100 Million Years of Food

100 Million Years of Food

What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today

eBook - 2016
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"Travelling around the world to places as far-flung as Vietnam, Kenya, India, and the US, Stephen Le introduces us to people who are growing, cooking, and eating food using both traditional and modern methods, striving for a sustainable, healthy diet ... Le contends that our ancestral diets provide the best first line of defense in protecting our health and providing a balanced diet. Fast-food diets, as well as strict regimens like paleo or vegan, in effect highjack our biology and ignore the complex nature of our bodies"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250050427
1250050421
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (309 pages)

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callig
Aug 23, 2016

The book wanders through the world and thru his subject, apparently at random, which frustrated me. But there's so much information that it's worth ones patience.
It was for instance, amusing to learn that caloric restriction cuts [only male?] sex drive. [Giggle.]. Having tried caloric restriction i can say it was a big disappointment- i didn't slim, but didn't lose libido either.

His conclusion that the Ornish diet [basically identical to the Okinawa diet] is best [for longevity] seems sensible, if unwelcome [it's bland so it must be good for you!]

He criticizes omega3 oils, zinc, and calcium, which is odd, and apparently a contrarian position. Is he right? I wouldn't know: diet is right up there with religion and politics for contentiousness.

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JLMason
Jul 07, 2016

An interesting read on the always trendy topic of what lifestyle and nutrition choices we can make to live long, healthy lives. Turns out it's not simple: we need to make tradeoffs, it can depend on our heritage, and our choices change as we age. The author's impish humour and fearless gastronomic adventures add to the entertainment. Dancing an Argentinian tango in Vietnam? LOL.

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JHCL
Apr 18, 2016

Fascinating. Some of what is in here you already heard about but this author goes into enough depth that it is not repetition to what most of all already know. A bit 'shopping listy' at times. Well recounted and with anecdotes and personal storytelling added in to what otherwise might not be that interesting a topic.

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