Deep Nutrition–A Very Important Book

by Stephen Mills on March 27, 2011

I don’t often dedicate an article to one book recommendation but I’m going to do it today, and maybe more often in the future.  I’m not going to write a book on what this book is about because there are 21 five-star reviews (including mine) that you can read on Amazon if you want more information.  The only other none five-star review was a two-star review that complained about typos and not content.  Interestingly enough I never saw a single error in my book and the author came on and challenged the reviewer to provide examples, which if course didn’t happen.

You can read the reviews and get the book here: Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food

Why You Should Read This Book

Having read the entire book and parts of it more than one time, I think from end to end it is the best general book on why we aren’t eating healthy in modern diets and why even people who think they are eating healthy are probably actually killing themselves.

The book starts out explaining how our genes have been altered by what our parents and grandparents ate.  If I was thinking of having children it would frighten me and make me clean up my act big time.  There is a fascinating section on how our looks are seriously degenerated by our direct ancestors’ diets.  I’ve encountered this before and find it decently convincing but for me it’s pretty much irrelevant.  My development is over and I’m not having any more children.

For me the book shines like the stars when it gets really deep into why what most nutrition experts and the establishment recommend is flat out wrong.  It’s not just wrong but it is damaging your health.  The chapters on sugar and fat metabolism are superb and provide readily understandable descriptions of what really happens inside your body when you eat them.

If you care about your skin and your collagen then this book explains why what you are eating is probably ruining them.  The side-by-side head and neck pictures of two sixty year old men were almost by themselves worth the price of the book.  One is Dr. Dean Ornish a “non-smoking American physician and a well-intention proponent of low-fat, industrialized interpretation of the Mediterranean diet.”  The other is a Himba tribesman who “spent most of his life out in the sun eating a traditional Himba diet composed of 50 to 80 percent animal fat.”  Those pictures are worth way more than a thousand words.  Of course, by themselves they don’t prove anything, but they are a remarkable and visual example of exactly what the author is talking about.

This book was highly motivating to me and I learned from it; for example why you should cook and eat meat on the bone.  If you care about your health you should read this book even if you don’t ultimately agree with it or follow it.  It’s good to challenge your thinking regardless.

For motivation here is a quote from an entirely different book and that has nothing to do with this book or its material.  I use it because I think it is just a wonderful reason to care about what you put into your body.

For me, I have an amazing wife, four wonderful children, and a new grandson, Elias.  My grandfather was one of the most important people in my whole life.  I was named after him and he was my best friend growing up.  I know important grandparents can be.  The day Elias was born I thought about my grandfather all day long.  I want to be healthy to be able to  love Elias like my grandfather loved me.  When I really think about what’s important to me, no amount of cheeseburgers, sodas, or double-fudge chocolate chip brownies is worth the price of damaging my health and stealing the time I have with my family.

– Dr. Daniel G. Amen, M.D.  Quoted from The Amen Solution: The Brain Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

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NomadicNeill March 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I’ve been eating a paleo / primal style diet for over a year now, basically how are ancestors used to eat before we came up with agriculture. Sounds like it’s the same as this book.

It’s a big movement now with many blogs and books. There are some slight variations in how people approach this way of eating, but it’s broadly the same.

Blogs:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/
http://www.paleohub.com
http://www.freetheanimal.com

Books:

Good Calories, Bad Calories
Why We Get Fat
Paleo Diet
Primal Blueprint
New Evolution Diet
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Brenden Schaaf March 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I’d order it now if it were available on Kindle.

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Andrei March 29, 2011 at 10:42 am

I will probably order it as it has caught my attention now. However, I am very skeptical of the “revolutionary” books, the ones that tell us that all we’ve been taught until now is wrong. I’ll see what it has to say, will maybe post again with my review in a month or so :)
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Andrei May 23, 2011 at 4:51 am

Here I am with an update. Got the book, read from the middle about 30 pages.

Good things – I started looking more carefully for organic food.

Controversial – it rants a bit about “what the rich eat”.. one of the things is foie gras. So I was very happy when I was able to find foie gras made in France. It wasn’t cheap so I know I got the right stuff :)
Anyway, then I did some research and apparently there is a study saying eating foie gras give you some abnormal proteins which can lead to diseases.

I made some quick notes of the links I found: http://quickname.blogspot.com/2011/05/foie-gras.html

I didn’t form my final opinion on the book, but its good to have all sides of the story so for each recommendation I will find I will do some googling as well :)
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Nea | Self Improvement Saga April 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I can’t wait to get my copy from Amazon. Thanks for the recommendation.
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jasmine April 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I’m with you there Andrei….But, I still look for new positive outlooks everyday. Even when it can come from self-help books. I will be looking for this book, and looking forward for new positive influences, and ideas! :)
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terry April 5, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Hi

Thanks so much for the book review.

:)
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van025 May 23, 2011 at 4:15 am

THnks for your book review.You gave so many good reasons that I’m so curious about this and I buy this book now
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