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This is a great book......
on December 29, 2002
The title of Sally Fallon's book, NOURISHING TRADITIONS, is a bit of a pun because her book nourishes both the body and the soul. Fallon has assembled a huge amount of material about food and life as lived in traditional societies in the past and all over the globe. The result is a wonderful compendium on "outlaw" food preparation. Fallon suggests many "diet doctors" have made big mistakes regarding food-especially food from traditional sources. Their first mistake is that they rely on the USDA and FDA guidelines which are woefully inadequate since they are subject to corporate interests and they ignore information from non-U.S. sources. The second big mistake the diet gurus (some of them medical doctors) make is that they fail to inform about how you can determine the REAL nutritional value of foods. Counting carbohydrate and fat calories is not enough. You need to understand how the food was grown and processed, i.e. bad things happen on some farms (especially those run by large agribusinesses).
Many of Fallon's suggestions are accepted across the nutritional spectrum (banish refined sugar, flour, etc.), and some of her ideas have been accepted into the main stream in the past few years (value of Omega-3 fats), but most of her ideas are ignored although they are very sound. Fallon supports the notion that food growing and preparation in the old days was pretty good, i.e. traditional food preparation using organic foods is a healthy way to live. Many of the ailments modern folks suffer are brought about because of BAD food. Folks who practice traditional diets using organic foods are generally healthier.
Organic yogurt, ghee, free range chicken, miso, cod liver oil, honey, etc. are all associated with good health and long life. Unfortunately, simply buying "good" food in a supermarket is not enough. For example, you can buy honey, but unless you eat raw honey without pesticide and herbicide ingredients, you are wasting your time and money. Non-organic yogurt filled with sugar and other material has little or no nutrient value. Milk collected from abnormal cows and homogenized and ultra pasturized contains no healthful organisms, including the bacteria in the pus "modern" cows secret.
Perhaps the worst thing those on a weight-loss diet can hear is that many of the so-called "low-fat" and other lo-cal foods may actually cause you to gain weight. Some of the chemicals in convenience foods actually inhibit the thyroid. I received this book as a Christmas gift, but if I didn't already own it, I'd buy it.