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The Vitamin Complex: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection Paperback – 19 Mar 2015
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'An excellent book...10/10...a deeply satisfying masterpiece of nutrition science writing'.(NHD Magazine)
‘Gets to the nub of how we have become nutritionally idiotic… alarming’(Sunday Times)
‘Engaging… makes a compelling case for the importance of eating real food’(BBC Focus)
'Measured, funny and fascinating. . . . If you need vitamins to survive (you do), you should read this book.'(Scientific American)
'[An] absorbing and meticulously researched history of the beginnings and causes of our obsession with vitamins and nutrition.'(New York Times)
'Behind the bizarre disconnect between rigorous drug regulation and a ‘whatever’ approach to dietary supplements are industry lobbying, Oz-like doctors and politicians on both sides of the aisle whose states benefit from the thousands of jobs provided by the multi-billion-dollar supplement industry. It is not a new story, but Ms. Price gives it a vigorous retelling. She also reminds us that the prophets of vitamania, and their political allies, would all be powerless if it were not for a peculiar kind of deficiency in ourselves that keeps us reaching for ‘a salve against uncertainty.’ Faced with such primal fears, it seems, science is powerless.'(Wall Street Journal)
'[Price’s] investigation, full of scurvy-ridden sailors, questionable nutritional supplements and solid science, is both entertaining and enlightening.'(Discover)
‘A much-needed critique of the nation’s obsession with nutritional supplements. Price exposes the less-than-scientific roots of what has become a multi-billion industry, along with the inadequate regulatory oversight that drives unsavory marketing practices. The book concludes with this refreshing advice: get your nutrition from eating real food.’(Michele Simon, President of Eat Drink Politics, and author of Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back)
‘This is a fascinating look at what we know – and mostly what we don’t – about vitamins. You'll never look at the a bottle of multivitamins the same way again.’(Emily Oster, author of Expecting Better)
About the Author
Catherine Price is a food and environment reporter whose articles have appeared in Men’s Journal, the New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Salon and others. She is a past winner of the Gobind Behari Lal prize for science writing. She studied journalism with Michael Pollan at the Unversity of California, Berkeley. She lives in Philadelphia.