WHOLE: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition Review

February 15, 2014 in Reviews

wholeI put Whole on hold at the library so I could learn exactly how nutrients and food work in the body. I wanted to know not simply if something was healthy or not but why.

The “tagline” for Whole is kind of misleading: “What happens when you eat an apple? The answer is vastly more complex than you imagine.” This book actually explains that we can’t know what happens when we eat an apple. The human body is actually vastly more complex than we can ever know – than we need to know.

Nutrition is way too complicated to understand completely. My original question – “Exactly how do nutrients and food work in the body?” – was coming from a reductionist mindset, which is precisely the problem of today’s nutritional logic.

Whole explores concepts of nutritional reductionist paradigms. It discusses how this phenomenon developed, and how and why media and the healthcare system is controlling our nutrition and information.

This definitely wasn’t the read I was expecting. It’s dense and complicated, but stick with it – it’s worth it. Whole, if you let it, will shake you right out of today’s current nutritional paradigm.