Politically Incorrect Nutrition – a review

The world of food and nutrition gets more confusing every day. One day a food, or a drink for that matter, is praised as the answer to more prayers than we might count, and the next it’s being demonized by the media. It can be hard to keep up and you may just wish you could bury your head in the sand and be done with it.

If you’re looking for a new viewpoint on what’s safe and what is not safe to put in your body, you need look no further than the book Politically Incorrect Nutrition

Michael Barbee has written a great book covering both food and modern practices, some of which are supposed to be safe and even good for you, and some considered anathema. It’s a great introduction to a lot of the principles found within traditional foods and in a much easier form to digest, at only 165 pages.

Among the topics covered:
*Microwaves may not be as innocuous as they seem, as they do not heat food in the same way as a direct source of heat would. Foods developed carcinogens and the bioavailability of nutrients decreased;
*While green tea is full of antioxidants, it is also packed with a cocktail of industrial chemicals, including pesticides;
*Aspartame is another carcinogen which continues to get sold as a sugar alternative. (I do remember hearing about this long before I started eating tradition foods and it floors me that it’s still available on the shelves and so heavily promoted);
*Instead of prventing cavities, water fluoridation can make teeth worse;
*Soy is far from the healthy food it has been sold as;
*Cholesterol and eggs are not the enemy of good health;
*How one can become malnourished on a vegetarian diet;
*and more! I am not about to spoil the whole book by listing everything. Go out and buy it, or check it out from your local library.

For the scientifically minded or skeptics in the audience, Barbee very thoroughly documents every chapter with extensive footnotes, citing well-respected scientific journals in his research. His writing is also very clear and to the point. Each chapter also concludes with tips on either integrating or eliminating the chapter topic into/from your diet. He provides a great deal of food for thought, along with resources to explore topics further.

This is a great book for a lot of different people. For the experienced traditional foodie, you get talking points and perhaps something you didn’t know about before (for example, I was unaware of the issue with green tea). For someone just getting started, its size making the book very portable and not intimidating in its length. For the skeptic, you get information and respected sources as backup.

This is definitely a great addition to any real food library!

Have you read any good books recently relating to traditional food?

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5 responses to “Politically Incorrect Nutrition – a review

  1. Oooooh! I’m adding to my to-read list for this year! Can’t wait to dig in! 🙂

  2. Sounds like a good book! I will add it to my list! Thanks for the review!

  3. Thank you for letting us know about this book, I am going to get it-now!
    I’m so glad you dropped by and I really welcomed this contribution last week to the Seasonal Celebration Linky- a great collection of seasonal recipes, homemaking, crafts, homeschooling and motherhood thank you so much!
    Seasonal Celebration is live once more, so feel free to pop over and join this wonderful celebration of creative talent! http://naturalmothersnetwork.com Rebecca x

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  5. Michael Barbee & I were good friends on an internet nutritional discussion board. He & I were both diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008. Michael was a great guy. We had friendly differences on the definition of a health diet. Michael believed in eating grass fed beef, grass fed dairy, and of course fresh organic veggies. While not a vegetarian, I tried to minimize red meat (almost zero beef), no milk and butter only rarely, and mostly veggies & nuts. Michael died within a year. Needless to say (and knock on wood), I’m alive and kicking. Yes, Michael contracted a more deadly form of prostate cancer……….but I’m convinced that his choice of diet contributed to his contraction of a more deadly type of cancer.


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