Have you ever noticed all the food trends that constantly deem certain foods as "good" or "bad"? How many times do you really dive deep to research the truth or reasoning behind these claims? Okay, maybe a few foodies and health nuts may try, but in general, most people don't have the time to research the newest health do's and don'ts, so it is incredibly difficult to gain a cohesive understanding of how and why ingredients affect us. So what about high-fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, and corn-fed meats? Or what about omega-3's, olive oil, and organic foods? What makes these foods "unhealthy" or "healthy"?
I was recently given the opportunity to read William D. Lassek, M.D. and Steven J.C. Gaulin, Ph.D.'s Why Women Need Fat. As someone who takes the time to learn about healthy food choices, this managed to clear up all my lingering questions about so many foods. Why Women Need Fat is essential for every woman (and man!) in order to understand the reasoning behind so many food myths. For example, major topics in the book include the specific roles that various foods play, how and why diets do not work, and in-depth explanations of which ingredients to stay away from. The information and research in this book present fascinating conclusions to studies about how our bodies react, and can all be easily understood without skimping on the details. Did you know that butter and lard are actually healthier for you than vegetable oils? Or that diets convince your body to gain more weight in the long run? I didn't... until recently.
Aside from the wealth of knowledge provided in explanations, research, and stories, the index contains charts with all the information for easy referral. I decided I must get Why Women Need Fat for every woman I care about. As they say, "knowledge is power", and now I have the power to successfully navigate the American grocery store.
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*this was a compensated review, however the opinions expressed are entirely my own