Review: Belly Fat Cure Sugar & Carb Counter by Amber Allen-Sauer

Jorge Cruise’s latest book is a companion guide to the Belly Fat Cure. The book is small, 5×7 inches and slim. It’s the perfect size to keep in your bag for shopping and dining out. This book was really necessary, since most nutritional value books don’t list the sugar content, a sure sign that most people are not concerned with their sugar intake.

The Belly Fat Cure Sugar & Carb Counter lists the Serving Size, Fiber, Sugar, Carbs and S/C Value for thousands of items and brand name products. There is even a section for popular restaurants, like Burger King, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, KFC and Starbucks. Sadly I can now confirm my old Starbucks favorite Cinnamon Chip Scone with a Vanilla Latte has an S/C Value of… drumroll… 61/5! No wonder I weighed so much! But hey, on the bright side I had 1 carb serving left for all my meals for the day. So for anyone who thinks they aren’t eating that much sugar (which I hear all the time), check out one of your favorite stand-bys. Wow!

This book would be perfect for any dieter keeping track of sugar and carbs, not just those on the Belly Fat Cure. I find it very useful, even though I’ve been on the plan for ten months. It is perfect to take to the grocery store and farmers market, and into restaurants. When I was at Jorge’s office recently I even heard talk of the long awaited BFC iPhone app! But until then you can use my S/C Value Tracker and the awesome CalorieKing.com.

I have one issue with the new Sugar & Carb Counter book: it doesn’t indicate products that contain artificial sweeteners (which are not allowed on the plan) and simply lists them as an S/C of 0/0. A simple asterisk or notation would have been enough. For example Diet Coke, not allowed, but still listed as 0/0. Most of us recognize the products with artificial sweeteners, but newbies to the diet really don’t. I’m a stickler for details, but keep that in mind when looking up values.

Amber is the author of the blog Me & Jorge which chronicles her weight loss journey on Jorge Cruise’s Low Sugar/Low Carb plan.

© 2010 by Amber Allen-Sauer. Used by kind permission of the author. What do you think? Please send Amber your comments or questions to Amber.

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