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disappointing, lacking substance
on January 28, 2012
I have been aware (if not "following" ) of David Wolfe's work and message for about 13 years now, and still see him first and foremost as a
lawyer and a salesman- able to slickly manipulate information for personal benefit. As an educator, this book was actually
hard to read- let's just say I winced. I would recommend it to my students as an exercise in developing discernment.
Most of the chapters came off very similar to the labels and treatises uses to sell
products at the health food store- full of exotic anecdotes about "ancient civilizations", and "historical" use of certain roots
shoots and seeds- but without impressive substance to truly distinguish them as "superfoods", aside from their potential to
dazzle and sell. Let's not forget that the author has been heavily invested in personally selling some of these "foods' for
many years now.
Certainly there is some good information in this book- but I would recommend Rebecca Wood's "New Whole Foods Encycyclopedia"
for more comprehensive reading, detailed information, and lack of bias. I would also recommend the work of Susan Smith Jones
on this subject. What "superfoods" actually ARE , are nutrient/dense foods capable of delivering a high percentage of bioavailable
essential and trace nutrients for fewer calories. In this regard, spirulina, chlorella, nutritional yeast, coconut oil- all
potential "low profit' food products - are given a less featured showcase compared to "maca" and "cacao". Products that David
Wolfe sells are raved about (again, often without the substance I would want to see as an educator) - more common nutrient dense
products are on the B list or left out altogether- like eggs, of course, which don't jibe with the author's vegan philosophy- a
philosophy with a huge potential carbon footprint, often accessible mostly to elite populations comparatively- unless you can tell
me where in your backyard YOU pick your lentils, sesame seeds, and coconuts.
More disturbing- David Wolfe stretches the truth when referring to meat and dairy intake - here is an example, parapharased,
from one of his comments on the movie "Food Matters"- sentiments echoed in this book "Meat takes a "MASSIVE amount of energy
to digest". This simply is not true. Are we seeking "super" foods to replace the concentrated nutrients available in traditional
diets composed of natural dairy, eggs and meat? Has our terribly imbalanced food system in general taken us in this direction?
I suspect so. All in all- read with discernment- compare to other sources, and
ask yourself how the rest of your diet is and why you feel the need for exotic foods.