Wednesday, 18 June 2014

The Four Gospels of Nutrition

I find these 4 books on whole food Nutrition to be indispensable, but the funny thing is they all differ from each other in outlook. There is quite some crossover though, and between them they represent aspects of a whole approach to nutrition.

Kitchen Pharmacy
Rose Elliot

Takes a TCM energetic view of foods
Remedial suggestions, e.g. onions for cough, etc
Makes seasonal connections to foods, conditions
Constitutional medicine
Ideal companion to herbal texts

Healing With Whole Foods
Paul Pitchford
Voluminous & complete.
Develops concept of Dietary Transition
Ultimate destination: vegan wholefood diet, although meats are given consideration in text
Primarily Eastern approach, and foods, e.g seaweeds

Nourishing Traditions
Sally Fallon
Based on work of Weston Price
Traditional diets, including meats, full fats, sauces, etc
Excellent theoretical introductory chapters
Whole foods and hearty cooking

Diet & Nutrition
Rudolf Ballentine
Scientific approach
Good analysis of food groups
Much contextual information, e.g. cultural, geographic and economic factors in aetiology of deficiency diseases
Emphasis on Indian foods and spices, within an Ayurvedic context.

By North Utsire

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