Whole : Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, Hardback

Whole : Rethinking the Science of Nutrition Hardback

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New York Times Bestseller What happens when you eat an apple?

The answer is vastly more complex than you imagine. Every apple contains thousands of antioxidants whose names, beyond a few like vitamin C, are unfamiliar to us, and each of these powerful chemicals has the potential to play an important role in supporting our health.

They impact thousands upon thousands of metabolic reactions inside the human body.

But calculating the specific influence of each of these chemicals isn't nearly sufficient to explain the effect of the apple as a whole. Because almost every chemical can affect every other chemical, there is an almost infinite number of possible biological consequences. And that's just from an apple. Nutritional science, long stuck in a reductionist mindset, is at the cusp of a revolution.

The traditional "gold standard" of nutrition research has been to study one chemical at a time in an attempt to determine its particular impact on the human body. These sorts of studies are helpful to food companies trying to prove there is a chemical in milk or pre-packaged dinners that is "good" for us, but they provide little insight into the complexity of what actually happens in our bodies or how those chemicals contribute to our health. In The China Study, T. Colin Campbell (alongside his son, Thomas M. Campbell) revolutionized the way we think about our food with the evidence that a whole food, plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat.

Now, in Whole, he explains the science behind that evidence, the ways our current scientific paradigm ignores the fascinating complexity of the human body, and why, if we have such overwhelming evidence that everything we think we know about nutrition is wrong, our eating habits haven't changed. Whole is an eye-opening, paradigm-changing journey through cutting-edge thinking on nutrition, a scientific tour de force with powerful implications for our health and for our world.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352 pages, black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings, figures
  • Publisher: BenBella Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Diets & dieting
  • ISBN: 9781937856243



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The book is a a sad indictment of the food and medical industries. Will big food be seen in the same light as big tobacco in 20-30 years time? It is such a pity that something as easy and natural as eating a plant-based diet - it really is easy - should be seen as alternative medicine by the medical establishment.

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I wish I could double the stars for this book---a further look at why what we eat determines our health more than anything else that we can do---as an individual, a culture, or as a world. It is incredible how much effort Campbell has expended to promote SEEING the whole elephant --an effective picture he returns to frequently in the book--rather than just the parts, never understanding the WHOLE---YES, you are what you eat. It's almost too easy but at the same time almost impossible given the vast array of competitive but misguided forces out there fighting everything he has said or done to get his solid information out.