Eat Like the Animals: What Nature Teaches Us About the Science of Healthy Eating

Eat Like the Animals: What Nature Teaches Us About the Science of Healthy Eating

by David Raubenheimer, Stephen Simpson


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Our evolutionary ancestors once possessed the ability to intuit what food their bodies needed, in what proportions, and ate the right things in the proper amounts—perfect nutritional harmony. From wild baboons to gooey slime molds, most every living organism instinctually knows how to balance their diets, except modern-day humans. When and why did we lose this ability, and how can we get it back?

David Raubenheimer and Stephen Simpson reveal the answers to these questions in a gripping tale of evolutionary biology and nutritional science, based upon years of groundbreaking research. Their colorful scientific journey takes readers across the globe, from the foothills of Cape Town, to the deserts of Arizona, to a state-of-the-art research center in Sydney. Readers will encounter locusts, mice and even gorillas along the way as the scientists test their hypotheses on various members of the animal kingdom.

This epic scientific adventure culminates in a unifying theory of nutrition that has profound implications for our current epidemic of metabolic diseases and obesity. Raubenheimer and Simpson ultimately offer useful advice to understand the unwanted side effects of fad diets, gain control over one’s food environment, and see that delicious and healthy are integral parts of proper eating.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780358561897
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/06/2021
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 732,318
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

DAVID RAUBENHEIMER, PhD, is the Leonard P. Ullman Professor of Nutritional Ecology and Nutrition Theme Leader in the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. STEPHEN J. SIMPSON, PhD, is Professor and Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre. They live in Sydney, Australia.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 The Day of The Locusts 1

2 Calories and Nutrients 9

3 Picturing Nutrition 15

4 Dance of the Appetites 21

5 Seeking Exceptions to the Rule 31

6 The Protein Leverage Hypothesis 47

7 Why Not Just Eat More Protein? 59

8 Mapping Nutrition 73

9 Food Environments 89

10 Changing Food Environments 109

11 Modern Environments 131

12 A Unique Appetite 151

13 Moving the Protein Target and a Vicious Cycle to Obesity 167

14 Putting Lessons into Practice 179

More on Nutrients 203

Acknowledgments 215

Further Reading 217

Index 231

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