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Weil (pronounced "while") bravely criticizes many of the major diet books on the market, and backs up his admonitions with science. He warns readers to not fall under "the spell" of the anticarbohydrate Atkins Diet, but also criticizes the eating plan advocated by Dr. Dean Ornish--which has been granted Medicare coverage for cardiac patients--as being too low fat for the majority of people. (The omega-3 fatty acids missing from Ornish's diet are essential for hormone production and the control of inflammation, he says.) It's also fascinating to learn that autism, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease may be caused by omega-3 fatty acid deficiencies, while an excess of omega-6 fatty acids--very common in the typical American diet--can exacerbate arthritis symptoms. Weil's explanation of the chemistry of fats will prove difficult for most readers, but few will want to eat fast-food French fries ever again after reading his appalling reasons for avoiding them, which go way beyond their well-documented heart-clogging capabilities.
After a thorough rundown of nutritional basics and a primer of micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals, Weil unveils what he feels is "the best diet in the world," with 85 recipes, such as Salmon Cakes and Oven-Fried Potatoes, that are healthy, tasty, quick to prepare, and complete with nutritional breakdowns. He includes a stirring chapter on safe weight loss (he sympathizes with the overweight and comically recalls his one-week trial of a safflower oil-diet while an undergraduate). Other, equally enlightening sections include tips for eating out and shopping for food (with warnings on various additives and a guide to organics), and a wondrous appendix with dietary recommendations for dozens of health concerns, including allergies, asthma, cancer prevention, mood disorders, and pregnancy. Eating Well is an indispensable consumer reference and one not afraid to lambaste the diet industry and empower the public with information about which the majority of doctors--to the detriment of the public health--are ignorant. --Erica Jorgensen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A very good book at the time it came out, it's become very dated due to its content arguing against the Atkin's Diet. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter in Brat
Outstanding recipies, but then isn't that what one would expect from a doctor that is also a chef? H did it well.Published 4 months ago by BT
Understanding the science behind food and nutrition will change the way you eat. After reading this book the slection of nutritious foods will court without much effortPublished 4 months ago by why not walk
I feel like I know a small percentage of what doctors know after reading this, plus a ton about the nutritional value of most foods. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joseph S.
Very Important book for all to read! A MUST!! If you want to live a lomg HEALTHY life and look GREAT!!Published 5 months ago by R. Jacobsohn
Team: I lose 40lbs without spending money on a book. How, did I lose the weight, no fat foods and exercise six days per week, walk/run at lunch, after work weight lifting. Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Emerson
In a genre of exaggerations and unscientific claims, Dr. Weil provides a good balance between hard science and holistic medicine, proving that the two are not incompatible. Read morePublished 11 months ago by D. Baskette
I had high expectations for this book as my sister loves Andrew Weil. I switched to a plan based diet over four months ago and have been reading a lot of conflicting information... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Girl 415