How to Eat

How to Eat

All your Food and Diet Questions Answered

Book - 2020
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"What is the "best" diet? Do calories matter? And when it comes to protein, fat, and carbs, which ones are good and which are bad? Food writer and cook Mark Bittman and health expert David Katz, MD, answer all these questions and more in a lively and easy-to-read Q&A format. Inspired by their viral hit article in Grub Street--one of New York magazine's most popular and most-shared articles--here Bittman and Katz share their clear, no-nonsense perspective on food and diet, answering real questions covering everything from basic nutrients to superfoods to fad diets. Topics include dietary patterns (Just what should humans eat?); grains (Aren't these just "carbs"? Do I need to avoid gluten?); meat and dairy (How much meat should I eat? Does grass-fed matter?); alcohol (Are there benefits to drinking?); and more. Throughout, Bittman and Katz filter the science of diet and nutrition through a lens of common sense, delivering straightforward advice with a healthy dose of wit"--
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2020.
ISBN: 9780358128823
Branch Call Number: 613.2 BI
Characteristics: ix, 242 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Katz, David L. 1963-- Author


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Feb 22, 2021

To answer the implied question of the title in one word, “vegan”. This book is very prescriptive, and should have trigger warnings for people who have or have had eating disorders. The question and answer format talks down to the reader. In their opinion, the “Mediterranean” diet is acceptable if you can't go full vegan, but most other eating styles are not. The authors seem oblivious to class, economic, and cultural issues, and they repeat a lot of old misinformation and stereotypes, such as BMI.

Jul 10, 2020

Really enjoyed this no nonsense book on nutrition. I found the question and answer format to be very effective. And it is repetitive, but that's on purpose to drive home the point that there's no fad diet you need to follow. Good nutrition is very simple and basic.

Jun 04, 2020

I rarely read nutrition-related books anymore, but I will read ANYTHING that Dr. David Katz writes. Dr. Katz is the founder of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, and one of the leading voices in Lifestyle Medicine on the planet. He urges people to ignore most of the news that comes out about nutrition, and to ardently avoid ALL fad diets. Diets that tell you to avoid natural foods like strawberries or beans have gone too far, and do much more harm in the long run than any short term gains they may provide. He doesn’t advocate for removing any foods from your diet, but does urge people not to eat foods that aren’t foods at all. Examples of these kinds of food are ultra-processed “foods” (most veggie burgers, for one, but also most name-brand hot dogs, Twinkies, etc).

I’ve been eating a lot of homemade veggie sandwiches lately. Whole wheat bread, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, lettuce or spinach, a slice of real cheese, pepper, mayo, mustard….and classic Lay’s potato chips (*on* the sandwich, not on the side). Would you believe there is more sodium in one slice of whole wheat bread than in all of the potato chips I put on my sandwich? Yeah.

These guys shoot down any diet advice that has been popular over the past generation that goes against common sense, and explain why they do so. The format is very readable and they don’t get too deep into the science in most places (though point you in the direction of more science-y stuff if you wish to investigate further). Can be read in 2 sittings for normal people, one sitting for those crazy super-readers.


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