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Publisher's Summary

Number one New York Times best-selling author Dr. Mark Hyman sorts through the conflicting research on food to give us the skinny on what to eat. 

Did you know that oatmeal actually isn't a healthy way to start the day? That milk doesn't build bones, and eggs aren't the devil? In Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?, Dr. Hyman looks at every food group and explains what we've gotten wrong, revealing which foods nurture our health and which pose threats. He also explains food's crucial role in functional medicine and how food systems and policies affect our environmental and personal health. 

With myth-busting insights, easy-to-understand science, and delicious, wholesome recipes, Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? is a no-nonsense guide to achieving optimal weight and lifelong health.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Mark Hyman (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Most people know that a good diet is the cornerstone of health, but are confused about what to eat. Low-carb, low-fat, Paleo, plant-based, raw-food, vegan or vegetarian? In Food, Dr. Hyman cuts through this confusion and empowers readers with confidence and clarity about what to eat." (Chris Kresser, MS, LAc, author of The Paleo Cure)

"Mark Hyman is a food revolution superstar. Here he makes a clear and powerful case that for most people, low-fat isn't the answer, but high-quality fats is. I have no doubt that the vast majority of people will be far healthier for following his advice." (John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America and cofounder of The Food Revolution Network)

"Dr. Hyman hammers home that fats should be the foundation of our diet, an easy step given the power of the research he presents and his delicious recipes." (Mehmet Oz, MD)

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Smart way to live a healthy life

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I am a follower of Dr. Hyman's practices, philosophies and medicine, so I was already very familiar with the content in this book. That said, it is a great reminder of how to get it right and to take control of your own health by following a lifetime nutritional plan that supports health and longevity. I was a bit taken back by the strong embrace and push toward animal products as an integral and necessary part of that plan. But what he has to say makes sense, not that it will change my attitude toward eating mammals, fowl, etc.. I also don't feel that this lifestyle of eating needs a new label like "pegan"... it is what it is and should be a bit different for each individual. This is not a fad diet book... it is a way of living.

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Objective, backed by science, full of sage advice

Would you listen to Food again? Why?

YES! I actually plan to listen to it again in about a month. It’s impossible to absorb all the valuable facts in one listen. There is so much info that I want to learn this in layers. I may even listen to it a third time to retain nuance.

What other book might you compare Food to and why?

Honestly this is unlike any other book I’ve read on food and nutrition and my Audible library is full of them. The information in the book is similar to Dr Hyman’s “Eat Fat Get Thin” book, but the winner in “Food” is the way the book is organized and the redelivery of the main points that are summarized at the end of each chapter.

What does Mark Hyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I’ve been following Dr Hyman for a few years and have seen many interviews, TED talks, video blogs, etc. Dr Hyman brings his own passion for using food as medicine and information into the reading of the book. Since he’s the author, he can make an incredulous chuckling sound and it’s totally believable because he wrote the words he is reading.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Well, it’s still non fiction and a book about science, health and medicine. So, no, it’s not that riveting because the subject is not that riveting. But I enjoyed listening to every moment of it.

Any additional comments?

This is a package, not just an audio book. There is a PDF that goes along with it. Check your Audible Library after purchase to download the PDF. There is also a website with lots more information and it’s worth going there as well. Finally, get this book to learn how to really shop healfully in a store. Learn how to read nutrition information, how to understand the difference between marketing words like “natural” and regulated labels like “certified organic”. I found the info on picking animal proteins to be the most helpful to me. This book is for everyone. It’s not a diet and it’s not meant to be a set of exact rules. Rather, it is an educational experience that will help you choose the foods you want to eat based on the current science and practices surrounding how the foods are farmed, how the animals are treated, how the workers are treated and how the foods may react in your body based on your health status.

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Probably the world's best summary of "what to eat"

I didn't enjoy the first hour or so of the audiobook. It's not that the content wasn't accurate or interesting (it was in both cases), but I prefer to read something that is more complex and contains a lot more of the underlying science and analysis. If you've listed to many You Tube videos within this genre, then you've likely heard most of the content of this entire book. However, this book was clearly written to be read or listened to by wide and diverse audiences, and in that regard Dr. Hyman has done a superb job.

Dr. Hyman manages to do what so few other have -- to bring together the vegan diet, HFLC, paleo, ketogenic and a few others, and to explain that all of them can have various benefits and possible detriments. As a keto adherent, nothing that he said was particularly objectionable for me even when he stated that those with no metabolic conditions or (pre)diabetes can eat some about of the standard carbs (oatmeal, etc).

The only part that I didn't think that was handled either well or sufficiently was salt intake. While Dr. Hyman referred to "The Salt Fix", what he stated about it in his book was not reflective of the content. For instance, he noted the standard 2.3 grams per day but failed to mentioned that for most people, 4-6 grams is likely optimal.

Still, minor comments for such a great book. While I would have personally preferred a deeper dive in this book, it is much better as-is for its intended audience and is probably the most important book I can think of that I would want everyone on the planet to read.

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Awesome comprehensive book

Just what my patients need... a guide through the jungle of nutrition advice!! Much needed resource to give some structure and sanity to Food as Medicine

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This book is a wealth of information for the novice or expert in dietary information.

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Information

Full of current facts and information. Helps you figure out how to live with the conflicting information of today.

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Wasn’t for me

I felt the book wasn’t for me. He had tremendous scientific research but it didn’t match my food values.

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Great Balance between Palo and Keto

Very easy to fallow with and great organization within each chapter. Emphasis on whole foods.

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Not good for an audible

Unfortunately, I could not finish this book or get even a quarter through. It is not a book to listen to. You really need to buy the hard copy for this to be effective. I love Dr. Hyman. I have other books of his. I was so excited to get this book I did not think about how just having audio would be. You have to refer back to much.

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Brilliantly written - handbook for eating

Everyone should read this book! I’m so impressed with Dr. Hans knowledge and ability to put this information into a clear and concise manual. Bonus - Dr. Hyman is the narrator! I’m going to buy this in hard copy also because it’s definitely something I’ll want to reference frequently. I also think this will make fantastic gifts as it really is such important information and so well written. Thank you Dr. Hyman!