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Coffee is Good for You: From Vitamin C and Organic Foods to Low-Carb and Detox Diets, the Truth about Diet and Nutrition Claims [Paperback]

Robert J. Davis

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Book Description

Jan. 3 2012

Though food is supposed to be one of life's simple pleasures, few things cause more angst and confusion. Every day we are bombarded with come-ons for the latest diet, promises for "clinically proven" miracle ingredients, and warnings about contaminants in our favorite foods. It's enough to give anybody indigestion.

Packed with useful-and surprising-information, Coffee Is Good for You cuts through the clutter to reveal what's believable and what's not in a fun and easily digestible way.

You'll find out:

  • Locally grown produce isn't necessarily more healthful than fruits and vegetables from across the globe
  • Alcohol does cause breast cancer
  • You don't need eight glasses of water a day for good health
  • Milk isn't necessary for strong bones
  • Oatmeal really can lower cholesterol
  • Sea salt isn't more healthful than regular salt
  • Low-fat cookies may be worse for you than high-fat cheese

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1 edition (Jan. 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399537252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399537257
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #343,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Davis, an award-winning health journalist, sorts it all out for us in this slender, handy guide. Whether it's aspartame, high-fructose corn syrup, or gluten, Davis relies on only the best evidence to separate fact from half-truth and fiction...Davis includes a wealth of reliable references, and ends with 'Ten Tips for Deciphering Diet and Nutrition Claims,' a chapter worth the price of the book."

"Coffee Is Good for You will educate you, entertain you, and at times it'll even make you laugh. A must-read for anyone who's ever wondered whether or not to believe the hype."
(-Lisa "Hungry Girl" Lillien)

"Robert Davis deftly blends wit, wisdom, keen insights, and a voice of unfailing reason. I will be recommending this great resource to everyone I know."
(-Dr. David Katz, Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center)

"Wow, that was easy to understand! Robert Davis does it again with his light hearted and sensible translation of complicated nutrition science. Who knew reading about nutrition research could be so much fun?"
(-Carolyn O'Neil MS RD, Co-author, The Dish on Eating Healthy)

"This book is a gem."
(-Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC News Chief Medical Editor)

“This nifty little handbook will appeal to a broad audience.”
(Library Journal)

About the Author

Robert J. Davis, Ph.D., is an award-winning health journalist whose work has appeared on CNN, PBS, WebMD, and in the Wall Street Journal. He is founder and editor in chief of and the author of The Healthy Skeptic. He also teaches at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK! Jan. 11 2012
By L. Wimmer - Published on
Robert Davis cuts through all of the hype and misconceptions to deliver straightforward answers about the most common food myths. He explains in layman's terms how scientific data is accumulated and then used to deem foods good or bad. His writing is clear and concise and delivered with a sense of humor. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the food s/he consumes!
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC BOOK!!!! Jan. 3 2012
By Maria M. - Published on
This book is fantastic... it really breaks down a lot of misconceptions about food -- and does it in a way that is clear, and very fun to read. Kudos to Robert Davis. AWESOME WORK!!! A must-read for anyone who is confused by all the "health" hype that swirls around out there...
60 of 79 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some good evidence, bad presentation and a lot of poor conclusions Jan. 19 2012
By Jonas - Published on
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I appreciate what the author was trying to do. A lot of the information being presented to the public is complete garbage. The problem is the gross over generalization he makes in his chapter titles, as well as his conclusions, that belay the idea that his evidence makes the conclusion clear. Yes some of the information is true, but he then begins to either acquit or vilify an entire product based upon limited evidence for one claim or one outcome.
A small example would be in his "Meat causes cancer" chapter. He properly concludes that "red meat" consumption increases cancer risk, but does not distinguish that when the numbers are crunched, distinguishing between un-processed meat and processed meat (i.e. ham, bacon, hot dogs, and lunch meat) almost completely exonerates the former. Males have to consume 19oz per week of unprocessed red meat to see a small increase in colorectal cancer risk, that risk increases almost immediately with processed meat (1/2oz per day). I am not a meat apologetic, and typically consume an 70-80% plant based diet. But I do know where the evidence actually points.
In his "Dairy causes cancer" chapter he puts a picture of "yes" on the opening page, which he states means evidence is clear. Then states that skim milk increase one type of cancer(prostate) but whole milk does not.Obviously there is more to it, which he elaborates on, but only after the verdict was rendered. Further more he shows "high diary lowers the risk of colorectal cancer". The presentation overall is mis-leading.
In "high fructose corn syrup is worse than sugar" he says "No". He then writes contradictory to this "Indeed, lab experiments have found that rodents fed HFCS gained more weight than those receiving table sugar. The rats also showed signs of so called metabolic syndrome...which has been linked to heart disease and diabetes. We do have evidence that the body processes pure fructose differently than glucose...[Fructose] is more likely than glucose to result in the production of harmful fats". Why is the answer to this question a resounding "No"? The soy chapters are even more ambiguous, as is the butter chapter.
I don't write many reviews. But this book needs some major clarification. I feel bad being so critical. I do think the author's honesty and integrity are in the right place.
Bottom line the author presents some good tidbits that many need to hear. Unfortunately he wraps them in a book of gross over generalization and inaccurate conclusions. If it allowed 2 1/2 stars, I would at least give him that, but it doesn't. This writing would be acceptable for a freshman class, not a PhD.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What You Should Really Know About Food and Weight-Loss Jan. 24 2012
By Killing Dinner - Published on
What you think you know about nutrition and dieting probably isn't true. Eggs and nuts are unhealthy? Coffee is bad for you? Low carb diets are more effective at helping you lose weight than low-fat diets? (No, no and NO!)

Media hype and deeply held beliefs often get in the way of science when it comes to food and losing weight. That's one of the reasons Robert Davis' Coffee Is Good for You is such a blessing. Davis breaks down commonly held beliefs (Do organic foods have more nutrition? Uh, no!) and looks at the science.

Written with cleverness and consumer-friendly language, Coffee is Good for You: From Vitamin C and Organic Foods to Low-Carb and Detox Diets, the Truth about Diet and Nutrition Claims is the consumer's answer to the confusing world of food and dieting rules.

The result is surprising. Clear and concise evidence that will turn your thinking about nutrition--and nutritional myths--around. It did mine!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Singing For My Dinner Jan. 25 2012
By Gloria C. Felsenthal - Published on
Davis' well-documented second book is as delightful as a trip to the bakery; however, Davis would prefer to direct us to the produce aisle. Happily, he also allows us some dark chocolate and a cup of coffee. His conclusions are backed up by research (see the reference section at the back of the book) but easily absorbed thanks to personal anecdotes, catchy analogies and jingles from the author's childhood. The book should be kept in the kitchen next to the grocery list for handy referrals. My nonagenarian mother took my copy to her house. I think she wants to make it another decade. Perhaps Davis will give her a chapter in his next book.

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