On a journey to improve your health by eating better? Start by reading these 11 best nutrition books.
There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about what to eat. If you’ve been around long enough you know that eggs and edible fats were demonized as the reason behind obesity epidemic in the 80s and 90s.
And there was plenty of research to show that cholesterol was bad and whole grains were good.
You also know that people now celebrate dietary fat and eat fat-bombs in the name of health. And we have clear evidence that dietary cholesterol can be beneficial and doesn’t necessarily increase the risk of coronary disease.
As the story goes, we removed fat from our foods, replacing it with added sugar. Our waistlines grew alongside the levels of chronic disease overall healthcare costs.
So we are back on the no sugar, high-fat path. Which, in general, is good!
But even that can go too far. Some ketogenic diets recommend such strict carbohydrate restrictions that even raw fruits and vegetables are highly restricted.
So what are we to do?
How are we to know what’s what?
When coca cola and the sugar industry pay for research, the results of certain nutritional studies are questionable at best.
And while I don’t have all the answers, I am at least looking for them in books without funding from large food companies with vested interests.
This collection of books has helped me find new perspectives and highlighted interesting discoveries in health and nutrition. They have a few things in common:
- They look at the cellular science and/or evolutionary history of food and nutrition
- Share creative new perspectives and non-traditional methods
- Are not funded by industries with a conflict of interest
11 best nutrition books (and resources) to find health
Take a look at the list, read a few, and let me know what you think in the comments!
And if you have any other books that you love, tell me in the comments as well. I’d love to read more.
The Second Brain by Michael Gershon
Michael is a researcher who explores the neurological infrastructure of the gut. You’ll learn all sorts of incredible information, like the fact that most of our neurons and serotonin receptors are in the gut. Our gut instinct might be more important than we ever realized.
Eat Dirt by Dr. Josh Axe
In this book, Dr. Axe discusses leaky gut and its origins and impacts on our health. He explores issues with overuse of antibiotics and antimicrobials and our increasingly distant relationship with food.
Deep Nutrition by Catherine Shanahan, M.D and Luke Shanahan
The Shananhans explore modern diets and how they are making us sick. They go into detail on the dangers of industrially produced foods and the effect that processed foods have on our bodies and health. They also share ideas on how to revert that damage by returning to an earlier way of eating.
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
The more we focus on nutrition, the less healthy we become. In this book, Michael seeks a return to more nutritious and healthy lives and a simpler way of eating. #JustEatRealFood
Medical Medium by Anthony William
A spirit guides the medical medium to unique cures to help ill people. While this book isn’t scientific, it has striking parallels to other scientific research, like celery juice’s effect on GERD and offers fresh perspectives for those frustrated with traditional western “cures.” Like I said, I delve into the hippy science sometimes.
Clean by Alejandro Junger and Amely Greeven
Alejandro and Amely promote a holistic approach to clean living, including recommendations on how to detox from toxins that are heavily present in our modern world. They do this through food and other household items like detergents and beauty products.
Cooked by Michael Pollan
Well versed in the realm of food culture, Michael Pollan explores the transition of the modern diet and how modernization could be impacting our health. There’s also an awesome series on Netflix that I highly recommend.
Wheat Belly by William Davis, M.D.
Describes the dangers of modern wheat and the toll it has on our health. Dr. Davis walks through the history of wheat, our ever-changing methods for eating it, symptoms of eating too much wheat, and actionable plans to start feeling better.
A few other informational resources that aren’t actually books
Gut Check: Exploring your MicroBiome course by the University of Colorado on Coursera
Rob Knight’s lab in Boulder Colorado is exploring the gut microbiome and its effects on health and the effect our food and medicine have on the gut bacteria.
They do a great job of breaking down the biology and sharing potential impacts of the microbiome on diseases such as celiac, Crohn’s, and autism.
You can also sign up to participate in the research being done at the American Gut Project!
Sugar Coated Documentary on Netflix
This documentary will blow your mind. It’s incredible how much the sugar industry was able to lobby the government to make unhealthy recommendations for the American people to serve the industry.
That Sugar Film also available on Netflix
How healthy are those healthy foods you’re eating? Not very according to one man’s journey.
Damon tries to eat the amount of sugar that the average Australian eats every day for a few months. The catch is he only eats sugar found in foods labeled as “health” foods.
The astounding amount of sugar in “good-for-you” foods and their negative effect on his body is enough to make anyone read the labels a little more carefully.
I hope you love these resources and learn as much from them as I did!
Let me know of any other books, documentaries or courses you love on nutrition, diet, and health! I’m always interested to hear new research and what people are talking about in the world of food. Just drop a line in the comments below.
Awesome list! I’m in the middle of Quantum Healing right now. There’s a lot of science, it’s seeking to explain the mind-body connection and how our mindset can shape our health. It gets into the practice of Aryuveda (sp) toward the end, which I haven’t gotten to yet. I dabble in the health and nutrition books, and this is a different perspective for me.
That’s great! I find Aryuveda very interesting and it’s been helpful for me personally. I’ll have to read that one soon!! Right now I’m on a deep dive of books about toxins in our every day products