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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful illustration as to why you should keep your mind open and free!!, 19 July 2014
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This review is from: The Big Fat Surprise: why butter, meat, and cheese belong in a healthy diet (Kindle Edition)
My first ever book review.

Came onto this having read a NYT article about the author and book, and then an overly long review of the book by the co-author of Protein Power (Dr M.Eades).

Undoubtedly the author is a 'low carb' believer, and I don't think we can dispute that ethos for much longer. Her words are sometimes repetitive, but not onerously so, in exposing (I think) the delusion we have all been led to believe about what constitutes a healthy diet.

This book is not a prescriptive list of what we should be eating, but more an expose of the (half cut and deceitful) theories that did result in us being advised over the last 50 years to eat in ways that now seem to be ill advised. The stack of evidence collected over those years seems to have been misinterpreted through bad science or intentionally ignored to protect various industrial or scientific interests.

The examples presented, it seems to me, cannot be ignored and serious questions have to be answered by those in positions from which diktats are issued. If those in such positions do not answer and simply spout an ethos, they should be removed until we have a balanced presentation of both sides of the argument.

I know which way I am going from now - and its in the direction that this book has convinced me, I will be interested to see how the authorities start to dis-assemble and reverse the recommendations that have been issued over the last few decades OR protect what I now see as incorrect advice. I am sure they will have to do one - I hope they choose the right direction.

A powerful, informative read with far too much info to be taken on in the first pass.
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Initial post: 19 Oct 2014, 10:00:19 BST
Linden says:
I fear your hope that the authorities may reverse their recommendations will be in vain. There are far too many vested interests in the whole food industry and all its convenience foods: 'low fat' 'low sugar' 'low carb' - the list is endless. There's not really much of a commercial angle on meat, dairy, cheese, fish and vegetables, I think everyone needs to think through whose interests all the hype benefits, and eat a diet that they prepare themselves, with fresh ingredients. It's common sense.
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