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Food, Genes, and Culture: Eating Right for Your Origins Paperback – September 24, 2013
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Vegan, low fat, low carb, slow carb: Every diet seems to promise a one-size-fits-all solution to health. But they ignore the diversity of human genes and how they interact with what we eat.
In Food, Genes, and Culture, renowned ethnobotanist Gary Nabhan shows why the perfect diet for one person could be disastrous for another. If your ancestors were herders in Northern Europe, milk might well provide you with important nutrients, whereas if you’re Native American, you have a higher likelihood of lactose intolerance. If your roots lie in the Greek islands, the acclaimed Mediterranean diet might save your heart; if not, all that olive oil could just give you stomach cramps.
Nabhan traces food traditions around the world, from Bali to Mexico, uncovering the links between ancestry and individual responses to food. The implications go well beyond personal taste. Today’s widespread mismatch between diet and genes is leading to serious health conditions, including a dramatic growth over the last 50 years in auto-immune and inflammatory diseases.
Readers will not only learn why diabetes is running rampant among indigenous peoples and heart disease has risen among those of northern European descent, but may find the path to their own perfect diet.
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"This exploration of the coevolution of communities and their native foods couldn't be more timely…Mixing hard science with personal anecdotes, Nabhan convincingly argues that health comes from a genetically appropriate diet inextricably entwined with a healthy land and culture." ― Publishers Weekly
"Gary Nabhan writes in novel and always interesting ways about food and culture and the genetic underpinnings that may account for differences in taste. His reflections on how different ways of eating affect the health of human societies provides substantial food for thought." -- Andrew Weil, M.D., author of "The Healthy Kitchen" and "8 Weeks to Optimum Health"
"[Nabhan] takes the reader on a trail of discovery…thought-provoking…the book is well worth reading, for it should stimulate an important debate about what constitutes dietary adaptations and sensitivities." ― Nature
About the Author
Gary Paul Nabhan is an internationally celebrated nature writer, food and farming activist, and proponent of conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity. He has been been honored as a pioneer and creative force in the “local food movement” and seed saving community by Utne Reader, Mother Earth News, New York Times, Bioneers, and Time magazine.
As the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona Southwest Center, he works with students, faculty and non-profits to build a more just, nutritious, sustainable, and climate-resilient foodshed spanning the U.S./Mexico border. He was among the earliest researchers to promote the use of native foods in preventing diabetes, especially in his role as a co-founder and researcher with Native Seeds/SEARCH. Gary is also personally engaged as an orchard-keeper, wild foods forager, and pollinator habitat restorationist working from his small farm in Patagonia, Arizona near the Mexican border. He has helped forge “the radical center” for collaborative conservation among farmers, ranchers, indigenous peoples and environmentalists in the West. He played key roles in establishing the Ironwood Forest National Monument, community-based seed banks, land reserves for conserving wild crop relatives, and restored habitats for migratory pollinators throughout the West.
Agricultural historian Peter Hatch of Monticello has called Nabhan “the lyrical scholar of genetic diversity.” As an Arab-American essayist and poet, he is author or editor of twenty-four books, some of which have been translated into Arabic, Spanish, Italian, French, Croation, Korean, Chinese and Japanese. For his creative writing and its influence on community-based conservation, he has been honored with a MacArthur “genius” award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Southwest Book Award, the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing, the Vavilov Medal, and several honorary degrees and lifetime achievement awards.
He works most of the year as a research scientist at Tumamoc Hill and the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona, but he is also engaged with several food justice and farming alliances, including Sabores Sin Fronteras, Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance, Wild Farm Alliance, Renewing America’s Food Traditions, and the Borderlands Habitat Restoration Initiative. Nabhan is humbled and honored to serve as a professed Ecumenical Franciscan brother, helping the Franciscan Action Network in shaping ethical responses to environmental injustice, to immigration issues, and to climate change.
- Publisher : Island Press; Second Edition, Revised, Second Edition, Revised (September 24, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 248 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1610914929
- ISBN-13 : 978-1610914925
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,417,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #1,062 in Physiology (Books)
- #1,147 in Genetics (Books)
- #6,094 in Cultural Anthropology (Books)
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This is an amazing and informative book that I really connected to as I’ve held a long belief that the diets and food fads followed today should not be seen as blanket options and as one size does not fit all solutions.
In Food, Genes and Culture we explore how the foods we eat affect us not just because of their level of nutrition (or lack of it) but because of what foods we have grown up on and what foods fed our ancestors. All of these make us who we are and I really feel people to analyse all this when seeking better food guidance.
I could be reading into this book more than what was there, but I did find it helped support my belief that you need to find the foods that are good for you, not what all the “specialists” tell you to eat. I would also be fascinated to find out more about my allium intolerance that travels through the females on my maternal side. This book has helped give me the encouragement to learn more about it, what it may mean and has helped me discover it’s not just a quirk of mine… a lot of people have it.
What can I say about this book? Well, I found it a little bogged down and long winded in sections, will never look at chillies the same way again - after that study he mentioned in Mexico - and all in all found it a highly educational read.
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes. In fact it’s one of the books I already have been recommending to others. I’m known as a wholefood foodie and therefore tend to talk to people with similar interests. I’ve been recommending this book to anyone who is interested in seeking the best diet for their own health. They shouldn’t just read books on specific diet trends and fads – I’ve been strongly suggesting they read this book too as I really do feel it will help give them a better understanding of which foods may (and may not) be best for them.
Would I buy this book myself? Very tempted to. It really is the sort of reference book anyone interested in the origin of man and his interaction with food should own. However, I can see parts of it dating quicker than others so I’d almost like to own an electronic version that updated as needed.
In summary, this isn’t a little bit of light reading. This is something to sit down and become engrossed in as it helps explain the different cultures around the world, how modern food is killing some while barely seeming to affect others and all in all help you get back to the basics and understand why you need to find the foods best for you, yourself and your cultural and physical background.
A simply fascinating read and one I think anyone who calls themselves a foodie should read.
What I found with most people they read books for the current diet trend and we are always missing a step or three, I feel this book fills in some of those gaps and I would recommend it to other. You will learn how different people react differently to certain foods and the importance of knowing what will hurt you.
The writer obviously did extensive research in the eating habits of many areas around the globe. Food, Genes, and Culture was an eye-opener for me.. Read more [...]