Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

By | June 18, 2017
Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition Author T. Colin Campbell
ISBN-10 1939529840
ISBN-13 9781939529848
Year 2014-05-06
Pages 352
Language English
Publisher BenBella Books
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New York Times BestsellerWhat happens when you eat an apple The answer is vastly more complex than you imagine Every apple contains thousands of antioxidants whose names beyond a few like vitamin C are unfamiliar to us and each of these powerful chemicals has the potential to play an important role in supporting our health They impact thousands upon thousands of metabolic reactions inside the human body But calculating the specific influence of each of these chemicals isnt nearly sufficient to explain the effect of the apple as a whole Because almost every chemical can affect every other chemical there is an almost infinite number of possible biological consequences And thats just from an apple Nutritional science long stuck in a reductionist mindset is at the cusp of a revolution The traditional gold standard of nutrition research has been to study one chemical at a time in an attempt to determine its particular impact on the human body These sorts of studies are helpful to food companies trying to prove there is a chemical in milk or pre packaged dinners that is good for us but they provide little insight into the complexity of what actually happens in our bodies or how those chemicals contribute to our health In The China Study T Colin Campbell alongside his son Thomas M Campbell revolutionized the way we think about our food with the evidence that a whole food plant based diet is the healthiest way to eat Now in Whole he explains the science behind that evidence the ways our current scientific paradigm ignores the fascinating complexity of the human body and why if we have such overwhelming evidence that everything we think we know about nutrition is wrong our eating habits havent changed Whole is an eye opening paradigm changing journey through cutting edge thinking on nutrition a scientific tour de force with powerful implications for our health and for our world

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