Tuesday 18 February 2014

Nutritional Grail: Ancestral Wisdom, Breakthrough Science, and the Dawning Nutritional Renaissance by Christopher Clark

During the 20th century, flawed nutritional theories and the industrialisation of food production lead to unhealthy dietary changes. Sugar consumption increased dramatically and processed foods became commonplace.

This book explores the social and economic forces that have propelled these changes, including the current unnaturally close relationships between governmental nutritional advisors and biotechnology firms and the industrial processes and companies that produce the unhealthy foods so many of us eat.

The book also explores scientific methodology and explains modern scientific perspectives on nutritional topics including fat, cholesterol, fructose, gluten and detoxification. The narrative is very scientific in parts, so may be heavy going unless you're very interested in detailed nutritional information.

Clark lays out a comprehensive strategy for effortless weight loss, improved digestion, and increased energy including a range of recipes and advice on cooking equipment and techniques. The whole book is exhaustively referenced so you could spend months reading up more on the topics covered here.

This is a very interesting read, though given all the contradictory advice that is out there, this book may only add to your feeling of confusion about what really is a healthy diet. And it's certainly a book to read section by section and then keep to refer to, rather than to read all at once.

Thanks Story Cartel for my free e-copy of this book.


Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Hi Juliet, eighteen months ago I was desperately ill and had be on a downward path for a long time. Doc thought I had colon cancer. But, no! After all these years, it was SEVERE Lactose Intolerance. "And, while your at it," says my doctor, "get rid of wheat and gluten." Truth to tell, it has not been hard to do. Lost 30 pounds and everyone tells me my complexion, eyes, and energy look better, too, Friend Rose says, "Yeah, now that you're not poisoning yourself..."

Anonymous said...

sounds very comprehensive - I'm all for keeping it simple, lots of variety and less processing