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If you prefer your food with no added guilt - read this!!,
This review is from: Panic on a Plate: How Society Developed an Eating Disorder (Societas) (Paperback)If you have wanted to shoot the television when Jamie Oliver says that giving your children three scoops of ice-cream is child abuse (I paraphrase - but only slightly), then I recommend you read this great book. It is full of amusing anecdotes as well as lots of interesting facts. For example, did you know that you get more Vitamin C for your sugar in tomato ketchup than you do in an apple? It puts todays panics about food in their political and historical context and allows you to enjoy food again. If you prefer your food with no added guilt - then I recommend you read this book.
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Initial post: 20 Oct 2011 23:43:28 BDT
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A. Vargas says:
I haven't bought this book and I do not plan on doing it. Since all the facts from it comes from a very uninformed, unprepared and ignorant author. Sorry, but there is no other explanation for an individual that believes that the harm caused by fats is an invention, that the good cholesterol (or High-density lipoprotein HDL) is a mere invention to hide the fact that fat is not only bad but good for you. Of course all made up by the government and health authorities to justify their existence (as mentioned by the author in his book presentation). If the latter is not enough He argues that carbohydrates are responsible for all the harm ignoring the well-established chemical fact that carbohydrates while if ate in excess ultimately transform into fats. Those comments simply ignore hundreds of researches done in the area by hundreds of scientist all over the planet. To the author: please have some basic training in nutrition, medicine, chemistry before jump into irrational conclusions based on conspiracy theories.
If you don't believe just search in google scholar "trans fats + heart disease" or "trans fats + diet" to see what I mean. So far more than 60,000 articles proving quite the opposite of what the author of this shameful book suggest.
Just to end with: while ketchup might have more vitamin c, it also has also tons of salt and sugar (much more than an apple), on the other hand apples have a high concentration of fibres, what do you think is healthier??
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2011 17:37:39 GMT
You haven't bought the book yet have managed to critique it with nothing more than generalities.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2011 18:35:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Nov 2011 18:43:17 GMT
A. Vargas says:
No I haven't! But I did assist to a presentation (in Sheffield last month) where the author discussed all the issues that his book contained. Furthermore I raise my concerns and I engage in a discussion with him! Form that discussion I was able to conclude two things, first, he is a sensationalist journalist, not a physician nor a dietician, nor a health professional and second he has no idea on how to do a proper scientific literature review. As consequences he assumes things based on his background more that on the reality of a good investigation of facts! His defence during his book presentation showed ignorance, lack of knowledge on how to perform a robust scientific argument and defend it. To stongly argue and support an hypotesis you nee to follow a methodology. I ask to the author: how many articles did he analyse? How did he come with the articles that he is citing? Did he establish a valid hypothesis? Did he describe the methodology to support his statement? Did he define a clear and transparent literature review? Did he clearly define his search terms and topics? Did he use Medline, Pubmed, Google scholar to find his articles? How many articles did he found? How did he discriminate between articles? Which were his exclusion and inclusion criteria? How is he discrediting all the literature that does not support his theory? Did he do all that? My guess is that he didn't (based on his defence during his book presentation). That's basis research!! If he did and found that eating vegetables has no impact on your health or that eating fatty stuff cause you no harm or that being slightly overweight is good for you, then I will believe him honestly, but since he is supporting his statements in some articles that he intentionally look to support his arguments, then as a researcher I just can't believe what he is stating, more beacues I have look closely to this topic and everything that he says is wrong!! I suggest do your homework if you don't believe me, then don't, but don't believe him until you do your own research. Its not difficult, look in Google for articles on fat and diet or fat and health and you are done! I'm happy to discuss with the author if he can prove that he did all of the above if not is just a waste of time
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2011 11:01:00 GMT
Brummy D says:
Vargas is correct; having also heard Rob speak, he appears to lack the tools to actually assess and analyse the data. He also seems ignorant of basic reasearch in his chosen area.
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