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Average Vote: 195.0/5
(A further review after reading it!) This is an eye-opening, really interesting book which shows that, what we have been told over recent decades about what is good or bad for us to eat, is highly questionable. It shows that our bodies need saturated fat; bacon, sausages, eggs, cheese, whole milk, butter and even lard are good for us (obviously in moderation and not all together). Arnold Page highlights the research and shows how misinterpretations, and maybe some vested interests, have resulted in the wrong advice being given, and this has led to various diseases and obesity. He explains, in an interesting way, what happens inside our bodies when we eat certain foods. With all the diseases and the obesity epidemic at the moment, I would urge people to read this book, especially for the sake of the younger generation growing up. I have given copies to my family. Since reading this book I have lost my 'sweet tooth' and lost some weight without really trying.
(A further review which was part of my Christmas family and friends newsletter this month.) This book really opened our eyes to the way the food industry funds and thus controls virtually all food research and government (non) action for its benefit and not for the consumers’. Jenny now buys and cooks in a significantly different way and we are the healthier for it. The book also had advice on exercise and so I started the NHS “Couch to 5k” running plan and also static exercises. Later on we had a fortnight away and by mistake I took only 1 week’s supply of cramp and stomach ache pills. By the end of the holiday neither problem reoccurred. I left them off for another few weeks then checked with my GP. She said that the exercise would have stopped the cramps (I’d had them for about 10 years) and the change of diet could have helped too, and the change of diet would have stopped the stomach aches (nearly 4 years) and the exercise could have helped too. I then decided to stop taking paracetamol every day (for about 10 years to ease arthritis aches in my neck and shoulders). No reoccurrence either! I enjoy my morning runs, feel heathier than I have for years and certainly don’t feel my age, 78.
This book was a real eye opener. The food industry and some of our politicians even, have a lot to answer for. I didn't know that most of the food "research" carried out by "independent " organisations is funded by food manufacturers. So don't be surprised at the results! My wife and I have put a lot of this book's food advice into practice and I've also taken the book's advice about exercise. I'm now following the NHS "Couch to 5 K plan". I've got my weight down to the middle of my BMI range, stopped taking 2 different medicines (with my GP's approval of course) one for cramps and one for stomach aches and am feeling much, much better for it. Every family should have a copy. I bought copies for my children.
This is a truly excellent book, well written but more importantly with content that can be life changing. Apparently 700 people per day are diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes - if that is you then just read this book.... How many people suffer from heart disease - millions - if that is you then just read the book. But as well as these hugely life changing chapters the book also helps you avoid teeth decay and get a better night's sleep. And this isn't something written by an enthusiastic 'quack' - it is all based on solid science from a recognised research scientist. If the NHS were able to give out and make all their patients read this book within 12 months I firmly believe that we would not have a health service funding crisis...
This book was a very interesting read, and easy to understand. It was very revealing, and subsequently we have changed our diet. We eat butter instead of spreads. it is so much nicer, and better for you, much to our surprise. We eat fish twice a week, and have stopped buying orange juice and drink water instead. We have also started exercising regularly and feel much better for it.
An insightful and well-researched book, which describes the simplicity of healthy eating. Some of the revelations contained with this book are only dawning on the western world e.g. that many manufactured products promoted as 'healthy', 'diet' or 'low fat' foods are actually not good for us, that sugar is a serious threat to health and that the money tied up in the food industry is undeniably behind the resistance to changing our society’s eating habits (it was only highlighted in today’s papers that there was great controversy behind the release of the ‘sugar tax report’). Other revelations in this book are undoubtedly ahead of public awareness. I wholeheartedly encourage people to read this, for their wellbeing and that of their families. We are what we eat…
I haven't progressed far with my second reading yet, but am finding that I am not getting hungry very quickly, have lost my desire for sweet things, and have lost a little more weight. I am amazed! You should have written it ages ago, Arnold!
Extensively researched, thoroughly argued, carefully written, and challenging much of conventional dogma, this is a ‘must-read’ for everyone with a concern for their own and their children’s diet and health.