Death by Food Pyramid
How Shoddy Science, Sketchy Politics and Shady Special Interests Have Ruined Our Health

By Denise Minger

Death by Food Pyramid

This book is written in the rare, precious and delightful style of Denise Minger, making the most scientifically rigorous facts easy to follow with her light-hearted humor. It pieces together the story of how we ended up with the food pyramid in the first place and how the low-fat diet ended up reigning supreme in modern nutritional thinking.     

Even though the food pyramid is no longer part of the USDA guidelines, it still is good to know where and how the current nutritional beliefs came about. It exposes how shoddy science, sketchy politics, shady special interests and corporate manipulation in pursuit of health have shaped our eating habits.

If you are not angry at the misguided nutritional advice, then READ THIS BOOK, and you will be outraged at the politics and economics that created our dietary beliefs. The pursuit for the so-called healthy options had nothing to do with nutrition or science, but rather with who could shout the loudest and/or had the deepest pockets. Death by Food Pyramid is a comprehensive eye-opener.

Denise Minger is lighting the way for us to get out of the sheeple mentality and get right into the heart of what matters most about what we are feeding ourselves. If you have always believed what the "authorities" are telling you what is best about how and what to eat, READ THIS BOOK and find out why no one can be trusted with your diet, which should be your responsibility and yours only.  

Denise Minger not only has an entertaining and engaging writing style, but she dares to look over the data and attempts to obtain reasonable conclusions from it. She knows that she isn’t always right, but unlike many authors who attempt of cover themselves with a cloak of infallibility, she always seeks the truth. She treats authors that disagree with her with respect, and appreciate being corrected when she gets it wrong. Overall, Death by Food Pyramid provides tons of good information, challenging discussion, and is fun to read.

The book you don't read won't help

Some of the chapters in Death by Food Pyramid

PART ONE: Shady Politics

  1. Pyramid is the New Paradigm
  2. Design by Committee
  3. Amber Waves of Shame

PART TWO: Slippery Science

  1. Evaluating the Experts
  2. The Hitchhiker's Guide to Nutritional Research
  3. Reopening the Case Against Saturated Fat
  4. Ancel Keys and the Diet-Heart Hypothesis
  5. A Little Town in Massachusetts
  6. PUFA-rama: The Rise of Vegetable Oils
  7. Meet Your Meat
  8. Herbivore's Dilemma

PART THREE: New Geometry

  1. A Future informed by the Past


Regardless of whether you're an omnivore or vegan, research junkie or science-phoebe, health novice or seasoned dieter, Death by Food Pyramid will reform your understanding of nutrition science and inspire you to take your health, and your future, into your own hands.

About the Author

Denise MingerDenise Minger

Denise Minger is a health writer and lecturer with a reputation for aggressively challenging today's leading voices of conventional wisdom. Her meticulously researched critiques decimating USDA guidelines and The China Study-published on her blog, made her a major player in the progressive health community, and a major thorn in the side of both mainstream nutritionists and other health figures promoting flawed dietary dogma.

A precocious academic whiz and autodidact who started college at the age of 16, Denise's own diet-related health problems plunged her, total immersion style, into the world of nutrition research-first in attempt to heal her own body, and then to help others do the same. Denise currently lives a "real food" lifestyle in Portland, Oregon.

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