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Amazing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-07-26

Science and truly evidence based, this book turns our conventional knowledge of diet and obesity on its head. I blew through this book, and took many a note, and had so many “Aha” moments. It’s simultaneously amazing and disturbing to learn how government organizations and over extrapolated poor science has led our society to embrace the SAD diet and become plagued with chronic health issues like obesity and diabetes. This book was well written, organized and performed. Will definitely continue to use this as a reference for my continued education in health and nutrition.

A skeptical omnivore read this book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-04-12

First off, Dr. Greger's performance, tone, and reading style are excellent. It is hard to get into an audiobook where the individual reading is monotone, or unenthusiastic about the subject matter. Dr. Greger is obviously passionate about this book and it comes through in the manner it is read, which made it all the more entertaining.

Disclaimer: I am not vegan, I eat a fair amount of animal products, and I have my own biases. So, I struggled to take a lot of the studies he mentioned as gospel because simply, there are so many factors and unknowns when it comes to studies of diet. All animal products, all meat, is not created equal, and I find it difficult to accept studies that equate a pepperoni stick as being as carcinogenic to grass fed bison. Also, I am always highly skeptical of claims that include words like "reverse", "cure", or "prevent" as stand alone claims.

That being said, this book definitely highlights the need for society to lean more towards a plant based lifestyle. And Greger himself notes that any change to incorporate more whole plant based foods is a good one. He gives valuable, insightful, scientifically argued strategies on how to combat the dilemma that is the Western diet, and resulting chronic ailments of the Western lifestyle. As a healthcare practitioner it was an incredible insight into the lack of nutritional education that exists within the healthcare system, and has increased my resolve to do better by the patients I interact with. It has made me re-evaluate my own diet in order to do better to incorporate a variety of vegetables and more of them.

It was a very enjoyable read, and I would recommend it!

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