Monday, May 07, 2007

Books I've Read

Just read:

Interesting and informative, this book is a worthwhile read. Bowden's style is engaging while he educates his readers about some of the healthiest foods for humans and why they're so darn good for us. Surprisingly, ice cream and popcorn didn't make the cut. But blueberries, brocoli, wild salmon, oats and over one hundred forty other foods did.

He's repetitive in places, but that works well if you want to read sections out of sequence. He's managed to cut through the politically correct nutritional nonsense and to condense research into manageable bits for the both newcomers and more knowlegeable souls alike. He rightfully refused to jump on the "eat more grains" bandwagon, and he discussed fairly the *soy controversy raging in nutrition circles. He refuses to cower before fatty foods as though they were satanic; he argues for the use of good fats in the diet, thank goodness. And of course there were many, many nutritional superstars among the fruits and the vegetables. Bowden also discusses dairy, meat, poultry, beans and legumes, herb and spices, sweeteners, and beverages. This is a great book to have on hand when your family says, "Why do I have to eat this?"

*When I put add more soy into my diet on my to-do list, I probably should have mentioned the controversy. Many nutrition experts are horrified by the increased use of soy in our diets. They argue that we should eat soy only as those who've been doing it for hundreds of years do---that is, only when fermented as in the case of tempeh, miso, or natto. That was what I meant when I said I wanted to add soy to my daily diet. I did try but discovered that even miso which I love does not agree with my system, giving me indigestion.

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At 5/09/2007 12:45 PM, Anonymous Eric said...

One of the concerns that I've heard about with soy, particularly soy "milk" is that, like juices, it concentrates the calories and sugars as well as any residual pesticide use.

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for highlighting it. I'll be buying it today! :)

At 5/31/2007 10:44 PM, Anonymous Thomas said...

Does the book address the other side of nutrition, exercise?

As a culture we seem to treat diet, whether fad slimmers or comprehensive nutritional manifestos as cure alls rather than as a component of an overall healthy lifestyle.

At 6/01/2007 2:58 PM, Blogger Anna Venger said...

The author, Jonny Bowden, is actually a medical exercise specialist as well as a nutritionist. This book didn't address exercise much, but I don't think one could infer from that that the author is minimizing its importance. His resume is posted on his site if you want to check out his credentials.

At 6/13/2007 11:45 AM, Blogger Snoskred said...

Hi, it's Snoskred here. I've recently become a blogging chick and have set myself a challenge to comment on as many Blogging Chick blogs as I can. So that's why I'm here. ;)

Sounds like an interesting read. I've stopped listening to all the "(food) is dangerous" type of news reports. Well really I pretty much stopped listening to the news at all, but I especially ignore it when they try to tell me what is good for me and what is bad for me. ;)



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