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4.0 out of 5 stars Healthy cynicism, healthy diet, 1 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Trick and Treat: How Healthy Eating is Making Us Ill (Paperback)
This weighty tome of a book (428 pages) is a well researched work on so-called 'healthy eating'.

The author Barry Groves (researcher and lecturer) comes from England, and looks in detail at the role of fats, grains, bran, meat, salt, vegetables and fruit and even sunlight in the British diet - and the marketing thereof, and draws some startling conclusions. He asks (and answers) such questions as:
Who benefits from persuading us that we should eat more fruit?
More grain?
Skimmed milk?
And who benefits financially from our currently overweight and over-ill nation?

For example, he states that -
"The mantra that everyone will know is 'eat five portions of fruit and veg a day.' Yet there is little evidence of benefit over about two portions a week: and eating as much as five a day could have serious adverse effects on health. Growing them is also a wasteful use of land."
These are powerful words, but Mr Groves backs up his claims with plenty of research and evidence: 53 pages of references at the back of the book.

Mr Groves has also researched connections between diet and conditions such as diabetes, cancer and multiple sclerosis, that are hard to argue with. It makes for difficult reading at times.

Mr Groves also says "The good news is that you don't have to be exploited. If you put your mind to it, not only can you be totally healthy, you can personally help to cut the cost of ill-health in this country to a fraction of its current levels. If you are not ill, they can't sell you expensive drugs. And once that happens, your taxes can be reduced..."

Mr Groves looks to the natural order of foods and nature herself to consider a truly healthy diet, and what that might look like. Some might say it's common sense, but it's good to read well researched facts to back up those nagging doubts that many of us have been harbouring for many years.

This could be the start of a food revolution...
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Initial post: 3 Apr 2010 23:03:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Apr 2010 23:05:43 BDT
shpadoinkle says:
Ok, no offense Eating 5 portions of fruit and veg could seriously damage your health? All those pesky vitamins I suppose. But what exactly are we supposed to eat instead - bacon?
Also - fruit and veg crops are actually quite an efficient use of land, nutrition-wise. (Rearing livestock on the otherhand is horrendously inefficient and wasteful - so if he's anti-dairy, I understand that).
Bookish - this book sounds totally nutty!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2010 01:29:36 BDT
Jennings says:
Not having read this book but about to do so, however, there is some indication that vegetables, especially of the cruciferous variety, while nutritious, also happens to depress the thyroid. While bacon (with lashings of fat) is not the best of meats, I take it almost every day and in my 80th year I am in excellent shape so you might try it rather than fruit or vegetables if you are interested in good health.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2010 16:45:43 BDT
Halifax says:
Actualy you have it mixed up. Modern farming practices which involve feeding cattles grains which first has to be grown using, fertilised with petroleum based fertilisers and then transported are a waste on the land, yes. But not if cattle where fed their natural diet of grass straight from the land around them. Plus cattle would only be put on marginal land unfit for farming crops such as grains, though still fit for growing grass. In this way more land is put in to use, all unusable grass lands should be yielding their fruits in milk,eggs and cheese.

I highly recomend the following video, it will completly change your opinion on the so called wastefullness of meat farming:

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Aug 2011 06:44:45 BDT
David Jones says:
It sounds like you haven't even read the book! If so, then just go to Barry's website - then you won't have any 'wtf moments'

Posted on 2 May 2013 16:31:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 May 2013 16:37:00 BDT
Trevor says:
How about 0-portions of fruit and vegetables a day, like the Inuit, Masai and Samburu? Raw meat, blood and milk supply their vitamin C.

All governments sold-out to the depopulation agenda in the last century.

And don't forget your silica to chelate the nano-aluminium in the chemtrails they poison us with daily. Conspiracy theory? Look UP folks! Latest formulations (May 2013) dissipate nearly as rapidly as contrails now.

Here is Dr Groves's website:
Remember the globalists KILL people they don't like (without making it TOO obvious to the sheep).

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2013 13:26:03 BDT
Read the book shpadoinkle - your post is cringe inducing to those who have.

RIP Barry Groves, your writings changed my life :(
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