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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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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; 1 edition (Jan. 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399537252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399537257
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.7 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #586,786 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." — 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

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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Concise and fun to read. Very informative! Clears up a multitude of common misconceptions. I recommend that anyone who is health conscious read this.
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63 of 82 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b1875e8) 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.
27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b187834) out of 5 stars Great Premise - Author's Biases Drag Down April 3 2012
By Larry K - Published on
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As an avid reader and long-time user of Amazon, this is my first review. Obviously, something about this book drove me to take the time to write a review. I bought this book after reading the first chapter on Amazon. The premise of the book is sound - a thorough review of the nutritional studies based on the strengths of the studies involved. In my opinion, the execution of the book fails. The Author's biases are blatantly scattered throughout the book. Many of the studies that he uses were obviously "cherry-picked" to support his conclusions. Many of his conclusions are not supported in his content or the studies. I would have expected better from a PhD with his background. As an example, he gives several good reasons to prefer grass-fed beef over grain-fed beef; then ignores those reasons in concluding "inconclusive". His bias towards wheat is clear in all his conclusions related to grains. He falls prey to the cofounder problem in his red meat discussion (the red meat eaters in the study were more likely to smoke, exercise less, drink more alcohol and weigh more - yet all their problems were because of "red meat"). I give him credit - he came up with a good "package" for his book and some of his writing is entertaining. If you want real information and a thorough analysis of key nutritional issues - please go somewhere else. Any "nutrition" book that does not address the issues/dangers of sugar, refined grains and vegetable oils is not helpful to further our country's health. The subject of our failing US diet with ever-increasing obesity and disease is too important to be treated so flippantly.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b187a74) out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK! Jan. 11 2012
By L. Wimmer - Published on
Format: Paperback
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!
24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b187cf0) out of 5 stars Totally misleading May 16 2012
By David N Miller - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a food researcher and writer I was attracted to this book by its title, because coffee is a product that has a lot going for it in spite of its reputation. I expected that Robert Davis would debunk other products whose reputation has gone awry.
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.
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b187fe4) out of 5 stars FANTASTIC BOOK!!!! Jan. 3 2012
By Maria M. - Published on
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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... Definitely worth reading!