I recently read the book Wheat Belly, controversial as it may be within the Celiac community, and I realized something: it echoed a lot of points in other food books I've read. Namely, pushing for a limit on sugar and carbs, which turn into sugar by your body, and eating less processed and more REAL food.
So I compiled a list of these books along with a few other books on the topic of food that I liked. I think these are all important books that will get you thinking about what exactly you're putting into your body and where it comes from.
7. Spent: End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again by Frank Lipman - While I only gave this book three stars due to lack of money and time to implement the routine the book suggests and a lack of updated website, the points in this book have stuck with me. This was the first book I read that suggested eliminating wheat from your diet, not as a way to lose weight but as a way to give your body back energy. According to this book, we're all so tired because we keep consuming wheat and our bodies, not being equipped to properly digest wheat, expend a lot of energy getting the job done.
6. Wheat Belly by William Davis - I in no way endorse a gluten-free diet as a weight loss diet, but I think there is something to be said about some of the points in this book. Everyone is so concerned with high-fructose corn syrup (more about that later) and eating more whole grains, but it could actually be the whole grains (which are not being grown the way our ancestors grew them years and years ago) that are causing rising rates of diabetes and obesity.
5. I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson - We know too much sugar is no good, and this book/cookbook chronicles one Australian woman's weight gain and subsequent sugar detox (and weight loss) while providing the reader with recipes to do the same at home.
4. The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren, Daniel G. Amen, and Mark Hyman - For a more faith-based approach to food, this book includes healthier recipes and a detox diet plan where you cut out things like dairy and wheat. I recently made the book's chicken primavera bowls to great success!
3. Sugar Nation by Jeff O'Connell (my review 4 stars) - This was the first book I read that linked carbs to sugar. Did you know that upon consumption your body turns carbs into sugar? So you're eating whatever sugar is already in the food and then getting more of it from carbs. This is how the author, a thin and fit man, was diagnosed with pre-diabetes.
2. Gluten Freedom by Alessio Fasano with Susie Flaherty - The definitive book if you've been diagnosed with Celiac disease or have a family member who's been diagnosed. This book debunks all the myths and looks into the scientific facts behind why people might develop Celiac disease or gluten intolerances.
1. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan - The definitive book on food! Parts of it are not for the faint of heart, but if you really want to know where your food comes from (and not all of it comes from a natural source), then you'll want to read this book. It also inspired a little rant that I posted in 2010 about corn and high-fructose corn syrup. Seriously, after reading this book, all I wanted to do was talk to people about corn.