A New Scientist Best Book of 2020 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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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, where STEPHEN J. SIMPSON, PhD, is Professor and Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre. They live in Sydney, Australia.
Table of Contents
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
Further Reading 217