The Bad Food Bible

The Bad Food Bible

How and Why to Eat Sinfully

Book - 2017
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"Advice about food can be confusing. Experts seem to agree on only one thing: some ingredients--often the most enjoyable ones--are bad for you, full stop. But as physician Aaron Carroll explains, if we stop consuming some of our most demonized foods, it may actually hurt us. Examining troves of studies on dietary health, Carroll separates hard truths from hype, showing that you can: eat meat several times a week: its effects are negligible for most people and are arguably positive if you're sixty-five or older; have a drink or two a day: in moderation, alcohol may protect against cardiovascular disease without much risk; enjoy a gluten-loaded bagel from time to time: it has less fat and sugar, fewer calories, and more fiber than a gluten-free one; eat more salt: if your blood pressure is normal, you may be getting too little sodium, not too much. Full of counterintuitive, deeply researched lessons about food we hate to love, The Bad Food Bible is for anyone seeking eating habits that are sensible, sustainable, and occasionally indulgent."--Back cover.
Reveals the positive benefits of enjoying moderate portions of vilified ingredients ranging from red meat and alcohol to gluten and salt.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780544952560
Characteristics: xxxiv, 234 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 07, 2018

I think I read this one in less than a day, because who doesn't want to read justification for drinking, eating what you really enjoy, and not feeling guilty - in moderation - all while learning fun facts, great anecdotes and personal stories, and laughing at how stupid humans are about our food choices.

The author does a great job of explaining research, his research methods, and how most research is stupid. This alone is worth reading if only to make you smarter about how to read studies about food (and why they contradict each other so often).

Every chapter breaks down why one thing or another isn't as bad for you as we've been told, and why, and as someone with huge eating issues, this was the perfect way to take my anxiety down a few notches. The chapter on coffee came in handy when, at the time I was reading it, a judge in California decided coffee needed to be labeled as dangerous and I could tell anyone who was willing to listen why that judge ought to stick with the law, rather than proclaiming potential carcinogenic dangers where they are clearly not.

If you have a mother who has made you unbalanced about what you eat and drink, this is all you need to get her fears out of your head and get your own life back to enjoying one or two of the pleasures in life.


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