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  1. 4 out of 5

    Stefi

    What the Health is an informative book with tons of studies on the nature (or rather epidemic) of our health as a nation. After reading several chapters in one sitting, I was left with - well what am I supposed to eat then?! - and lo and behold, recipes appeared at the end! While very informational and antidotal, I will say it's a great companion piece to the actual film...if you had to choose one, I would choose the film, which allows you to see the overarching views of how these studies affect What the Health is an informative book with tons of studies on the nature (or rather epidemic) of our health as a nation. After reading several chapters in one sitting, I was left with - well what am I supposed to eat then?! - and lo and behold, recipes appeared at the end! While very informational and antidotal, I will say it's a great companion piece to the actual film...if you had to choose one, I would choose the film, which allows you to see the overarching views of how these studies affect the population. But overall, a decent companion book with recipes and more knowledge than you'll know what to do with! Thank you #NetGalley and #WhatTheHealth for the free review copy!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Having seen the documentary of the same name, I was interested in reading the book as well. As expected, the information is the same. Diet has a huge impact on our health and in these pages, we find plenty of information and references to support that fact. This is a great accompaniment to the documentary. Thank you to BenBella Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Janis Hill

    I would like to thank BenBella Books for providing me with a free temporary electronic ARC of this book, via Netgalley. Although I required their approval, the decision to read this book is my choice and any reviews given are obligation free. Okay, this review is going to actually be quite short and sweet for me. You see, I watched the documentary What the Health and found a lot of it quite interesting, so was intrigued by the book of the same name. On Netgalley they clearly state that it is a I would like to thank BenBella Books for providing me with a free – temporary – electronic ARC of this book, via Netgalley. Although I required their approval, the decision to read this book is my choice and any reviews given are obligation free. Okay, this review is going to actually be quite short and sweet for me. You see, I watched the documentary ‘What the Health’ and found a lot of it quite interesting, so was intrigued by the book of the same name. On Netgalley they clearly state that it is a companion book to the documentary, so I knew what I was going to be reading. So, no surprise, the book ‘What the Health’ was basically the documentary… in book form. But what I really liked was that in the book, when they are citing specific reports and texts, there are citation numbers you can look up to find the source and look into the original report further – if you so desire. And I really like doing that sort of thing as, being a part-time student myself, I love reading scholarly texts and trying to find a way to use them in my essays to help prove my point. As, you know, there can be quite a bit of wiggle room when it comes to interpreting academic and scholarly texts – and making them fit into your side of the argument. So it was good to be able to follow up on the documents ‘What the Health’ cited so that I could read the originals for myself and weigh up how it matches those quoting it, as well as my own opinions on the subjects explored. What? You’ve just realised I am a book nerd? Noooo – really? Please, where have you been living? :-D Please don’t see my need to fact checking as a sign I didn’t believe or enjoy ‘What the Health’, as this is not the case at all. I mean, yes, I can’t say I agreed 100% with all of it… but it was still a good documentary and companion book. It’s also a good topic to practice your critical thinking on. ;-) The layout, formatting and usual technical stuff was a little clunky and crowded in places, but still easy to read and navigate. And, no, I didn’t get around to trying the recipes in the back, though some looked quite yummy to try. Would I recommend this book to others? I would, but probably only to those who had watched the ‘What the Health’ documentary. I mean, although Netgalley states it is a stand-alone book and as well companion to the documentary, I really feel this book on its own might not grab the reader’s attention as much. As the clunky layout, citations, and length gave it a rather heavy text book feel to it. And I don’t think I would have enjoyed slogging through reading it all if I’d not watched the documentary first. And I do think that those who enjoyed the documentary would really enjoy the book as it gives you all that important and interesting information discussed in the documentary, plus the citations, recipes, etc. Would I buy this book for myself? Perhaps. I mean, I enjoyed the documentary and would love to have this companion book to refer to when talking to people about health, our food choices, etc. But, as I don’t agree with all of what is said, I don’t know if I would want to own it or just want it available via my local library any time I want to look something up. Face it, ‘What the Health’ advocates veganism as the ultimate way to eat… and although I agree that it can be an excellent short term body cleanse, I am an omnivore and fully believe in a high plant based diet that still includes some animals and their products. So it shows me that ‘What the Health’ is not for me. I have nothing against respectful vegans and veganism; it is just not my personal choice. In summary: A good companion book to the documentary of the same name. If you liked the documentary, you should enjoy this too.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christa Maurice

    DNF. Full of loaded language and histrionics. It might have good information, but I can't get past the hypochondria.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vi

    Interesting & well writen, good examples of people who, for health reasons went vegan. Good examples for everyone. Recipes sound good & will be trying some of them.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    My firm wish would be for everyone to read this book! It's an absolute must if you want the truth and to be informative about what is the healthiest way of eating. The movie is a must watch as well!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    Received a copy from Goodreads Giveaways. Well researched with plenty of references. Quite an eye-opener. I will never look at a glass of milk the same way. Does make one stop and thing about what we put in our mouths. I thought it was very well written. Definitely will be looking at more plant based recipes. Will be trying some of the recipes as well as looking for more. I highly recommend. Well worth the read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Charlene

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    Ernesto

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Hernandez

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    Fan Disharoon

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    M

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    denise castillo

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    Madonna

  15. 4 out of 5

    Priya

    This book is full of studies and interviews with doctors and health practitioners on the wide and controversial topic of nutrition i.e. what is good for you and what is not. Have you ever wondered if gluten and dairy are actually bad for you? Have you ever questioned if lean animal protein is actually good for you? Most probably, you have. (All humans have.) This book tries to uncover if any of these nutrition "facts" are based in science. The book was well written and was engaging, despite the This book is full of studies and interviews with doctors and health practitioners on the wide and controversial topic of nutrition i.e. what is good for you and what is not. Have you ever wondered if gluten and dairy are actually bad for you? Have you ever questioned if lean animal protein is actually good for you? Most probably, you have. (All humans have.) This book tries to uncover if any of these nutrition "facts" are based in science. The book was well written and was engaging, despite the authors mentioning a new expert and a new study every other page. There is a documentary to go with the book which I haven't watched. The book ended at about 50% on my Kindle and the next 14% was recipes. After the 64-65% mark, it was notes and bibliography. Just a heads up. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to use food to live a better life. That means everyone. So go ahead and read this one. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Marshall

    I want to start off by saying that I am a huge fan of the WHAT THE HEALTH documentary. I saw it last year in 2017 and it literally changed my life. Needless to say, I was super excited to gain access to this wonderful resource in book form. I immediately learned that the book does not disappoint. However, the one thing I love about the book is the same reason I find it daunting; knowledge overload. I desired an easy to read and follow self-help book in a sense. But when reading it, it feels more I want to start off by saying that I am a huge fan of the WHAT THE HEALTH documentary. I saw it last year in 2017 and it literally changed my life. Needless to say, I was super excited to gain access to this wonderful resource in book form. I immediately learned that the book does not disappoint. However, the one thing I love about the book is the same reason I find it daunting; knowledge overload. I desired an easy to read and follow self-help book in a sense. But when reading it, it feels more like a reference book or encyclopedia. There is a monstrous amount of information provided and it can become overwhelming trying to take it all in. Indeed, all the information is essential and so needed but this is not a book you can read in a few days...not even in a few weeks even. They do an excellent job breaking it all down and you have to just slowly take in the information and marinate on it. Worth every penny.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I started out really excited to read this book. I have taken numerous nutrition classes in high school and read about it frequently. However, this book seemed to go downhill. An exorbitant amount of time is given to bashing chicken. With all the crap people eat, chicken. The author is under the impression that the same diet is best for everyone. I disagree. I went vegan for awhile and also took a multi vitamin as well as b12. I felt terrible on it. I gained weight so quickly and my face broke I started out really excited to read this book. I have taken numerous nutrition classes in high school and read about it frequently. However, this book seemed to go downhill. An exorbitant amount of time is given to bashing chicken. With all the crap people eat, chicken. The author is under the impression that the same diet is best for everyone. I disagree. I went vegan for awhile and also took a multi vitamin as well as b12. I felt terrible on it. I gained weight so quickly and my face broke out and I was lethargic and felt like I was dying. I grew more depressed every day and my anxiety was through the roof. I ate lots of fruit, veggies, beans, seeds, nuts, with some whole grains and tofu. I was not eating crap. It got so bad I was preparing to make an appointment to see about getting on meds for depression. Around that time I thought whatever I will just add meat back. I was too exhausted to continue making meatless meals for me. When I added eggs back to breakfast and chicken for lunch or dinner, something magical happened, I started feeling more like me. My brain was clearer and I was happier. Over time I lost the weight I gained and my skin returned to normal. I realize this is not everyone's experience but it was mine and is worth noting that not every one responds the same. I also was eating my steel oats with fresh berries in the morning instead of usual eggs when pregnant with my third and ended up with gestational diabetes. When I had to go lower carb (around 100 grams a day) I felt worlds better and no longer had blood sugar issues. My body doesn't seem to handle carb loads well at all. Even from healthy carbs. I also just don't trust all of the studies cited. Not all studies are created equal and they are many that are plagued by poor design. I have seen other reputable studies find the exact opposite is true of some of his conclusions. Statistics...people, don't trust them without your own research. They are often used as scare tactics. Pancreatic cancer is referred to and I believe chicken increasing risk by 72%. First off, the risk is only 1% to begin with. But that is the risk of the average person who likely eats meat so say the non meat eaters risk is 0.75%. That would put eating meat up to a risk of less than 1.5% still. Just seeing 72% you may think wow, I'm doomed but it isn't as much of a jump as they make it seem like. I did not check the reliability of the study so whether it is reliable or not, I'm not sure. These things really annoyed me about the book. There were some pluses though. When the author didn't come off as a pushy salesman, it was easy to read and very simplified for readers new to this subject. I would have actually liked more data on the studies to be honest. Also there were at least studies cited. I shudder just thinking of how many authors I have seen state stuff without any kind of resource or study whatsoever. I feel like the author put a lot of work and heart in it but I couldn't recommend it when my own experiences seem to be contrary to some of its important premises.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Helena#bookdreamer

    Thank you Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I thought this book had some good informative information on the issues that plague American made food. The author specifically targets meat, dairy and a little about health care in general. The author reveals that many of these foods are high in toxic chemicals and are a leading cause of cancer, diabetes and other life threatening diseases. This book is clearly written with the intend of pushing the reader to consider a Thank you Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I thought this book had some good informative information on the issues that plague American made food. The author specifically targets meat, dairy and a little about health care in general. The author reveals that many of these foods are high in toxic chemicals and are a leading cause of cancer, diabetes and other life threatening diseases. This book is clearly written with the intend of pushing the reader to consider a plant based diet by emphazing the toxicity of other food. While I agree with many of the points indicated, I felt the author failed to explain that many of the fruits and vegetables grown in the US also carry toxic chemicals due to pesticides and other chemicals added to the plants. Even organically grown plants still carry some kind of pesticide. And then there's GMO that even if you buy non GMO you can never fully be sure your produce was not contaminated. Unfortunately, American grown food has toxins that we can't avoid but that doesn't mean we shouldn't d minimize the things we know in large consumption is hazardous.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Davidme

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gail Rutkowski

  21. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dyane Harwood

    I absolutely loved "What the Health"! The film by the same authors was lifechanging and this book is fantastic as well. (I knew it would be.) I highly, highly recommend reading Andersen and Kuhn's extraordinary book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ky Hondalus

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    Alexis

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    Jamie

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    Patty

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mario Goguen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Terri Feltey

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    Melissa Cheresnick

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Miller

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