Do you know where your information comes from?
Almost more important than where your food is coming from is where your nutrition information is coming from. The part that bothers me the most about the current state of popular nutrition information is that it creates confusion for the consumer. You are left wondering what the heck to eat and in what quantities. Every other day, new study results are released that contradict the study from last week, leading to feelings of confusion, helplessness, desperation, and apathy. But the most damaging consequence is the lack of empowerment and responsibility people feel for their food choices - how can you make healthy choices when the definition of what’s healthy keeps changing??
That’s why I’ve compiled my favorite nutrition resources below. A mix of information on nutrition, the food industry, food studies, and the US government’s role in it all. All of these resources are ones I have read myself. They have been validated again and again, and are from top leaders not only in the field of nutrition but at the helm of the WFPB movement. Happy reading!
Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by T. Colin Campbell
Written by the author of the China Study, this is an outstanding book about how we got here and how we can make our way forward. Although there are scientific explanations for his WFPB stand, T. Colin Campbell writes in such a compelling way that it’s easy to understand - and the implications are even more abundantly clear. I wish this were required reading for every American. If you enjoy this book and geek out on the statistics like I do, the China Study really digs deep into the nitty gritty of research in a consumable way.
How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger, MC FACLM
Dr. Greger has created a comprehensive resource that is more optimistic than this title makes it sound. Broken down into sections based on disease (How Not to Die of Heart Disease, How Not to Die of Cancer, etc.) makes this a great resource for anyone looking to combat a specific illness with food. With lots of research presented (research is his thing!) it may be a bit heavy for the average consumer, but if you’re serious about getting better it is well worth the read. Dr. Greger founded NutritionFacts.org, a priceless resource for nutritionists and consumers alike. He and his team dig through every piece of nutrition research to verify its validity and then boil it down to a blog post or 5 minute video. A pioneer with T. Colin Campbell, he advocates for a 100% WFPB diet, but presents an objective view of each piece of literature he reviews.
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
While not exactly a resource for WFPB nutrition, Thrive is a critical resource for anyone ready to reject the grind. Many Americans are chronically stressed, sleep-deprived, and suckered into thinking that less sleep equals greater productivity. The tide is changing and Mrs. Huffington is a key influencer for changes in the workplace that lead to healthier employees and healthier outcomes for all. A must read for anyone interested in making the change from living to work to working to live.
NutritionFacts.org - Directly from the website: “NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. NutritionFacts.org was launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation.”
I am always adding new resources, so check back often for the latest!