Death by Food Pyramid by Denise Minger

Death by Food Pyramid

Warning: Shock and outrage will grip you as you dive into this one-of-a-kind expose. Shoddy science, sketchy politics and shady special interests have shaped American Dietary recommendations and destroyed our nation s health over recent decades. The phrase Death by Food Pyramid isn t shock-value sensationalism, but the tragic consequence of simply doing what we have been told to do by our own government and giant food profiteers in pursuit of hea...

Details Death by Food Pyramid

TitleDeath by Food Pyramid
Release DateJan 1st, 2014
PublisherPrimal Nutrition, Inc.
GenreHealth, Nonfiction, Food and Drink, Food, Nutrition, Science

Reviews Death by Food Pyramid

  • Sam Torode
    "Death by Food Pyramid" is both educative and entertaining.I remember being taught the Food Pyramid around the time it first came out, in my 8th-grade "home ec" class. While learning essential adult skills like keeping a budget and baking cookies, we had to keep a food diary, and I scored points by eating PB & J sandwiches and Combos every day at lunch. Bread was the most essential food, jelly counted as fruit, and Combos satisfied the requiremen...
  • Renée
    The majority of the food industry debacle is covered in better detail in a shorter chapter of a university course by Dr T Colin Campbell, hilariously. Ms Minger is a writing/English graduate and it shows - her writing is entertaining and it pulls you in... but her grasp of statistics and interpreting other elements of science falls short. I'm all for proving The Man wrong, which is why I read things outside my plant-based scope. I don't agree who...
  • Crystal Starr Light
    The Food Pyramid was constructed under some suspicious circumstances. The meat and dairy lobbies both were upset by their location near the top, near the vile "fats and oils", the ones that had been vilified since Ancel Keys did his infamous Seven Countries Study. There was a lack of clarity of what a "grain" could be defined as - was it whole grain bread or could Pop Tarts fit in that category? And if Pop Tarts could be grains, why wasn't cream ...
  • Randy
    Unencumbered with advanced degrees and reeling from a bad experience with a raw vegan diet, food blogger and investigator Denise Minger set out to explore “How shoddy science, sketchy politics and shady special interests ruined your health.”It’s an impressive investigation and, often, a fun read, though Ms. Minger’s takedown of raw veganism in the beginning of the book set the wrong tone for me and took me longer to get into her work than...
  • Lena
    Denise Minger was a teenager when she discovered an online community extolling the virtues of raw food veganism. Based on the advice on these seemingly scientific websites, she radically revamped her diet and began to experience boundless energy and the disappearance of many chronic problems, including severe acne. She remained a dedicated convert for many months, until a dental visit revealed the lack of fat in her diet had caused major damage t...
  • Becky
    While I'm not so patiently waiting to read my library's copy of Eat Fat, Get Thin, I decided to read Denise Minger's Death by Food Pyramid. It was quite refreshing after reading Hank Cardello's Stuffed. Here are a few things I loved about Death by Food Pyramid.That the goal of the book was to educate you on how to read, understand, and interpret books (and articles) about health, food, and how the body works on your own. That the goal was NOT tak...
  • Sarah Clement
    I feel conflicted about this book. Denise Minger is a brilliant writer, and in my view her work is better suited to book form than the long blog entries she posts a few times per year. The beginning of this book does a great job of laying out how we got where we are today, and though this has been done before in many books (e.g. Food Politics by Marion Nestle), Minger puts her own spin on it. I thought she was far more balanced than I expected. A...
  • Mark
    This is an excellent book. It isn't your typical diet book or even really a nutrition book.Denise takes you through the history of the creation of the USDA's Food Pyramid. Those recommendations have become the underpinnings of most of the western world's governmental advice on what to eat. How it was created is fascinating. And upsetting. In most countries this is still the orthodoxy and it is leading to more disease, not less (Sweden and Denmark...
  • Justin
    This was a comprehensive and relatively non-biased approach to diet that agreed with much of what I've read. It's lack of bias and detail were commendable though not perfect. My main complaint is that the book could have been more granular and had discussions regarding things like TMAO and mTOR. That being said, this is better than 95% of diet books (although I have read better) and well worthy of a read.
  • Stefani
    An excellent book! Ms Minger has dredged through countless studies (derailed many of their conclusions) and found that there is no one answer. Our bodies, lives and environments are a complicated, intertwined set of variables giving each of our dietary choices a personal impact. Despite the heavy technical material, the writing is superb and engaging; the history is fascinating.Here are my favorite parts of the book."If nothing else, each leg of ...
  • Robin
    If you do even a moderate amount of reading on the topic of food and health, you can quickly become exasperated with the preponderance of belief-systems, each with its own quiver of scientific proofs. As a statistician by trade, I have always been skeptical of many of the studies used in defense of various beliefs, which leaves you wondering what, if anything, you can believe about food. In "Death by Food Pyramid," Denise Minger brings a whole lo...
  • Michelle Lessel
    Veganism is not a diet. Now that that is out of the way, here are my issues. There is no mention of the moralistic and educated motivations of undertaking this LIFESTYLE. Agri-business and animal farming is the largest contributor to environmental degradation. Supporting the production of meat and animal-products supports climate change, the oil industry, GHG etc. Additionally, I have been a vegan for 2 years and have never been healthier. This s...
  • Kerry
    This book was a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. On one hand, the brief history of the Food Pyramid was well-written and interesting, and the overview look of "successful" diets was thought provoking. On the other, the book sometimes took on a patronizing tone. Maybe I was the wrong audience for this book, or perhaps this book failed to nail down the correct one, but I felt condescended to in the chapters about reading scientific papers and...
  • Derek Pankaew
    A well written guide on evidence-based health. The book walks the reader through the basics of a scientific study, common ways studies can be misrepresented, and finally walks the reader through the current state of knowledge around health.
  • Conrad Mason
    A fascinating look through the history of research on food and health and how ideas have been shaped and changed by new science. I really liked the chapter about how to critically analyse research about food.Highly recommended for anyone interested to know about food and health from a subjective and scientific point of view.
  • Martynas
    My takeaways:1) The Health Food Shoppers Study, which followed nearly eleven thousand health-conscious omnivores and vegetarians in the United Kingdom over the course of twenty-four years, found no difference in overall mortality between those who ate meat and those who didn’t.2) If you choose to include legumes, grains, or nuts in your diet, you can neutralize some of their troublesome components and increase mineral availability by first soak...
  • Chris Bartos
    I thought this book was the best, least biased book on nutrition I've ever read. First, it shows you what a sound scientific study looks like. Denise explains what some of the "science-ese" looks like and how to interpret what it means. This chapter alone was enough to give this book a 5 star rating.Second, Denise takes you on a tour of the history of the USDA Food Pyramid. She explains how the USDA was essentially bought by some of the country's...
  • Mike Angelillo
    With the title "Death By Food Pyramid" and a statement such as "Warning: Shock and Outrage Will Grip You As You Dive Into This One-Of-A-Kind Expose" (back cover) I was not expecting the book to unfold as it did.The main strengths of this book are the details on the scientific method and types of studies (Chap 5), tips on how to evaluate your source (Chap 4) the history/politics behinds George McGovern and the Federal Governments intervention into...
  • Samantha Davis
    This book is a bird's-eye view of nutrition as a whole, and presents the history that has led to the current state of nutrition, including the missteps and blunders. It ends with a breakdown of the three most popular diets, and tackles how they can each see many success stories, even though they are so different. What I appreciate is her level-headed presentation of the facts and her frequent admonition to think for yourself - and question everyt...
  • Jennifer
    Of all of the diet books I have read so far (which is a lot compared to most people, but very little compared to those who take the subject of nutrition very seriously), this has been my favorite. Denise Minger's writing is witty without being scathing, and she does a good job of avoiding bias while analyzing various studies. While drawing out some general conclusions about the best foods to eat or avoid, and how the modern diet has contributed t...
  • Ricky Gladney
    Bravo!!! Smart, revealing, unbiased and logical.I have been doing a lot of soul searching lately and this book has brought the vital issues to light, in an increasingly dark nutritional word. We all know what foods are good for us, we just get caught up in what is convenient and sadly cheap. Through the course of reading this book I have really found a new vitality and energy that I haven't had since I was a teenager. For me gluten was a killer. ...
  • Sally
    Contains an interesting history of the development of US government nutrition guidelines and recommendations, showing the economic, political and other biases that have had a stronger influence on their content than citizen health. The author also analyses a number of influential scientific studies on diet. She compares three of the currently popular diets - paleo, Mediterranean and whole food/plant strong - and finds that they all eliminate proc...
  • Warren Benton
    Rating: 3.25Death by food pyramid is an energetic exploration on what went wrong with the food pyramid. Minger starts out talking discussing her own trials with raw veganism as a teenager and how it ruined her teeth. One thing she tries to do throughout the book is help explain and simplify lots of the ideas on foods. This must have been an exhausting undertaking compiling modern and historic ideas on foods and trying to eloquently explain. Parts...
  • Michelle
    I've been reading Denise Minger's blog for a little while. I had been eating a la China Study for a few months, and she about had me convinced. I read most of my way through this book, and think her analysis of the China Study and a few other things are very persuasive. But after criticizing numerous studies, she suddenly winged off into a Weston A Price Foundation paean, fulminating with praise for his "excellent" studies. Um???? She couldn't fi...
  • Gavin
    Some decent info, but I don't think the author does what she says she sets out to do in this book. She discusses tons of studies but claims in the end she will give the reader a clear eating plan going forward. I was left more confused as to what her stance is in the end. Also, the author's husband narrates the audio book. He's the worst narrator I've ever heard. If you're planning on listening to the audiobook, do yourself a favor and don't.
  • Caitlin
    Not a diet book, but a book ABOUT diet, including how we got here and broad suggestions for how to proceed. Unsurprisingly, there is a small handful of things that clearly everyone should NOT eat, but it's up to the individual to figure out what to eat. The history of Western diets and nutrition is also fascinating and gives some insight into why conventional wisdom doesn't seem to be working. I wish she'd done MORE, delved a bit deeper, but what...
  • Stephanie
    Interesting, but not what I expected. Jostling for placement in the food pyramid was in there, but not the entirety of the book. The problems with developing the food pyramid were there, but I hoped it would move on to the newer issues with the newer my plate recommendations. The breakdown of common eating habits was interesting, but more so for someone in the field. I am not shopping around.
  • Tina
    It was really heavy on some science bits.....very USA based....some parts were really quite interesting but I have read better. I think it is just a reference paper with some historical bits.
  • Hannah
    Thoroughly researched and beautifully written explanation how and why diet has changed in this country and the world over the last fifty years or so. Amazing.