Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Foodby Published 14 Nov 2008
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Deep Nutrition illustrates how our ancestors used nourishment to sculpt their anatomy, engineering bodies of extraordinary health and beauty. The length of our limbs, the shape of our eyes, and the proper function of our organs are all gifts of our ancestor's collective culinary wisdom. Citing the foods of traditional cultures from the Ancient Egyptians and the Maasai to the Japanese and the French, the Shanahans identify four food categories all the world's healthiest diets have in common, the Four Pillars of World Cuisine.
Using the latest research in physiology and genetics, Dr. Shanahan explains why your family's health depends on eating these foods. In a world of competing nutritional ideologies, Deep Nutrition gives us the full picture, empowering us to take control of our destiny in ways we might never have imagined.
Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food Reviews
Easily the most important book I've ever read, and as a UC Berkeley English major, former bookseller & former vegan - that's saying a lot. I wanted to run out and buy this for everyone I know. My boyfriend (a personal trainer) began eating according to the Four Pillars and his seasonal allergies DISAPPEARED. We couldn't believe it. This book kindly (and gently) showed me that everything I'd studied about nutrition and weight loss was wrong. Dead wrong (pun intended). As a health writer, I take that pretty seriously. A must-read for anyone with a body!
I liked the epigenetics part of the book - it almost made me put down my Christmas cookie to save my unborn children a lifetime of braces, poor stature and eyes too close together. Yes, I'm being a bit facetious - I truly enjoyed the connection of dentition to overall health, as a dental student after all. The author jokes with the reader, references her husband by name and talks about her experiences with the Filipinos in Hawaii - it made me feel like I was talking to an older sister or a well educated neighbor, which I liked and appreciated.
My favorite part of the book (besides the copious dentist references, go dentistry! Brush your teeth!) was the discussion about organic food. I never really put two and two together about the phrase: you are what you eat. In that case, you are the crappy grains and poor living conditions that your cow suffered with, you are the antibiotics pumped into the livestock, you are the nutritional deficiencies forced upon the poultry and plants. Vitamin supplements aren't going to cut it, people. It almost made me consider having a garden. I will have my boyfriend tend to the garden instead.
I have one complaint about the book: please reinforce the Four Pillars by their names throughout the book - off the top of my head, I think they are: meat on the bone, sprouted grains (wtf? I am pretty sure my caveman ancestors were not grinding sprouts and making Christmas cookies with them, so how can grains of any sort be in a healthy diet?) and... I can't remember the rest. I think it sounds pretty familiar to the majority of the nutrition plans out there - eat real foods, follow a relative caveman diet (with grains, ugh) and eat organic if at all possible.
At any rate, an interesting read. I'd recommend it to the nerdy types out there who want to read a slightly different perspective on nutrition.
I almost gave this 5 stars but decided that the disagreements I had with it were just big enough to justify the demotion. I was about ready to put it up there with Nutritional and Physical Degeneration and Nourishing Traditions.
The books starts with great information on genetics and how diets turns genes off and on with epigenetic tags. I wished more of the book stuck with this line of information, as that is what I was expecting from the subtitle.
Next the author talks about beauty, mathematics and phi; how when an organism has all the nutrition it needs, genes and mathematics control development. Fascinating, loved it. Then she discusses the Marquardt Mask and the relationship with diet. I googled the BBC program mentioned and was disappointed to learn it was only the author that connected beauty to diet. The BBC program about Marquardt's mathematical beauty was interesting nonetheless.
This is where I have a huge disagreement. Marquardt insists that his mask crosses all cultures and fits on every beautiful face. Shanahan asserts that this is directly related to a traditional diet. I fully agree to a point, poor diets make for undeveloped features, recessed chins, narrow faces, crooked teeth etc... but looking at Dr Weston A Price's photos of all the people he studied, one cannot conclude that they were all undiscovered supermodels. Yes, they all had well formed beautiful faces and superb physique, but I CANNOT imagine some of them as supermodel movie stars. I can think of one culture that is just plain unattractive. The theory doesn't hold water,or broth, as the case may be. I looked up many of the actors/royalty/stars mentioned in the book and others I saw on the internet that have the mask over their face. Most of them had braces!!!! Um... that is the whole message of Weston A Price, having enough nutrition to have optimal body development. It isn't optimal development to need braces and glasses.
The book then goes on to discuss the Four Pillars of World Cuisine. At first I thought I could just skim through it as I have already heard it all on an introductory level. I was pleasantly surprised by her different perspective, insights and additional information. I appreciated her efforts to convince the reader of the seriousness of poor diets like processed foods, bad fats and refined carbs. I LOVED the deeper understanding of lipoproteins and collagen. If possible, I am even more committed to avoid refined carbs and bad fats.
I loved(?) hearing the "rest of the story" of Ancel Keys, the father of the saturated fat-heart theory. His legacy deserves to be drawn and quartered. It is a story of corruption that has resulted in injured lives, suffering and possibly hundreds of thousands of deaths. Her experience with how corrupt the health care system is is just another reminder of the need to tear down and start over. The new foundation should be a healthy dose of education about tradtional diets. The need for non-emergency health care will be almost non-existent.
Ya, this book had the same ol' tired references to manmade global warming, overpopulation and evolution, but those are easy to ignore. Not a problem if you believe in those theories.
She wasn't consistent every time she mentioned soy. It is vital that it is only consumed in fermented form and she only noted fermented soy once. She also promoted raw nuts without neutralizing the phytic acid. If nuts aren't soaked in water and dehydrated (at low temps) the phytic acid stays intact and blocks the absorption of vitamins and minerals. She also doesn't know that there is a vital difference in the molecules of fructose from high fructose corn syrup and the fructose from fruit.
The author makes a HUUUUUUGE mistake in the epilogue, which speaks volumes about her professional education without a classical education. She condemns the "entrepreneurial" mentality as the reason healthcare in the US is in such a sorry mess. There is corruption in healthcare because of CAPITALISM, not because of the entrepreneurial free market. Knowing the difference between capitalism and the free market is the difference between servitude and freedom.
On the whole, I recommend it, just remember the shortcomings and don't beat yourself up if your children aren't supermodels or superstars.
Dr. Cate Shanahan is not only an author but also a board certified family physician who received her BS in biology from Rutgers University and trained in biochemistry and genetics at Cornell University graduate school. Shanahan attended Robert Wood Johnson School medical school before practicing in Hawaii for 10 years, where she studied ethnobotany. Shanahan used her learning experiences and applied it to her book Deep Nutrition: Why your genes need traditional food?. Multiple media outlets such as ESPN, VOGUE, Daily Mail, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Good Morning America have featured Shanahan’s work. Currently, Cate Shanahan consults for the Los Angeles Lakers. Lakers player Kobe Bryant says, “[W]e trust Dr. Cate implicitly. I’ve seen great results from it (Pro Nutrition Program) from when I started doing it last year”. Contributing to Cate’s book, her husband Luke Shanahan has an MFA studying in enology and culinary arts. Cate’s background in biochemistry and Luke’s background in the culinary field come together in their book Deep Nutrition: Why your genes need traditional food? Their backgrounds go hand in hand, complimenting each other making their book as informative for the audience as much as possible.
Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food? emphasizes “deep Whole Foods” that our bodies need to flourish. The book is divided into four pillars; meat on the bone, fermented and sprouted foods, organs, and raw plant and animal products. With those four pillars, Dr. Cate Shanahan delves into the world of health from talking about “second child syndrome” to the benefits of eating raw meat along with providing a lot of scientific evidence. The author herself, has suffered from chronic joint, muscle, and bone problems and uses her experience to relate to us and how we could avoid those problems. Shanahan goes beyond the meaning of “beauty” physically and how eating whole foods potentially can affect the looks of what we reproduce. The author studied ancient primitive populations to explain lifelong health and beauty that is rare in modern society nowadays. Shanahan also explores the study of epigenetics, which is essentially the study of how existing genes can be turned on or off by lifestyle factors like diet. Through the interesting and important information given, readers will reconsider the food choices they make everyday.
The author of Deep Nutrition narrates the book in 1st person. This helps the book by making the story more informative and personal. The tone of this book is informative but also inspirational. All the health information given persuades the audience to try living a healthier lifestyle. For example, the author shares facts about how our ancestors lived longer and stronger than people nowadays. What I found most intriguing was how the author includes how what we put in our bodies can affect the outcome of the future generation physically, mentally, and emotionally. I never really knew that poor food choices can affect our looks. I think that further research was done with this book more than any other health book out there. The author’s purpose of the book is to make us aware of how food really affects not only us, but our future generation (reproduction). I like how throughout the book the author compares our ancestor’s health to our own. Throughout the book the author focuses on four pillars of our health.
Deep Nutrition in my opinion isn’t your typical “health” book that you can pick up anywhere. It provides information you wouldn’t even consider or think of. Overall I think that book was well written, although I wouldn’t mind if the author did further research into how plant based diets work. Aside from that, I think the author should have made the chapters shorter in length and got down to the main point right away. Of course with all the research done, I can understand that it would be hard to simplify all the facts given. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who’s open to learning more about the subject of health and is comfortable reading the biochemistry language she uses. I noticed that Shanahan failed to talk about autoimmune diseases, specifically the common autoimmune disease that causes gluten intolerance. If I’m saying that I like the book and would recommend it to others, that’s a lot coming from me, a vegan. I say that because this book doesn’t really support veganism. In fact it talks about what kind of meat we should be consuming and how it should be cooked. One of the main ideas in this book is “meat on the bone”. I personally like to explore and learn all about different health related ideas; so it didn’t really bother me to read about meat. With that being said, if you are passionate about veganism I would recommend not touching this book as a whole. You can maybe pick at it and read a few chapters at the most.
About the book: Deep Nutrition is about modern diets and how they’re making people sick. These blinks explain the danger of industrially produced food, what it’s doing to our bodies and how we can return to an earlier way of eating that will keep us healthier for years to come.
About the author: Catherine Shanahan, M.D is a certified family physician who has practiced medicine in Hawaii for over a decade after receiving her education at Cornell University and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
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Sugar’s habit-forming qualities aren’t the only problem. It also damages the cells of your brain.
Food companies give sugar lots of confusing names to hide ever larger quantities of this cheap, addictive ingredient in their products, including malt, maltodextrin, sucanat, corn syrup and fructose.
Sprouting or fermenting your ingredients makes them more nutritious.
Sprouting seeds and legumes
As well as sprouting, another healthy approach is to eat fermented foods
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