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Diet cults : the surprising fallacy at the core of nutrition fads and a guide to healthy eating for the rest of us

Author: Matt Fitzgerald
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Pegasus books editionView all editions and formats
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From the raw food movement to Atkins, an ever-increasing number of health and weight-loss diets are engaged in an overheated struggle for new converts. But underneath such differences, author Fitzgerald observes, these disparate groups all agree on one thing: that there is only "One True Way" to eat. The first clue that this is untrue is the sheer variety of diets. Indeed, while all of these competing "diet cults"  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matt Fitzgerald
ISBN: 9781605985602 1605985600 9781482993394 1482993392
OCLC Number: 858843451
Description: 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Forbidden fruit --
100 foods to eat before you die --
Homo coquus --
The caveman of Orange County --
The suck-it-up diet --
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's superfood! --
Consider the potato --
Eat bad, look good --
Coffee, chocolate, and wine --
Sugar water --
Starve or die --
Scapegluten --
The protein club --
What's your poison? --
Agnostic healthy eating.
Responsibility: Matt Fitzgerald.

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From the raw food movement to Atkins, an ever-increasing number of health and weight-loss diets are engaged in an overheated struggle for new converts. But underneath such differences, author Fitzgerald observes, these disparate groups all agree on one thing: that there is only "One True Way" to eat. The first clue that this is untrue is the sheer variety of diets. Indeed, while all of these competing "diet cults" claim to be backed by science, a good look at actual nutritional science suggests that there is no single best way to eat. What makes us human is our ability to eat -- and enjoy -- a wide variety of foods. The appeal of diet cults is their power to offer a food-based identity to latch onto, yet many more of us are turned off by their arbitrary rules. Fitzgerald offers an alternative: an "agnostic," reasonable approach to healthy eating that is flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of personal preferences and lifestyles.

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