With diets and nutrition, there isn’t a one-size-fits all approach. Nutrition is actually such a versatile topic that over the years and across the globe, opinions have become so drastically different and every opinion has become one of great debate. But it’s safe to say that there are a couple of ideas that tend to dominate this market.
We’re sharing with you some of our favorite nutrition books, which have shaped our perspectives on food, nutrition and our bodies.
The Beauty Detox Foods – Kimberly Snyder C.N
With an A-list Hollywood clientele, Synder shares her secrets on how she keeps many of Hollywood’s celebrities in top shape. In her book, Snyder shares 50 beauty foods that will help you detoxify from the inside out. No more products for better skin, all you need according to her is a grocery store. From avocados for glowing skin to bananas to help under-eye circles this book has all the beauty hacks you want to know, as well as over 85 recipes that will help you take charge of both your health and beauty.
The Food Babe Way – Vani Hari
Known as ‘The Food Babe,’ Hari is a food activist who sheds light on the many toxic ingredients that big food companies use. In her book, she educates people on how and why they need to remove processed and contaminated food from their lifestyle. “Did you know that your fast food fries contain a chemical used in Silly Putty? Or that a juicy peach sprayed heavily with pesticides could be triggering your body to store fat? When we go to the supermarket, we trust that all our groceries are safe to eat. But much of what we’re putting into our bodies is either tainted with chemicals or processed in a way that makes us gain weight, feel sick, and age before our time.”
Good Calories, Bad Calories – Gary Taubes
In this book, Taubes goes against the belief that “fat is bad for us, carbohydrates are better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more.” He argues that the enemy is, in fact, refined carbohydrates, such as white flour and sugars, and not the number of calories we take in. Taubes leaves you questioning the kind and quality of the foods you’re eating and not the typical calories.
Grain Brain – David Perlmutter, MD
A renowned neurologist, Dr. Perlmutter dives into a topic that has been the subject of debate for a long time: carbs are destroying your brain. He bases his book on the notion that all carbs, healthy and unhealthy, can cause conditions such as dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, and depression. Throughout the books, Dr. Perlmutter highlights what happens to the brain when it encounters the ingredients in bread and fruits, also highlighting why your brain flourishes on fat and cholesterol. Throughout the book, he offers an in-depth look and a four-week program that help show you how to take control of your “smart genes” as well as reprogram your genetic destiny for the better.
The China Study – T. Colin Campbell & Thomas M. Campbell II
Cornell nutrition researcher, T. Colin Campbell, and his team conducted the most comprehensive study to ever be done on the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease: The China Study. With teams in China and England, they found that a diet high in animal protein placed individuals at high risk, as they observed that Chinese villages where the inhabitants consumed the least amount of animal protein demonstrated lower incidences of cancer than the villages that consumed more animal protein. During their research they also came to the conclusion that a whole foods, plant-based diet had unparalleled health benefits.
How Not To Die – Dr. Michael Greger
In his book, Dr. Michael Greger explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes be more beneficial than prescription pills. Through his examination of the top causes of death, Dr. Greger argues that premature death can be prevented through a healthy change in lifestyle.
“History of prostate cancer in your family? Put down that glass of milk and add flaxseed to your diet whenever you can. Have high blood pressure? Hibiscus tea can work better than a leading hypertensive drug-and without the side effects. Fighting off liver disease? Drinking coffee can reduce liver inflammation. Battling breast cancer? Consuming soy is associated with prolonged survival. Worried about heart disease (the number 1 killer in the United States)? Switch to a whole-food, plant-based diet, which has been repeatedly shown not just to prevent the disease but often stop it in its tracks.”