- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee; 1 edition (January 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399537252
- ISBN-13: 978-0399537257
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,084,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Coffee is Good for You: From Vitamin C and Organic Foods to Low-Carb and Detox Diets, the Truth about Di et and Nutrition Claims Paperback – January 3, 2012
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"Davis, an award-winning health journalist, sorts it all out for us in this slender, handy guide. Whether it's aspartame, high-fructose corn syrup, or gluten, Davis relies on only the best evidence to separate fact from half-truth and fiction...Davis includes a wealth of reliable references, and ends with 'Ten Tips for Deciphering Diet and Nutrition Claims,' a chapter worth the price of the book." — Booklist
"Coffee Is Good for You will educate you, entertain you, and at times it'll even make you laugh. A must-read for anyone who's ever wondered whether or not to believe the hype." — Lisa "Hungry Girl" Lillien
"Robert Davis deftly blends wit, wisdom, keen insights, and a voice of unfailing reason. I will be recommending this great resource to everyone I know." — Dr. David Katz, Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center
"Wow, that was easy to understand! Robert Davis does it again with his light hearted and sensible translation of complicated nutrition science. Who knew reading about nutrition research could be so much fun?" — Carolyn O'Neil MS RD, Co-author, The Dish on Eating Healthy
"This book is a gem." — Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC News Chief Medical Editor
“This nifty little handbook will appeal to a broad audience.” — Library Journal
About the Author
Robert J. Davis, Ph.D., is an award-winning health journalist whose work has appeared on CNN, PBS, WebMD, and in the Wall Street Journal. He is founder and editor in chief of Everwell.com and the author of The Healthy Skeptic. He also teaches at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health.
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A fun book to make you think about nutrition “facts.” The author has good education degrees and experience writing nutrition articles. He should be a good judge of what’s good, bad, and in between in the health arena. It’s an easy read and should hold your attention. Not everyone will agree with his information (see other reviews for proof of that). I believe the negative reviews may relate to beliefs Davis is trying to clear up or question. He admits that research may change his views such as coffee research has. In the introduction, he explains the various research approaches which are solid and which are open to speculation. This part is a must read to understand good and iffy research. I need to share his research pyramid with my college, psychology students.
For each topic, he provides a truth scale (from his perspective) from “True” to “Half True” to “No” to “Inconclusive.” Regarding nutrition, people have strong beliefs too often based on iffy research. In the “Conclusion” he gives ten helpful tips for evaluating diet and nutrition claims—valuable information.
I don’t agree with everything he purports, but most of it fits my limited research. You can Google his topics and see what researchers say. Be careful of websites with agendas. If you want to be a tad more scientific in your search, check out PubMed and read the medical articles. As he points out, sound research is difficult to do; I’ll add that not everything in PubMed will give you the final word.
I obviously liked the book and recommend it most highly, especially if you don’t have several preconceived views. If you have the belief of “I’m open-minded,” I think you’ll like it, too.
Daniel Street Boyd, M.D.