The Truth About Food: Why Pandas Eat Bamboo and People Get Bamboozled Kindle Edition
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--From the Foreword by: Mark Bittman; Best-selling Author & Food Journalist
"Dr. David Katz helps insulate us from the next food fad by making sure we are armed with the truth, and nothing but the truth. Facts do matter, and The Truth About Food is full of them. The Truth about Food should have a home in everyone's kitchen."
--Sanjay Gupta MD; Staff Neurosurgeon, The Emory Clinic; Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN
"Sometimes, even I have nutrition questions; and when I do, I take them to Dr. David Katz. Read this book- and you will see why!"
--Joy Bauer, MS, RDN; Health and Nutrition expert for NBC's TODAY show; Best-selling Author of Joy's Simple Food Remedies
"With the inquisitiveness of a detective, the intellect and wit of a master of prose and the dissection skills of a forensic pathologist, Dr David Katz awards the reader with the simple truths of food for thought and optimal health. Read this book, your life may depend on it!"
--Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS; 17th Surgeon General of The United States; Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona
"I don't know any scientist with clearer, more important insights about the lifelong effects of diet on our health than Dr. David Katz. Get this book, take his advice and live a longer, better life."
--Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow; NYT bestselling author of The Blue Zones.
"Few people in public health today understand as fully as David Katz the potential of 'food as medicine,' and few if any are working harder to overcome all that stands in the way of that promise. This book is a very important and worthy addition to the career-long efforts of a public health champion."
--David A. Kessler, MD, JD; Professor, University of California San Francisco; Former Commissioner, U.S. FDA.
"The truth about food is simple; the lies are complicated, David Katz writes in this important and timely book. Bravely, he wades through all that would influence our decisions on what to eat: the marketing by the packaged-goods industry, the junk science that promotes fad diets, the multitude of everyday choices we face in choosing what to avoid, and more importantly, what to eat inits stead. This book is empowering."
--Michael Moss; Author, #1 New York Times Bestseller: Salt, Sugar, Fat; Pulitzer Prize Winner
"Food can be great medicine or deceptive snake oil. With this book the solid scientist in David Katz tells how to gain the benefits and avoid being a pawn of the deceptive. It is a great work that all should own for health and for their family's health. This book is a tour de force of the science (and truth) about food. This should be everyone's favorite book on food, even Big Ag, Big Food, and Big Media's."
--Mike Roizen, MD; Chief Wellness Officer, Cleveland Clinic, #1 NYT bestselling Author
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- Publication Date : October 1, 2018
- Print Length : 745 pages
- ASIN : B07H8N32NX
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- Language: : English
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- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
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- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #382,619 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Dr. Katz writes in a readable style, but not in a necessarily compelling style. That is I find that he's easy to read, but I don't feel like I necessarily want to keep reading either. Instead of making a point and moving on, he makes a point and then makes it again and again and again. This is a 700 page book that with a good editor could be shortened down to 200 pages I'm quite sure. The first chapter alone is over 200 pages long. Ouch!
My biggest objection to the book though is that there is no index and the table of contents is not useful for finding things (given the very small number of chapters with vague titles). The author states at the beginning that he doesn't expect the reader to necessarily read cover to cover but rather to pick out the areas of interest to the reader. I'm not sure how the reader does that since there's no index and the table of contents is of no help. On page 311, there is a table where the author refers people to other parts of the book by saying "See: Macronutrients" or "See: Obesity" or "See: Cooking Oils" and other references like that. But I don't know how the reader is supposed to do that since he gives no page numbers for those references and there's no index in the book and there's no chapters with those headings.
And finally, I should point out that while the author makes lots of references to scientific journal publications and other sources, it appears that most of the references are to his own papers and to his own writings. I can't say that for sure but it sure seems like a lot of the references are to his own work.
All in all, I agree with the things the author says and the points he makes. And I was hoping this would be a good reference book that I could refer to when looking for good information related to food. But unfortunately, without an index, it's useless for that purpose. And while it's easy to read, and there are some nuggets contained in it, it's not a book that I would necessarily recommend someone read unless they're really looking for something with over 700 pages to read.
Instead, I would suggest either Dr. Michael Greger's book, How Not to Die or Dr T Colin Campbell's China Study, both of which do an excellent job of bringing the science behind food to the general reader.
With this book, Dr. Katz has made my job easier. The Truth About Food forces us to tap into our collective common sense, ability to reason, and inner scholar. This book takes on the massive wave of nutritional hype, explaining what the research really says, how studies are often designed to fail, and how results are subject to interpretation, providing us all with some serious food for thought.
It’s time to cut through the clutter, and Dr. Katz is the person best suited to do so. He writes: “What has become increasingly clear to me over time is that lies about diet are quite good at impersonating truth. If anything, the lies are more appealing, since they are unencumbered by inconvenient tethers to evidence. Lies can promise anything, while truth can only promise… what’s true.”
With a series of in-depth analyses based on the best scientific evidence we have available to us, the book covers all sides (not just what sells!) of just about every nutrition issue du jour, including: saturated fat, veganism, nutrigenomics, organic foods, soy, sugar, artificial sweeteners, raw milk, eggs, weight loss, Paleo diets, macros (carb/protein/fat debate), GMOs, grains, “superfoods,” and much more. Dr. Katz’s objectivity and thorough review of Dietary Truths forces us to put foods into proper perspective. He explains how and why some foods appear protective in some studies and damaging in others – it depends upon what we’re comparing the food to and/or what it replaces! Readers benefit from the critical reminder that foods are contextual, and it is our overall eating/lifestyle patterns (not whether cheese ought to be full fat, low fat, vegan, or non-existent) that possess the undeniable power to protect us from or promote chronic disease.
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