Coffee is Good for You: From Vitamin C and Organic Foods to Low-Carb and Detox Diets, the Truth about Di et and Nutrition Claims Paperback – Jan 3 2012
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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." — Booklist
"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
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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 Everwell.com and the author of The Healthy Skeptic. He also teaches at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health.
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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.
I was outraged. The book is almost a mouthpiece for the big food industries. The MSG in your food is not harmful, according to Davis. Tap water is generally better than bottled water, and the fluorides in tap water are beneficial rather than harmful, he says. Other claims: plastic food and drink containers are harmless even when left in a hot car or used in a microwave; margarine is a better food than butter; olive oil is not a healthy oil, saturated fats are worse; carbohydrates don't make you gain weight; HFCS is not a villain; aspartame is safe; soy products are healthy.
The research he referred to was usually sponsored by its own industry. Contrary to the title of the book, his ideas were "old school" and at least two decades out of date. It is books like this that maintain the confusion that keeps so many people overweight and sick.
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