How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

Authors: Michael Greger, M.D., Gene Stone

I’m way too busy (or lazy) to verify the quality of the myriad scientific papers and studies referenced throughout this book. I haven’t counted them either, but there are surely hundreds of them. So, instead I’ll just assume that at least half of what I read in this book can be discarded as flimsy. That still leaves the unignorable other half, which is a lot.

My take-away from the book is that a plant-based diet is shown repeatedly in research to improve the quality of human health. In general, I am convinced of this. At the same time, I recognize that there’s an asterisk on much of this because of the challenges inherent in nutrition research.

Personally, since I am a big fan of fruits and veggies, it’s not too hard to make them the bulk of my diet!

If you’re interested in nutrition, I think this book is worth reading. The author definitely unearths some obscure research about different foods and diseases. If you read it and happen to take the time to fact-check his sources, please let me know!

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P.F. Chang’s goes to China. 

Per the WSJ article, so far, it’s going better than Taco Bell’s attempt to break into the Mexico market. “The chain says it isn’t trying for real Chinese cuisine; diners want to know what Americans think Chinese food should taste like” learn more

On the Whole Foods shortages. 

I’ve heard speculation about Amazon’s influence being the source of the recent stock-outs. This convincing article instead lays the blame on a new inventory efficiency campaign that’s working well – maybe too well. learn more

Robot picks 50-item grocery order in 5 minutes. 

“The breakthrough and ones like it could help propel the grocery business into the modern era. The industry wants to make buying food online as simple and commonplace as purchasing clothes or consumer electronics. But fulfilling fresh food orders quickly, reliably and profitably is devilishly hard.” learn more

Startup ClostraBio aims to cure food allergies. 

“ClostraBio … is developing therapeutics which boost this protective microbial barrier function in individuals where it has been compromised. The startup is working to develop a pill in order to administer its treatment, and currently testing for peanut allergies, with potential applications towards other allergens and protection from diseases linked to food allergies, such as eczema, asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).” learn more

How bad science helps shape food ‘facts.’ 

You may have heard one of my rants about the lack of good research on diet and nutrition. The lack of good research makes it easy for bad research to get noticed. Things like statistical “p-hacking” are a real threat to those of us who want to learn truths while avoiding misinformation. learn more

The Future of Food. 

Check out these interesting slides presented by the CEO of Nextfood at the Nordic Next 2017 conference. He shows some interesting data about the market for food, future trends and more. |learn more