Nutrition in Crisis: Flawed Studies, Misleading Advice, and the Real Science of Human Metabolism

Nutrition in Crisis: Flawed Studies, Misleading Advice, and the Real Science of Human Metabolism

by Richard David Feinman
Nutrition in Crisis: Flawed Studies, Misleading Advice, and the Real Science of Human Metabolism

Nutrition in Crisis: Flawed Studies, Misleading Advice, and the Real Science of Human Metabolism

by Richard David Feinman

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Overview

Almost every day it seems a new study is published that shows you are at risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or death due to something you’ve just eaten for lunch. Many of us no longer know what to eat or who to believe. In Nutrition in Crisis distinguished biochemist Richard Feinman, PhD, cuts through the noise, explaining the intricacies of nutrition and human metabolism in accessible terms. He lays out the tools you need to navigate the current confusion in medical literature and its increasingly bizarre reflection in the media.

At the same time, Nutrition in Crisis offers an unsparing critique of the nutritional establishment, which continues to demonize fat and refute the benefits of low-carbohydrate and ketogenic diets—all despite decades of evidence to the contrary. Feinman tells the story of the first low-carbohydrate revolution fifteen years ago, how it began, what killed it, and why a second revolution is now reaching a fever pitch. He exposes the backhanded tactics of a regressive nutritional establishment that ignores good data and common sense, and highlights the innovative work of those researchers who have broken rank.

Entertaining, informative, and irreverent, Feinman paints a broad picture of the nutrition world: the beauty of the underlying biochemistry; the embarrassing failures of the medical establishment; the preeminence of low-carbohydrate diets for weight loss, diabetes, other metabolic diseases, and even cancer; and what’s wrong with the constant reports that the foods we’ve been eating for centuries represent a threat rather than a source of pleasure.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603588195
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 03/18/2019
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Richard David Feinman, PhD, is a professor of cell biology at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, where he has been a pioneer in incorporating nutrition into the biochemistry curriculum. A graduate of the University of Rochester and the University of Oregon, Dr. Feinman has published numerous scientific and popular papers. Dr. Feinman is the founder and former coeditor-in-chief (2004–2009) of the journal Nutrition & Metabolism. He’s currently researching the application of ketogenic diets to cancer.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Setting the Stage

1 Handling the Crisis: The Summary in Advance 19

2 Whaddaya Know? 35

3 The First Low-Carbohydrate Revolution 61

Part 2 Nutrition and Metabolism

4 Basic Nutrition: Macronutrients 73

5 An Introduction to Metabolism 91

6 Sugar, Fructose, and Fructophobia 105

7 Saturated Fat: On Your Plate or in Your Blood? 117

8 Hunger: What It Is, What to Do About It 123

9 Beyond "A Calorie Is a Calorie": An Introduction to Thermodynamics 131

Part 3 The Low-Carbohydrate Diet for Disease

10 Diabetes 151

11 Metabolic Syndrome: The Big Pitch 167

Part 4 The Mess in Nutritional Science

12 The Medical Literature: A Guide to Flawed Studies 175

13 Observational Studies, Association, Causality 185

14 Red Meat and the New Puritans 197

15 The Seventh Egg: When Studies Defy Common Sense 215

16 Intention-to-Treat: What It Is and Why You Should Care 219

17 The Fiend That Lies Like Truth 233

Part 5 The Second Low-Carbohydrate Revolution

18 Nutrition in Crisis 245

19 Cancer: A New Frontier for Low-Carbohydrate 253

20 The Future of Nutrition 261

Acknowledgments 265

Notes 267

Index 275

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