The Gluten Lie: And Other Myths About What You Eat

The Gluten Lie: And Other Myths About What You Eat

by Alan Levinovitz

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An incendiary work of science journalism debunking the myths that dominate the American diet and showing readers how to stop feeling guilty and start loving their food again—sure to ignite controversy over our obsession with what it means to eat right.


Gluten. Salt. Sugar. Fat. These are the villains of the American diet—or so a host of doctors and nutritionists would have you believe. But the science is far from settled and we are racing to eliminate wheat and corn syrup from our diets because we’ve been lied to. The truth is that almost all of us can put the buns back on our burgers and be just fine.

Remember when butter was the enemy? Now it’s good for you. You may have lived through times when the Atkins Diet was good, then bad, then good again; you may have wondered why all your friends cut down on salt or went Paleo; and you might even be thinking about cutting out wheat products from your own diet.

For readers suffering from dietary whiplash, The Gluten Lie is the answer. Scientists and physicians know shockingly little about proper nutrition that they didn’t know a thousand years ago, even though Americans spend billions of dollars and countless hours obsessing over “eating right.”

In this groundbreaking work, Alan Levinovitz takes on bestselling physicians and dietitians, exposing the myths behind how we come to believe which foods are good and which are bad—and pointing the way to a truly healthful life, free from anxiety about what we eat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941393789
Publisher: Regan Arts
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 634,223
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Alan Levinovitz is an assistant professor at James Madison University. His writing has appeared in Slate, Salon, Wired, The Believer, and The Millions, as well as academic journals. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife, his daughter, and a cat. Fake cheese is his one food taboo.

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OpenMind1 More than 1 year ago
An excellent primer on the history of dietary recommendations in multiple cultures over the known history of mankind (focusing on the more recent past).   If you have an open mind, the author lays the framework for thinking about various influences on dietary recommendations, including scientific and "sponsored" scientific studies as well as the role of charlatans and saviors and their marketing approaches. This will help you make your own decisions regarding the value of various ingredients in living long and prospering.