Thursday, August 13, 2015

Book chat: The China Study

Whole foods, what are those? No, Im not talking about the grocery store chain, even though those are great too. Whole foods include fruits, vegetables, and grains in their natural and unprocessed state. Eating a whole foods, plant based diet is beneficial in many ways. If you want to know more about the benefits of this diet/lifestyle I suggest reading "The China Study" by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD. It is not only an informative good read, but it consists of the largest nutrition study ever conducted! I really enjoyed reading this book and learning about how my health is affected by things that I always thought of as healthy.
     Dr. Campbell's study illustrates that the best diet for overall health and well being is a whole foods, plant based diet, he delves into how industry runs the research and public health sector while the public is left questioning what is true or false. His book discusses how an increase in animal based proteins including dairy products, meats, poultry, ect. can be positively correlated with an increase in risk of disease. These diseases include but are not limited to cancers, heart disease, and diabetes (both forms...shocker!).
     The book also talks about how vitamins and supplements in a pill or any other form other than its natural state is just not comparable to the benefits received by eating whole foods (so eat those fruits and veggies people!). Studies have shown it is hard to see the benefits of one particular nutrient in supplementation, whereas eating a whole foods plant based diet gives the dieter more nutrients and vitamins.
     I would suggest this book to anyone who is interested about learning about their personal and public health as it relates to nutrition. Also, If you were wondering, the book I am reading next is "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes. Have you read any good books lately?