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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
A comprehensive book that details all aspects necessary to gain better health. Very in-depth and helpful.Published 1 month ago by Charlene Bjorklund
I was pleased with this book. I have read Dr. Weil's articles, newsletters, and other materials before. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarah
You get a fundamental understanding of what nutrients your body needs and how the body processed food. Read morePublished 1 month ago by roger amrhein
Comprehensive explanation of good nutrition and ideal eating habits. The entire audio book was only 5 hours long, so you get a lot of good information in a short amount of time.Published 2 months ago by samaritanx
Out of date now but still my go to book on health. Has a great section on the essential fats. A must readPublished 2 months ago by Iride Therefore Iam
Dr. Weil is always very informative and seems to keep up with current information on nutrition. Information is clear and concise. Also receive his news letters which I enjoy..Published 4 months ago by Anabel J Johns