Death by Food Pyramid: How Shoddy Science, Sketchy Politics and Shady Special Interests Have Ruined Our Health

Death by Food Pyramid: How Shoddy Science, Sketchy Politics and Shady Special Interests Have Ruined Our Health

by Denise Minger

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Warning: Shock and outrage will grip you as you dive into this one-of-a-kind exposé. Shoddy science, sketchy politics and shady special interests have shaped American Dietary recommendations—and destroyed our nation’s health—over recent decades. The phrase Death by Food Pyramid isn’t shock-value sensationalism, but the tragic consequence of simply doing what we have been told to do by our own government—and giant food profiteers—in pursuit of health.

In Death by Food Pyramid, Denise Minger exposes the forces that overrode common sense and solid science to launch a pyramid phenomenon that bled far beyond US borders to taint the eating habits of the entire developed world.

Denise explores how generations of flawed pyramids and plates endure as part of the national consciousness, and how the “one size fits all” diet mentality these icons convey pushes us deeper into the throes of obesity and disease. Regardless of whether you’re an omnivore or vegan, research junkie or science-phobe, health novice or seasoned dieter, Death by Food Pyramid will reframe your understanding of nutrition science, and inspire you to take your health, and future, into your own hands.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984755127
Publisher: Primal Nutrition, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2014
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 514,922
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 9 Years

About the Author

Denise Minger is a Portland, OR-based health writer and lecturer with a reputation for aggressively challenging today's leading voices of conventional wisdom. Her meticulously researched critiques decimating USDA guidelines and The China Study—published on her blog,—have made her a major player in the progressive health community, and a major thorn in the side of both mainstream nutritionists other health figures promoting flawed dietary dogma.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword Chris Masterjohn ix

Prologue xv

Introduction 1

Part I Shady Politics

1 Pyramid Is the New Paradigm 13

2 Design by Committee 22

3 Amber Waves of Shame 29

Part II Slippery Science

4 Evaluating the Experts 51

5 The Hitchhiker's Guide to Nutritional Research 67

6 Reopening the Case Against Saturated Fat 82

7 Ancel Keys and the Diet-Heart Hypothesis 89

8 A Little Town in Massachusetts 140

9 PUFA-rama: The Rise of Vegetable Oils 150

10 Meet Your Meat 181

11 Herbivore's Dilemma 188

Part III New Geometry

12 A Future Informed by the Past 216

Afterword 245

Notes 249

List of Tables 277

List of Figures 279

Index 281

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Death by Food Pyramid: How Shoddy Science, Sketchy Politics and Shady Special Interests Have Ruined Our Health 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is presented in a logical, scientific approach that builds the logic behind her recommendations. It is a fast and fasinating read.
Gwindog More than 1 year ago
It gives you the history of how our food pyramid and diet recommendations came about and how, disturbingly, politics and ego had greater influence over its design than nutrition itself.  I don't view this book as one you sit down and read cover to cover, but one you get hooked on and return to over time as you confirm and reconfirm what you thought you knew about nutrition.  It also sets you up to be a better consumer of data in the future, providing the skills to look behind the curtain of the results of studies.  I read the history portion straight through and have hopped around the science section looking at the background on studies I'm most interested in.  It amazes me how easy it is to spin the results of studies and this book helps you see how each study might not be what it seems, but also emphasizes the methodology strengths in studies that you might not be aware of.  The final section pulls it all together and helps guide you down whatever eating path you want to go down - laying out the pros and cons of each. I've been following a primal diet for over a year and one of the big eye openers for me is that my tendency to favor "muscle meat" over other parts of animals is likely causing me to be off balance in some of my nutrients.  So, the book helps you look at what you're doing and make tweaks to improve. Plus, while most books dive into one specific eating style, this book covers all the main eating styles - paleo/primal, Mediterranean, plant-based - allowing you to easily compare and contrast diet decisions you make.  It's a thick read for sure, but one I'm glad I'll have available to reference for a long time to come.
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Kentu More than 1 year ago
Go get 'em, Denise. You're the Best!