarily unsaturated fats.
SUGAR BUSTERS! is very concerned about your eating too much fat, especially
Portion size is very important. The portions of the food selected for each
meal should just fit nicely on the plate. Second helpings are not permitted.
Appropriate snacks are encouraged, and most fruits, except those with high
glycaemic index are ideal for snacks. Some individuals who experience frequent
indigestion may benefit from eating fruit 30 minutes before or 2 hours after a
In general, fluids should be drunk in small quantities during meals, but may
be consumed at your leisure between meals. The authors feel that “washing”
food down frequently causes the bypass of proper chewing which may have a
deleterious effect on digestion.
Grapefruit, orange, apple - ½ hour before
Whole wheat and bran shredded wheat, skim milk and Equal.
Or: Orange juice - ½ hour before
2 eggs cooked in butter
Canadian bacon or pure sausage
A slice of whole-grain toast (with butter)
Decaf coffee or tea.
Fruit or almonds, almonds, walnuts or pecans
Or: peanut butter with whole-fruit jelly (both without added sugar) on rye
Or: decaf diet drink or coffee.
Green salad with olive oil and red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar; or a
sugarless dressing (even blue cheese!)
Full-size portion of grilled fish or chicken with green or yellow vegetables
Whole wheat matzos or rye crisp crackers
Decaf coffee, tea, or water.
Fruit or nuts or a piece of a high-cocoa-content chocolate (greater than 60%
Or: decaf coffee, diet cola or water
Large green salad
Steak, lamb chops, veal chops, or hamburger steak
Beans (not canned) sautéed in olive oil
Water or a glass of wine
Sugar-free ice cream and diet root beer (float)
Or: a slice or two of cheese
Or: a dozen nuts
Unique Fatures: The
main difference between SUGAR BUSTERS! and most other low carb plans is that
carbs are not counted.
The other feature of interest is their assertion that saturated fats are
harmful. This statement has been refuted by several authors such as Mary Enig
and Sally Fallon in
The Skinny on Fats.
Summarized by: Rosebud