The Gluten Lie

The Gluten Lie

And Other Myths About What You Eat

Book - 2015
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Gluten is not the enemy--and neither are salt, sugar, fat, or any foods we eliminate in the quest for optimum health. In fact, most of what we believe about nutrition is based on myth and superstition, not proven science. It's time to stop feeling guilty and start enjoying our food again. Author Alan Levinovitz shows why our problem is not what we eat, but how we eat: full of anxiety about dietary villains like pizza, pasta, steak, and snacks. Unless you suffer from celiac disease or a similar affliction, a proper diet can and should include your favorite foods--and a dose of skepticism for the latest miracle cure. Our food beliefs are shaped not by hard data, but by age-old myths and the lies we are told by huckster physicians. How do we know what to believe? Levinovitz gives you the power to evaluate the latest research for real direction, instead of being led around the grocery store in circles. The Gluten lie will help you put the bun back on your burger, stop giving into the latest diet fads, and live a happier, healthier, more delicious life--Adapted from book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Regan Arts, 2015
Edition: First Regan Arts hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781941393062
Characteristics: 263 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Jun 27, 2017

Essentially, the author teaches you how to be skeptical of diet fads. He is a scholar of religion and myth and examines dietary advice through this lens, specifically gluten, fat, sugar, and salt. He dissects various myths that diet gurus throughout history use--paradise lost, fear of modernity, ancient authority, etc. and shows how they apply to modern crazes. The last chapter is a little confusing at first--it purports to be his own revolutionary new diet plan (the sort of thing he's spent the rest of the book debunking). Keep reading, and there are little side notes showing point by point why it's ridiculous.

May 28, 2017

Like with any diet/nutrition/health book we can choose and pick what we want to apply to our life and what we'd like to discard. In this book I've found what I was looking for: de-vilifying of food. I don't agree with everything author says but I like that Levinovitz challenges our blind acceptance of "scientific food facts" that are quickly turned into fiction by further research and full disclosures. Levinovitz is "a scholar of religion" so expect plenty of correlations between food and religion, in fact it seems the whole book is based on those connections. That was my biggest problem with it.
PS I just like to say a bit about the "UNpacked Diet" at the end of the book that seem to enrage some readers. If you read to the VERY end of the book, you'll find an interesting and hilarious twist to Alan Levinovits "UNpacked Diet".

May 16, 2017

this author is clearly not a medical provider in the US 2017. Anyone in medicine is well aware that our food system has been, in many cases, hyjacked by big ag., and made dangerous. With skyrocketing rate of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and ahlzheimers, it's clear that "food" has become big profit sugar, salt, and gene distroyed substances that can be eaten safely only in extreme moderation. Selling books based on making claims that seem to run counter to what we know in science will always be popular like Trump and all the other demogogs of alternative facts.

May 15, 2017

If you have problems with eating wheat or gluten then stay away from this book.

I am disappointed at the advice the author gives. I don't mind that he is critical of successful books such as Wheat Belly but I think he is irresponsible in treating a gluten free diet as a fad.

At the end of the book, the author recommends the "Unpacked Diet". Nonsensical information such as being conscious of cash register receipts as they may be coated with bpa which can be absorbed into the skin. Come on!

In the book they mention more than once that gluten is not the enemy. Unfortunately for some of us it is.

Dec 11, 2015

Alan Levinovitz is well qualified to write about the religious and psychological aspects of the current attitudes to food and diet.His book gives a fascinating take, not only on gluten, but a whole range of food bogeys, quackery and dietary supplements.His message is that food should be enjoyed without constant worry and guilt.The section headed The UNpacked Diet at the end, however,lays the blame for current food woes at the door of all the plastics used in packaging and the metal cans.This is believable but good luck with that at the supermarket. Total elimination of these factors from our lives is hardly feasible given the ramifications of big business in the 21st Century.For starters,the days are long gone of milk delivered to the door daily in easily washed reusable glass bottles.

Jun 21, 2015

A very well written, and informative book that looks not only at the Gluten scare, but the MSG one as well. The author definitely did a good job in his research, and presents the reader with a excellent piece of work.


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