Category: Book reviews

Bright Spots and Landmines

Bright Spots & Landmines is a self-help book and a diabetes guide in one. It’s free to download, and it’s a good read. I finished it in a very positive mood, which I think is the aim of the book. In four chapters, it deals with food, mindset, exercise, and sleep. Why sleep, you’re asking.…
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The Body – A Guide for Occupants

You are a marvel of information. If you took all the DNA in your body and formed it into a single strand, it would stretch ten billion miles, or beyond Pluto. The length of all your blood vessels would take you two and a half times around the earth. Learn this and many other things…
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Fast food nation

A damning report on the fast food industry, this book has some interesting trivia. For example, did you know that McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc and Walt Disney served together in the same World War I ambulance corp before they went on to set up two of America’s corporate giants? Both from Illinois, they were masterful…
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The ethics of eating

Over Christmas, I’ve been reading What we eat and why it matters by Jim Mason and Peter Singer. Singer, who’s a moral philosopher at Princeton, hit fame with Animal Liberation in the 1970’s and became a front figure for the animal rights movement. He has since been busy criticising the industrial farm practices which are…
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In defence of food

The macronutrients are at war with each other. It’s saturated fat against polyunsaturated, protein versus carbs, and omega-3 battling it out with omega-6. One day you should eat a lot of protein. The next too much meat will give you cancer. No wonder we’re so confused. How did this happen…
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Fat Chance – The biochemistry of obesity

The other day Dr. Lustig revealed the cover of his new book on Twitter. It reminded me that his first one was still in my bookshelf, unread. It turned out to be a good read. At the time of writing, he’d spent sixteen years treating obese children. By anyone’s standards, that…
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The omnivore’s dilemma

The title for this book comes from a 1976 paper by psychologist Paul Rozin. He studied food selection behavior in rats in the hope of understanding people. When rats come across new foods they nibble a little bit and then wait to see what happens. Something like a stomach ache is committed to memory and leads to lifetime aversion to that particular substance. This is why it’s so difficult to poison rats…
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Why we get fat and what to do about it

In The Diet Delusion Gary Taubes showed how nutrition and obesity research lost its way after the Second World War when the European scientific community in the field disappeared. This book is smaller, easier to read, and covers many of the same core ideas…
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Salt Sugar Fat: How the food giants hooked us

Salt Sugar Fat opens up with the secret Pillsbury meeting in 1999 where the heads of our largest food companies came together to discuss the budding obesity epidemic. The outcome was this: do nothing. We have all got a lot fatter since then…
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Dr Atkins New Diet Revolution

This is a great diet book. It was released in 1992, as an updated version to the 1972 original, and can easily be read today. The body hasn’t changed that much. The focus not only on weight loss but also weight maintenance, which is often forgotten…
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