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  • Is Death by Food Pyramid worth a read?

    It has been out a bit now, wanted to know if anyone things it's worth the pick up.

    M.

  • #2
    Denise is a great writer.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
      Denise is a great writer.
      Yes she is, and I've read parts of her blog for over a year now. However, I can't give someone a clean pass on something new just because I liked their earlier stuff.

      M.

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      • #4
        I've read her whole blog, from the first post to the most recent. I started following her when she first started working on her China Study critique.

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        • #5
          I'm 35 pages in, and it's a good read! She's really funny and informative.

          Sent from my SPH-L720 using Marks Daily Apple Forum mobile app

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          • #6
            I haven't gotten mine yet and I'm in Canada, and it's a week from Christmas... yeah. I'll let you know when I get it.
            Out of context quote for the day:

            Clearly Gorbag is so awesome he should be cloned, reproducing in the normal manner would only dilute his awesomeness. - Urban Forager

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            • #7
              Not a book I will read, I already know that SAD is problematic. But it could be a book for friends or relatives that are plagued by the SAD consequences ...

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              • #8
                I am still working my way through the book. So far nothing really new to someone already into the Primal lifestyle, but she makes some good points about not blindly following anything related to diet. She explains a lot of the jargon and types of studies and encourages the reader to think and judge everything for themselves.

                The first chapters were slow for me, because I wasn't intrested in the politics behind the Food Pyramid. However, her writing style is great and flows well.

                My favorite line so far (page 61 of the hard cover), was when she was talking about judging content on the internet, specifically government sites:

                "The good news about government health-related websites is their nutrion advice will be consistent--- usually based on the USDA's latest dietary guidlines. The bad news about government health-related websites is their nutrion advice will be consistent--- usually based on the USDA's latest dietary guidlines."

                For some reason that cracked me up. I intend to finish the book in the next few days, can post back when I am done.

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                • #9
                  YvonneJean, I cracked up at the same passage!

                  So far, I'm only about 85 pages into it. I enjoyed the brief history of the Food Pyramid. I'd never heard of Luise Light, and I thought the "Hard-to-Place" Food Pyramid, detailing where things like cake, cheese curls, and instant pudding fit into one's diet (as grain, grain, and dairy, respectively) had to be a joke--then realized, to my horror, that it wasn't.

                  Minger's writing style makes it an easy read. A lot of what I've read so far will be familiar to Paleo/Primal folk who have done a lot of reading and have any kind of science background. She discusses how to evaluate whether sources of nutritional information might be trustworthy, and covers the basics of reading research papers. Some may choose to skim over it. But there are a lot of people out there who don't know this stuff, and are intimidated by jargon, and I think Minger explains the basics in a very accessible way.

                  So far, so good; I'm looking forward to reading the rest of it.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by YvonneJean View Post
                    My favorite line so far (page 61 of the hard cover), was when she was talking about judging content on the internet, specifically government sites:

                    "The good news about government health-related websites is their nutrion advice will be consistent--- usually based on the USDA's latest dietary guidlines. The bad news about government health-related websites is their nutrion advice will be consistent--- usually based on the USDA's latest dietary guidlines."

                    For some reason that cracked me up. I intend to finish the book in the next few days, can post back when I am done.
                    LOOOL! Just for that, I really want to read this book xD Sounds really good (and I am very interested in the politics behind the food pyramid).

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                    • #11
                      Dr. Davis, author of Wheat Belly was the first to expose the severe health problems with wheat:

                      The devastating health problems from wheat, testimonials with photos:
                      http://tinyurl.com/Wheat-Health-Problems

                      Then author Dr. Perlmutter came out with his book detailing the devastating health effects of wheat on the brain in his book, Wheat Brain.
                      Some of his testimonials in the above link.

                      Grizz

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                      • #12
                        Just finished it. It's a very good read, I would highly recommend it.
                        Out of context quote for the day:

                        Clearly Gorbag is so awesome he should be cloned, reproducing in the normal manner would only dilute his awesomeness. - Urban Forager

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                        • #13
                          Alright, I'll pick up a copy as soon as I can.

                          M.

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                          • #14
                            Got my copy this evening...now to find a hide-away in which to read!

                            M.

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                            • #15
                              Just finished reading this afternoon.

                              It's excellent and finally a book that you can recommend to 'general' readers so to speak. She doesn't dumb down at all but makes what is a very complex subject really accessible. And she's so funny. I particularly liked her recollection of her year as a raw food vegan, some priceless lines in there.

                              I'm in Scotland and ordered via Amazon.co.uk and it came much quicker than the advertised launch date for the UK (originally February). So if there are any British readers there's no wait now

                              Having read Gary Taubes tome it's great to have this more user-friendly book. I'd been looking forward to reading it after following Denise for several years and I wasn't disappointed.
                              Seeking the natural way in a modern world ...

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