Now more than ever, people are thinking of ways to be more conscious of what they eat so they can live longer and healthier lives. Along with people going to great lengths to eat better, they are also searching for books and publications that can shed light on ways to nourish the body in the best way possible. But, not all nutrition books are created equal and if you are looking for a certain type of nutrition book, it may be difficult to know what you will get out of it.
Below are some of my favorite nutrition books surrounding the history and perception of fat consumption and the hidden dangers of eating excess sugar and carbs. Have you read any of these books? If so, leave your thoughts on them down in the comments!
The Big Fat Surprise is an international and New York Times best-selling book that delves into the politics, personalities, and history of how the American public came to believe that dietary fat, including trans fats, is bad for their health and why it was systematically cut from many popular diets. Nina Teicholz, a former investigative journalist whose work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times, provides a well-researched timeline of poor nutritional science practices.
In Good Calories, Bad Calories, Gary Taubes develops an argument against the idea that a low-fat diet promotes weight loss and better health. Among other things, his argument covers the anatomy behind obesity, the biology of carbohydrates, and the chemistry of how different people gain weight.
In Forever Fat Loss, Ari Whitten uncovers the real causes of the obesity epidemic in America. The book discovers why people actually lose weight on low-carb diets and how that has caused misconceptions in the dieting landscape. The book also goes through the types of exercise that actually work and how much you should be doing to lose weight and keep it off.
John Mckenna brings his scientific and medical training into this book to discuss weight gain, food consumption, and how the two are linked. He explains in simple language how the statistics are showing that all of us are slowing gaining weight and how it started in the mid-1970s and what we can do about it now.
Gary Taubes makes a second appearance on this list for the work in his latest book. In it, Taubes builds on the earlier arguments found in his other works to discuss how sugar consumption is a leading cause of gaining weight and developing serious diseases. Taubes delves into the United States’ history with sugar and how American culture and life has become inextricably linked to the sweet substance.