The Truth About Food

  • April 6, 2019

Finally there is a book about food and its effects on us based on recent science.

This is the companion piece to a five-part TV series of the same name created in conjunction with Discovery Health. The author, Jill Fullerton-Smith is an award-winning filmmaker and producer of BBC science programming, spent 2 years making the series. She and her team worked with more than 50 nutritionists, doctors and other experts from more than 20 universities, research centers and hospitals in the UK, the US, and Denmark.

Questions like, “why does my best friend eat like a horse and look like a gazelle?, Do carrots really help ones eyesight?, can foods really affect libido?” are answered and the answers proven right there before your eyes.

Why so much confusion around the topic of food? Because there is so much conflicting information and many of us can’t seem to make sense of it. As Ms. Fullerton-Smith writes in the intro, “Understanding complex research can be hard going; experts disagree; journalists speculate; and old myths die hard. It seems the more we know the more we have to worry about, and the less sure we are of the truth.” I say “Amen” to that.

Dr. Mehmet Oz who wrote the forward adds this; “If food were merely fuel, we could consume a simple, tasteless liquid and be on our way, just as we full up our cars with gasoline to keep us on the road. But nothing about food is simple. Even the most basic signals that tell us we are hungry or full are confused by a host of psychological and physiological triggers that often make it difficult for us to identify when we need to eat or-more importantly for most of us-when we need to stop eating.” This statement alone might have some of you singing the hallelujah chorus.

The Truth About Food is written as a series of “How Tos.” How To: be healthy, be slim, feed the kids, be sexy, be the best, and stay young and beautiful. To support their ideas they use great photos, sidebars, and “top tips.” These are the little take away gems that you don’t want to exclude in your new way of eating.

During their two years of experimenting they managed to prove that you can lower cholesterol and blood pressure without drugs, (no surprise there), that calcium does have some chops in the weight loss category, and that most people do not need to drink two litres of water per day to remain health and hydrated. Water haters rejoice!

Think of this book as evidence that “foods are powerful weapons in our fight to stay healthy,” as Dr. Oz puts it. This isn’t a diet book but can be the basis of a new way of eating for weight loss or weight gain for that matter. You will learn why certain foods produce certain results in some and not in others. The writing is engaging and the science is easy to follow.

Pick this book up and I swear you won’t want to put it down. It’s that much fun and encouraged even this avid foodie to look twice at what’s on my plate.

Gregory Anne Cox, a certified life coach, was one of the early female graduates of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and spent 20+ years in the hospitality industry.

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