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Death by Food Pyramid: How Shoddy Science, Sketchy Politics and Shady Special Interests Have Ruined Our Health [Format Kindle]

Denise Minger
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Shoddy science, sketchy politics, and shady special interests have shaped American dietary recommendations--and destroyed our nation's health--over recent decades. The phrase "death by food pyramid" isn't shock-value sensationalism, but the tragic consequence of following federal advice and corporate manipulation in pursuit of health. In Death by Food Pyramid, Denise Minger exposes the forces that overrode common sense and solid science to launch a pyramid phenomenon that bled far beyond US borders to taint the eating habits of the entire developed world. Minger explores how generations of flawed pyramids and plates endure as part of the national consciousness, and how the "one-size-fits-all" diet mentality these icons convey pushes us deeper into the throes of obesity and disease. Regardless of whether you're an omnivore or vegan, research junkie or science-phobe, health novice or seasoned dieter, Death by Food Pyramid will reframe your understanding of nutritional science--and inspire you to take your health, and your future, into your own hands.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3080 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 314 pages
  • Editeur : Primal Nutrition, Inc.; Édition : 1 (1 janvier 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00HFKX24Y
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The book starts by answering the question "Is USDA food pyramid healthy ?" Spoiler in the title : it isn't. There are some extremely interesting testimonies from nutritionists who designed the first pyramid, and were horrified by how the government changed it to favorize wheat consumption due to the cereal lobby - the recommandations went from 2-3 servings a day to the 6-11 in the pyramid we know, with all the damage it had caused in the last decades.

While this first part is very informative, the rest of the book is even better : if food pyramid isn't healthy, then what is ? Thus starts a long journey where "common" knowledge meets scientific studies, empirical lifestyles meet fad diets, all with their pros and cons analyzed by Denise Minger in a remarkable example of objectivity. Extremely solid from a logical point of view, entertaining to read with light-hearted humor, I strongly recommend this book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Très explicite 24 juillet 2014
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Dommage qu'il n'existe pas en français car une fois de plus les américains nous devancent et bousculent nos habitudes très ancrées
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Definitely a book to recommend 22 décembre 2013
Par Sandra Clark - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I read a lot of books on nutrition. This one is now one of my favorites.

I think this book holds its own place in nutrition and the history of how we got to where we are today. It is written in a style that is easily accessible to those people who are both up on nutrition as well as those who are simply looking for someone to tell them what to eat. While the book doesn’t tell anyone what to eat, it makes a point of telling people that everyone is different and even explains the differences.

The book is divided into 3 sections. The first section basically tells the story of how the politics and moneyed interests trumped actual science. It's easily readable and is a good start. The second section, defines science terms and takes us through a scientific study. The book then explains the history of nutrition and disease through some of these studies, including Ancel Keys and Yudkin. The book describes both of these pioneers in reasonable terms. Certainly more reasonably then they described each other.

Finally the third section looks into 3 different diets; Mediterranean, Paleo/Primal and Veganism/Vegetarianism. The book looks at them both for what they correlate on (not a lot in terms of foods to eat) and what they both restrict (very similar restrictions in many cases). The book goes on to point out that since we are all individuals, it’s up to us to find the diet that works for us, but at the very least, we can start by subtracting what those three diets all leave out (processed, refined foods, sugars, trans-fats, PUFAs)

I think everyone should read this book. Vegans, Paleo/Primal, and mostly people who hear all the sound bites and are totally confused as to what to eat. Her main message is look at the science, look at what works for you and don't just take anyone's word for anything. Correlation does not equal causation.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A 'teach them to fish' book 6 janvier 2014
Par G. Wilson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The title is about the Food Pyramid, something widely recognized. A catchy title, but it's not the whole book. This book is about much more. It is also expertly written in a way that makes things clear to the non-expert and with a touch of humor.

The first part is titled Shady Politics. The second part is Slippery Science. The third part is New Geometry.

Shady Politics is about the food pyramid and how it came into being. It's a history lesson about personal ambition and corporate interests leading to really bad policy. Not as detailed as Gary Taubes' book "Good Calories, Bad Calories," it makes the case against the low fat, high carb recommendations of the food pyramid.

Slippery Science is a solid gem, I thought. Chapter 5, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to Nutritional Research" could be broken out as a special mini-book on its own. It's the best explanation I've ever seen of all the facets of nutritional research, put in a way that anyone can understand. Getting this chapter alone is worth the price of the book. Read it and learn how to understand all the other health and diet books and how to pick out the facts from the fiction.

The last section, New Geometry, is the author's recommendations for your own health and diet. There's some particularly good information for vegetarians. The book is for eating meat of all kinds. But the author is a former vegan and one of her specialties is helping vegans out of the nutritional dangers they face. Being a vegan, she says, taught her that diet-dogma is a killer. There is no dogma in this book. Only good science. That's what makes it so great.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent book, love the thinking process 31 décembre 2013
Par Marc H - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As an RD and personal trainer, I was excited for the book to come out. I had it pre-ordered for months, and it was worth the wait. Most things I get excited for and pre-order do not live up to the hype (see Robin Hood with Russell Crowe, i was the only one in the theatre, pre-ordered tickets). All jokes aside, this exceeded my expectations. She objectively reviewed the evidence of our current state of nutrition as a nation. Just like her take down of the China Study, she isn't taking sides, just saying that if this is your evidence, it is poor evidence. Toward the end, she reviews the most common and successful diet views and looks at what they agree on. I think for the lay person, her chapter on how to read a science paper is wonderful. If you are new to nutrition, this book can empower you to judge things for yourself. In my workout group, we will try to attempt to do the 'what does the fitness world agree upon' type thinking to help end all of the useless arguing. This book does a great job of that for the nutrition world, from paleo to the Mediterranean to veganism.
Great job Denise! The hard work you put in is obvious. Even harder is to do an objective review, and I believe you accomplished it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Challenging and Informative 5 janvier 2014
Par Ted Tyler - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Ancel Keys proposed that saturated fat was the main cause of coronary artery disease. Yudkin, Stanhope and Lustig blame sugar. Campbell calls protein the bad guy and considers Casein to be a potent carcinogen. These authors seem to have a narrow point of view when they consider how variations in diet contribute to health problems
Denise Minger is different. Not only does she have an entertaining and engaging writing style, but she dares to look at the data and attempts to obtain reasonable conclusions from that data. She knows that she isn’t always right – but unlike many authors who attempt of cover themselves with a cloak of infallibility – she always seeks the truth. She treats authors who disagree with her with respect and she appreciates being corrected when she gets it wrong. Overall, Death by Food Pyramid provides a lot of good information, challenging discussion, and is fun to read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A tour de force 21 décembre 2013
Par Bryan Barksdale - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book is a tour de force that examines the politics and bad science that gave the American people the Food Pyramid (now Food Plate) which most likely exacerbated the obesity epidemic and contributed to the rise we see in many chronic diseases. She gives the reader the basic skills required to read and interpret a scientific study and then precedes to dissect the literature that led to the Food Pyramid, especially that on fats and cholesterol. She also examines and dissects sacred cows in multiple diets types and synthesizes this at the end to what most likely constitutes a healthy diet and how to individualize it to your personal needs. It is easy to understand and is an entertaining read. I would have no problem giving this book to a family member or friend, no matter their dietary background, because they will be able to learn something and improve the choices they make.
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