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Chatty, readable, but ultimately unrewarding
on May 2, 2011
If you are looking at buying this book, you are probably already convinced, as I was, that eating "real food" is much healthier than "factory food". What I was looking for was evidence to support this view. I was hoping that Ms. Planck had gone through the effort of researching, compiling, then presenting the data to support and expand upon this theme.
Unfortunately, reading this book is more like running into someone who shares your views, and is fun to talk to, but does not distinguish between opinions supported by evidence and those that "seem right", given her other views. This book is absolutely saturated with claims about everything from Omega-3's in breast milk affecting children's behaviour to cancer-curing compounds in unpasteurized milk . . . there are even endnotes, but look closely - many, maybe most are not scientific studies, but other books, or even an article from the Financial Times!
Perhaps my standards are too high, but the sheer number of unsubstantiated claims in this book eroded its credibility in my eyes. Entertaining, yes. Reliable or useful, no. This book would never convince an intelligent skeptic. I am not a skeptic and it couldn't even convince me.