Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman sorts through the conflicting research on food to give us the skinny on what to eat.

Did you know that eating oatmeal actually isn’t a healthy way to start the day? That milk doesn’t build bones, and eggs aren’t the devil?

Even the most health conscious among us have a hard time figuring out what to eat in order to lose weight, stay fit, and improve our health. And who can blame us? When it comes to diet, there’s so much changing and conflicting information flying around that it’s impossible to know where to look for sound advice. And decades of misguided “common sense,” food-industry lobbying, bad science, and corrupt food polices and guidelines have only deepened our crisis of nutritional confusion, leaving us overwhelmed and anxious when we head to the grocery store.

Thankfully, bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman is here to set the record straight. In Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? — his most comprehensive book yet — he takes a close look at every food group and explains what we’ve gotten wrong, revealing which foods nurture our health and which pose a threat. From grains to legumes, meat to dairy, fats to artificial sweeteners, and beyond, Dr. Hyman debunks misconceptions and breaks down the fascinating science in his signature accessible style.

He also explains food’s role as powerful medicine capable of reversing chronic disease and shows how our food system and policies impact the environment, the economy, social justice, and personal health, painting a holistic picture of growing, cooking, and eating food in ways that nourish our bodies and the earth while creating a healthy society. With myth-busting insights, easy-to-understand science, and delicious, wholesome recipes, Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? is a no-nonsense guide to achieving optimal weight and lifelong health.

“Our country faces huge challenges. Every Citizen must be healthy, creative and energetic if we are to adequately address those challenges. With Food, Dr. Mark Hyman has given every American a clear and straightforward field manual on how to get and stay healthy, for themselves and for our country. We must get a little healthier now or the cost of health care will sink our economy in the not too distant future. This practical book could not have come at a better time.”―Congressman Tim Ryan, Ohio, author of The Real Food Revolution

“Just about every time someone leaves the doctor’s office, they are told to exercise and eat well. Sadly, at this point in our collective human history, there is still not wide consensus on how to do either properly. With nutrition in particular, it feels like near daily whiplash. Yesterday coconut oil seemed a panacea, by tomorrow you may hear it causes heart disease. Dr. Mark Hyman, who has diligently dedicated his life to wellness, has a new book that may offer some much-needed relief. Food goes between the lines of nutrition research, providing a clear roadmap for the confused eater.”―Sanjay Gupta, MD

“Dr. Hyman eloquently answers what may well be the most important question we all ask ourselves every day. Food brings the very best in nutritional science to a place of clarity and implementation for everyone.”
–David Perlmutter, MD, author of Grain Brain and Brain Maker

“Mark Hyman knows as much about food and our health as any human being alive. His new book, Food, is an invaluable guide to what we should eat and, perhaps more importantly, what we shouldn’t, to get healthy and stay healthy.”
Gary Taubes, author of The Case Against Sugar

“Finally, a book that puts common sense and integrity back into the discussion about what to eat — despite decades of being fed a steady diet of nonsense by so-called ‘trusted authorities.’ Bravo, Dr. Hyman. this book is good medicine.”―Christiane Northrup, MD

“Food has turned out to be a much more powerful medicine than we were all taught, yet for so many of us, the many different diets available paint a confusing picture. In his new book, Dr. Mark Hyman has provided exactly what we need: an expert analysis, clear-headed description, and effective solution to what the heck we should all be eating to optimize our health and longevity. This may be the most important book you read on this critical topic, and Dr. Hyman is one of the precious few with both the expertise and writing skill to make this information available and digestible.”―Dale Bredesen, MD, author of The End of Alzheimer’s

“In a world of increasing dietary anxiety, Dr. Hyman offers a roadmap to respecting food as medicine.”―Mehmet Oz, MD

“In the diet wars, no battle is more contentious than low-fat vegan versus high-fat paleo. Mark Hyman finds common ground with paleo-vegan (‘Pegan’), a plant-based diet supplemented moderately with animal foods (as ‘condi-meat’). Food offers a delicious recipe for restoring our health, as we care for the planet.”
David Ludwig, MD, PhD, author of Always Hungry?

“Food and the way we produce and consume it is at the center of most of our world’s health, environmental, climate, economic, and even political crises. With his new book, Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?, Mark Hyman, MD, shows us that food is powerful medicine, and it contains information that speaks to our environment and our genes, programming our body with messages of health or illness.”―Deepak Chopra

“Food is at the center of our well-being, and how we get our food is directly connected to the health of our planet. But we’re drowning in bewildering information and advice about what to eat. In his new book, Food, Mark Hyman, MD, breaks down all the science into practical advice about what to eat and what to avoid. This is a manual for how the food we eat can help us thrive.”―Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive

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