Our Top 5 picks on evidence-based books on nutrition and healthy eating
This book maintains its position as one of the best selling food and nutrition books. Michael Greger is an internationally-renowned nutrition expert and physician and has been an influential figure in health and nutrition research for the last decade. In this book, he analyses the fifteen top causes of premature death and explains how certain dietary and lifestyle interventions can prevent – and in some cases – reverse these conditions. The focus, for Dr Greger, is eating a plant-based diet that reduces your risk of developing disease, and he recommends specific foods and eating habits you should implement to treat the most common diseases.
This book is written by Patrick Holford, a leading nutrition expert, who is on a mission to revolutionize healthcare by changing the way we view food. To Patrick, food is fuel and food is medicine – it has the potential to transform your health, boost your immune system, increase your energy levels, prevent disease and even increase your IQ. For all these purposes, the author recommends specific foods to eat and nutrient targets to aim for, to ultimately be as healthy as possible. This book is a great starting point for beginners at the start of their nutrition journey as it covers countless different topics – it really is a ‘bible’!
Michael Pollan is a best selling author of multiple nutrition and behavioural books including “Food Rules and How to Change Your Mind”. It’s important to be clear that Michael Pollan is not a doctor, nor a nutrition expert. However, he is a successful journalist and his work essentially reports on eating trends and the associated health conditions. While this may seem unhelpful, Pollan’s book is interesting and entertaining, offering a simplified recommendation on how to be healthy, summarized in his infamous quote ‘Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.’ He recommends eating habits that will improve your physical and mental health – something that has largely been forgotten in most nutrition books.
Dr Mark Hyman is an authority figure in nutrition. He is an MD with a fascination for nutrition and a desire to cut the BS to help everyone enjoy a healthier life without the stress. In this book, Mark debunks numerous common presumptions and myths in the health industry like milk building bones and eggs raising your cholesterol, with the intention of setting the record straight and to demystify nutrition. As a world-leading nutrition expert, this book is based entirely on science and Mark’s own clinical experience, offering useful analyses of popular topics and insight into the best diet to prevent chronic disease and optimize health.
You may have heard of Dr Colin Campbell – he’s the author of the best selling book and study “The China Study”. Even though “The China Study” has some faulty science (correlation does not equal causation!), Dr Campbell is still a nutrition expert nonetheless. This book, published in 2014, takes a unique approach to nutrition. All food items are complex and are metabolized differently, which Dr Campbell believes is essential to understand before embarking on any health journey. You can’t isolate certain nutrients, you must look at your diet as a whole, and eat wholefoods that are naturally, nutritionally complete. He recommends a plant based wholefood diet.