The Healthiest Diet on the Planet
by Dr. John McDougall & Mary McDougall
This book is a perfect example of why people need to choose the foods that work for their bodies and not just go by what one person says.
In The Healthiest Diet on the Planet, Dr. McDougall warns against eating dairy, oils, eggs, meat (including fish), taking supplements, and any kind of fake meat or heavily processed food.
While I do agree with some of Dr. McDougall’s suggestions, I certainly do not believe that his recommendations will work for everyone, and that begins with me. Do I believe starchy foods are healthy? Yes, some, but I’m not a person who believes in wheat and corn because I do have sensitivities to them. Have I been diagnosed with celiac disease? No, but many people (including myself) have what’s called ‘gluten sensitivity’ which can be just as bad, causing a wide range of problems including autoimmune disease. Soy can also be an issue. I can understand where the author is coming from with going against the use of supplements, but some people (including myself) must take supplements like iron and vitamin D. There’s just no way around it unless you want to risk deficiency.
Another thought: unless you’re making your own whole grain bread at home, it’s loaded with stuff that isn’t good. Anyone can argue that the majority of the breads at the supermarket are unhealthy. So, if you don’t take organic into account, by eating all the wheat and corn suggested, you’ll be eating loads of pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals too. Because I live in America where heavy chemicals are used on farmed foods like soy, produce, wheat, and other grains, I can’t agree with that and will continue to make organic bread at home for my family. Maybe there’s a healthy bread recipe in one of the author’s other books?
There were a few other niggles I had, like frying in a non-stick pan. Really? I’ll use cast iron and organic olive oil over teflon any time. I do believe there are non-toxic pans that claim to be nonstick, but they aren’t mentioned here. Eating out of cans is also questionable, especially tomatoes and other acidic foods. Also, the book seems to be directed toward people who are overweight, so nuts, avocados, and dried fruits need to be kept to a minimum. Not all sick people are overweight; some people are skinny and sick. It’s a good start, but diet isn’t the only fix.
I appreciated that Dr. McDougall mentioned the climate crisis and one major problem we have in America: livestock farming. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of people talking about that and it’s something we all need to be aware of. Many people don’t even realize that mass meat farming is a top cause for greenhouse gases. I don’t want to slam meat, because people obviously feel strongly about it and might get upset, but meat (grass-fed) is something I eat little of and hope to completely remove from my diet. So, don’t get me wrong, there were very good parts (for me) in the book too. It just all comes down to what you believe in.
Overall, I think there are some really good recipes here and healthy recommendations. I don’t mean to bash the book, but if you’re going to title a book like this using the word ‘healthiest’, surely you have to take much more into consideration than just removing animal products and oils. This book seems like more of a ‘lesser of two evils’ diet. After all the years I’ve spent reading books on diets on what you should and shouldn’t eat, my conclusion is that you have to find what works for you. What’s good for one person might not be good for another. Personally, what works for me is a diet consisting mainly of plant based foods. With that said, it’s important for us to make our own educated decisions. I have a friend who swears by this diet, so definitely pick up this book and decide for yourself whether or not you think it’ll work for you.
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (September 27, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062426761
- ISBN-13: 978-0062426765
The bestselling author and internationally celebrated physician and expert on nutrition offers an appealing, approachable health solution—eat the foods you love to lose weight and get healthy.
For years, we’ve been told that a healthy diet is heavy on meat, poultry, and fish, and avoids carbohydrates, particularly foods high in starch—empty calories harmful to our bodies.
But what if everything we’ve heard was backwards?
High in calories and cholesterol, animal fats and proteins too often leave you hungry and lead to overeating and weight gain. They are often the root causes of a host of avoidable health problems—from indigestion, ulcers, and constipation to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. On the other hand, complex carbohydrates like whole grains, legumes, tubers, and other starches provide your body with essential proteins and nutrients that satisfy the appetite while simultaneously fighting illness. But Americans eat far too few calories from carbohydrates—only about forty percent, according to Dr. John McDougall, internationally renowned expert on nutrition and health, featured on the documentary Forks Over Knives.
The Healthiest Diet on the Planet helps us reclaim our health by enjoying nutritious starches, vegetables, and fruits. McDougall takes on the propaganda machines pushing dangerous, high-fat fad diets and cuts through the smoke and mirrors of the diet industry. He offers a clear, proven guide to what we should and shouldn’t eat to prevent disease, slow the aging process, improve our physical fitness, be kind to the environment, and be our most attractive selves.
Featuring a unique color picture book that shows us exactly what we should and shouldn’t eat, and two dozen color photos of mouth-watering recipes from Mary McDougall, The Healthiest Diet on the Planet is the easiest way to look great, feel better, and forever change the way we think about health and nutrition.
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