This extremely well cited book examines the intimate relationship between the food we eat and our health. If you bring it up on Amazon, check out the reviews. You will quickly realize it is a very influential book, just by the review titles. Check out this list: “Revolutionary insights rescued me from excruciating bad health”, “Eradicate chronic disease”, “For the self-motivated with an open mind, courage and determination” , “Best Overall Resource”, “Excellent Book”, “Rational, scientific approach to better health”, “Everyone should read this book”. Overall it is rated 4.5 stars.
Although, at times I felt like the author used wording and stories that played into the popular “paleo” jargon, I was able to look past that and see he does make some very good points with his “nutritional anthropology” ideas. The author asserts we are not eating foods in line with how are bodies were designed. Some of the bad food choices most people are making are a result of government recommendations, as well as arbitrary and incorrect “dietary guidelines”. We have been manipulated into believing sugar, grains, legumes, potatoes, corn, dairy, and processed oils are good for us. In reality, they make us obese and sick. The author suggests we eat a diet rich in non-starchy plants, modest animal protein and fats, and low salt/high potassium. This should result in a low glycemic, low insulinemic, high fiber, low sodium, healthy fat, low inflammatory diet, which supports good health.
This is similar to the way Jay and I eat, however, not exactly. We choose lots of fresh vegetables, probably more meat than this author would suggest; we eat cheeses and liberally use olive oil, butter, and coconut oil, a few beans, and we add salt to our cooking. We do not eat (except on extremely rare occasions) grains, sugar, processed foods, or starchy vegetables. I hesitate to suggest people should embark on an eating plan that is so restrictive it takes the pleasure out of food, however, by the same token, gaining pleasure from food at the expense of health is a poor trade-off. In my opinion, this author makes great points about how off-base most people have become by eating too much sugar, grains, processed foods, and potatoes. However, I believe that unless someone is allergic, getting rid of beautiful handmade cheeses, real butter and meat from grass fed animals, and even beans in moderation, might be too restrictive for most people. The most important points from the book are: ditch the sugar, grains, processed foods, and potatoes, and add tons of veggies and moderate grass fed meats. These things are the first steps toward improving your health and nutrition.
Eat your veggies…ditch the junk!