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How to Eat

All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered
Written by: Mark Bittman, David Katz
Narrated by: Robert Fass
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
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Best-selling author Mark Bittman and physician David Katz cut through all the noise on food, health, and diet to give you the real answers you need

What is the best diet? Do calories matter? And when it comes to protein, fat, and carbs, which ones are good and which are bad? Mark Bittman and health expert David Katz answer all these questions and more in a lively and easy-to-understand Q&A format. 

Inspired by their viral hit article on Grub Street, one of New York magazine's most popular and most-shared articles, Bittman and Katz share their clear, no-nonsense perspective on food and diet, answering questions covering everything from basic nutrients to superfoods to fad diets. Topics include dietary patterns (Just what should humans eat?); grains (Aren't these just carbs? Do I need to avoid gluten?); meat and dairy (Does grass-fed matter?); alcohol (Is drinking wine actually good for me?); and more. Throughout, Bittman and Katz filter the science of diet and nutrition through a lens of common sense, delivering straightforward advice with a healthy dose of wit.

©2020 Mark Bittman, David Katz (P)2020 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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  • petevila
  • 2020-07-04

The simple message sets you straight

A quick and easy listen with a simple message .. plant based eating is healthier, but learn to balance your food choices .. a donut or an egg?

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  • J. Arroyo
  • 2020-06-17

So informational

I enjoyed the better understanding and in-depth explanation of different foods and diets. I am much more prepared to make the necessary diet changes in life for overall health.

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  • charisse j zeno
  • 2020-05-29

How to Eat!

Very specific,but needed it and could understand
easily. 2020 information I needed going into my 60’s Thanks

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  • DeEon Phillippi
  • 2020-05-25

Well Supported

I enjoyed it the audio book.. It definitely builds and supports plant based diets. I was surprised that taste preferences can change. I plan on re-listening to it periodically to reiterate the lesson.

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  • DBS44
  • 2020-05-17

#1 Choice for deciding on a healthy diet.

As a teacher who's trying to instill the concepts of lifetime wellness into my health and physical education students I have read a lot of nutrition books. This book seems to be a one-stop shop that gives it to you straight and covers all the major diets out there today, from what is good about each to what is bad. The book does this all while keeping content simple and easy to understand in the way that will help me and my students. Thank you.

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  • Greg Huber
  • 2020-05-13

Should be called, "How to eat vegetarian"

As my headline implies, this book single-mindedly promotes vegetarianism. The entire book reads as a dialog of a simple minded person asking questions and a professorial person answering those questions. Exchanges like, "But I like eating overly processed food!" "Well, it's bad for you." This book routinely puts junk food and meat products in the same category and goes on to snidely discount any and all other ways of eating. It also claims that all scientific studies of food and nutrition are biased. Overall it says that a plant based diet is good for you and ultimately good for the planet. I'll agree with that but I didn't learn anything new from this book and I didn't need to spend one credit and 7 hrs and 13 mins to find that out.

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  • Ryan
  • 2020-05-08

Overemphasis on plant based approaches

Generally reasonable advise but some plant based bias creeping in.
Study choices and rationality behind neglecting other studies appeared to be contradictory at times.
Advising not to seek why things have an effect and just to focus on eating real food is nice, but you still should justify your views if you're demonizing a common food choice.

It is quite the coincidence that every fundamentalist diet view believes their diet ticks all boxes, morality, health and sustainability.
A more rational view may be that none solve all three.