“Eat To Live” by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
I highly recommend this book. If you are interested in learning and maybe having more motivation or a “why” to eat healthier then you will LOVE this book. I am reading it for the 2nd time right now. I gave my first book to someone to borrow and forgot who I gave it to and haven’t received it back so I recently bought it again.
It is loaded with statistics, info on studies, practical suggestions and recipes and it is written in an easy to understand way. He even makes all this info interesting! There are graphs, charts and pictures for us visual people.
I usually highlight important parts in books as I am reading this and this book has yellow highlighter and red pen all through it already. There are pages when almost everything he states on that page deserves to be highlighted.
Whenever someone asks what books I recommend that is one of them. I will go over some of the things in the book below:
Some of these are quotes and some of the below is me summarizing what he says: (my comments are in brackets)
Cancer is a Fruit and Vegetable Deficiency Disease
(I just love that! How true, how true)
Fruits and vegetables are the two foods with the best correlation with lengevity in humans. Not whole wheat bread, not bran, not even a vegetarian diet shows as powerful a correlation as a high level of fresh fruit and raw green salad consumption.
Raw vegetables have the most powerful anti-cancer properties of all foods.
After billions and billions of dollars allocated and donated to cancer research, we have nothing to show for it. We are losing the war on cancer because we are on an incessant search for the impossible-to-find cure, when in fact removing the causes is the only way to win.
A Vegetarian Diet is No Guarantee of Good Health
People who omit meat, fowl, and dairy but fill up on bread, pasta, pretzels, bagels, rice cakes, and crackers may be on a low-fat diet, but because their diet is also low in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, important essential fatty acids, and fiber, it is a conspicuously inadequate and should not be expected to protect against cancer.
Following a strict vegetarian diet is not as important as eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
Research shows that those who avoid meat and dairy have lower rates of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.
Leafy greens, the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, were the best predictor of extreme longevity. (he is quoting a study)
Whether you eat a vegetarian diet or include a small amount of animal foods, for optimal health you much receive the majority of your calories from unrefined plant foods. It is the large quantity of unrefined plant foods that grants the greatest protection against developing serious disease.
In this book Dr Fuhrman quotes and discusses the book “The China Project”. This is another amazing must read book and the research done and discussed in the book is so revealing that no one can deny it. Here is what he says from the book “The China Project”:
“Even those consuming the most animal products in China consume less than half the amount Americans do. As animal-food intake increased from about once a week in the lowest third to about four times a week in the highest third, breast cancer rates increased by 70 percent. Consumption of fresh vegetables in all groups was about the same. There was a strong increase in the occurrence of breast cancer mortality with increasing animal-product consumption.”
Americans also consume a lot of cheese (I used to LOVE cheese). He states that “Cheese has more saturated fat and more hormone-containing and promoting substances than any other food and the incidence of our hormonally sensitive cancers has skyrocketed.
There is almost no breast cancer at all in populations that consume less than 10 percent of their calories from animal products.
The one food that scientific research has shown has a strong positive association with increased longevity in humans is raw, leafy greens. Leafy greens are the most nutrient-dense of all foods.
Romaine lettuce gets 18% of its calories from fat and almost 50% of its calories from protein.
I could go on and on. Dr Fuhrman has done an incredible amount of research for this book and there are pages and pages of all the research papers and studies he quotes and discusses in the book.
Once you read this book you will start analyzing what you eat and what others eat. I was in Las Vegas recently and I can tell you – THERE IS NOT A LOT OF HEALTHY FOOD (or people for that matter) LIVING IN VEGAS. At least not in the “tourist” areas. I am not saying there is “nothing” healthy there, but you sure see a lot of unhealthy people and unhealthy food. Another things I could not believe is that people can smoke everywhere! YUCK!
So, if you are looking for some good “winter” reading then please, please consider getting the book “Eat to Live”.