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Book Nook: 'JJ Virgin's Sugar Impact Diet' review

JJ VIRGIN'S SUGAR IMPACT DIET: Drop 7 Hidden Sugars, Lose Up to 10 Pounds in Just 2 Weeks, by JJ Virgin. Grand Central Life & Style, 344 pp., $26.

Certified nutritional specialist and bestselling author JJ Virgin gives a shocking statistic in her latest book: "The average American," she writes, "eats about 22 teaspoons of sugar every day." And much of that is stealth sugar that "slips into foods you'd never expect" -- grains (even whole-wheat pasta), balsamic vinegar, low-fat foods ("A low-fat diet is a high-sugar diet!") and more.

Virgin's point is not to eliminate all sugars, but to "swap good sugars for bad sugars" -- one bad sugar, specifically, being fructose. "Too much sugar is never a good thing, even from foods we consider healthy," she writes. (Drink water, not apple juice.) Go for no more than five grams of "added" sugar per 100-calorie serving of . . . anything.

THE SCOOP "The good news is that the less fructose you eat, the less fat you store!" she writes.

THE BOTTOM LINE Her diet has three cycles -- taper, transition and transformed. And she includes recipes and strategies for restaurants -- what to eat and what to run away from.

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