A bookworm who discovered the life hack that is audiobooks in January 2016. Personal development, history, and literary fiction are my faves
Knowledge reinforced by this book:
-Eat whole foods, avoid processed, man made creations.
-Growth hormones and industrialization are part of this.
-You can reverse a bad diet.
-Nutrition science isn't yet a whole and comprehensive science.
-Our diet has been changing based on fads and marketing. Grandma's cooking doesn't make money.
-Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes rates are skyrocketing despite a constant influx of new nutritional information and low fat, processed diet themed products.
-Fruits, veggies, and whole grains are missing from most people's diets.
-Looking at nutrients alone doesn't give us the whole picture of the benefits of food.
All of this information is presented in an entertaining narrative style using statistical information, research, anthropological studies and some cultural comparisons. The audiobook narrator was suitable for the content and didn't make it boring. The information isn't necessarily ground breaking or new as I feel that I've been hearing it everywhere so I do feel that reading this is just a reinforcement of it.
Global citizen. Loves reading, but most of all traveling. If I cannot travel today, let me sit in sunshine and nature with a good book!
This book took forever to read as I found the Narration very difficult to listen to. Ironically, the last 90 minutes were the most interesting info. Happy to delete this book.
Excellent in all aspects. The reader, the author, the topic! Eyes opened wide to the benefits of eating whole food and eliminating the unhealthy processed and fast food that is basically ruining our health. Sad that our "western diet" had spread to other countries increasing obesity, heart disease and diabetes. If you want to know more read Salt, Sugar & Fat by Michael Moss.
I read omnivores dilemma, loving it so, I decided to pick this one up and give it a try. While his former was at the gym be a logical, this one focuses on a more singular scale. Beautifully written and laced with beautiful logic.
I loved this book. I have read about this subject but never a full book. What I liked so much about it was the simple concept of eating real food. I loved the way the author/reader drove the point home that we are all being fooled by the marketing of fake food. Before I completed this book I was already at the farmer's market getting my fruits and vegetables. I made a list of all the real food I bought, and I plan to see exactly how much per meal I will spend. Whatever the cost, my family and I are worth every penny.
I grew up in America in the 80's at the height of America's reinvention (or perhaps the acceleration) of what it considered heathy and what it called food. My mom, I very much appreciate, cooked us a hot meal every day. But as a newlywed, I was a little concerned that a third of the recipes I had accumulated began with a can of cream of chicken and chicken breast. When I spent time living in Japan, I was surprised how many of the "rules" of healthy eating that traditional Japanese cooking broke, but they seemed healthier regardless. Traditional Japanese cuisine included far more actual food, much more vegetables and much, much less sugar. It also tasted amazing. Pollan does a tremendous job of documenting how we got to be where we are dietarily (in America), and offers useful suggestions on how we can get back on course. Thanks to this book, I finally made it over to our local farmer's market, something I had been meaning to do for some time.
I would also highly recommend French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon (even if you don't have kids) for a fascinating inside view of how the French approach eating (and ideas on how we could improve our Western approach), and Culinary Intelligence (sadly not an audiobook last I checked) by Peter Kaminsky, if like me, you aspire to up your taste level in order to improve your overall well being.
Very interesting view on statistics manipulated by food products marketers and corrupt authorities. Manual on how to survive against the national epidemics.