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Oddly Written and Somewhat Biased
on April 16, 2013
I am studying dietetics and nutrition, and am always eager to read a different slant on things and explore various reference books. I was so, so excited to read this book, as it seemed from the other reviews that this author leaned in very much the same direction as I do in terms of considering the "optimal diet."
Unfortunately, my enthusiasm was short-lived. I will say that if you can weed through the author's ramblings to get to it, most of the information in this book is a great resource for people that are curious about nutrition and looking for an uncomplicated introduction. However, there is some information that is presented as fact, when it is simply the author's opinion, and I would advise other readers, particularly those who are using this as an introduction to nutrition, to be cautious. While every dietician has their own bias in terms of what they believe to be best for the general population, the author goes above and beyond in this book with his own beliefs, many of them without real, credible references. The funny thing here is that I *agree* with the author on most of the points I took issue with - the way they were presented was just unbelievable.
My biggest issue with this book was that I was expecting this to be a scientific text, and that is one thing that it is not, I'm afraid. The author has written this book in a weirdly conversational, oddly spiritual (my heart sunk at the first God reference - why is that in here?!), and really uncomfortably hubristic tone that just made me feel truly uneasy while reading it - as though I should probably look into other sources for anything I wasn't 100% completely sure about. Checking into things, unfortunately, is also difficult with this book, as the references are far from complete. What a wasted opportunity to present such a valuable standpoint.
For me, the way it was written made this book largely unusable, and I don't think I will be using it as a reference in the future, which is a huge disappointment, as this is one of the few reference books that approaches diet from a similar viewpoint as me. I hope that anyone who used this book as an introduction to nutrition took the author's opinions with a huge grain of salt and has moved on to more substantiated texts.