With society getting more and more aware of the additives in our food and the chemicals used to create it, people are finding their ways back to organic foods and a “real food” diet. But what exactly is considered “real food” and why is it so important to have a clear understanding of the concept? By reading any one of the following 10 books, you will gain a better understanding of the notion and will be persuaded to incorporate the “real food” philosophy in your life.
1. Real Food: What To Eat And Why by Nina Plank
Follow the personal story of Nina Plank from a childhood based around real food to a misled diet through adulthood then back to real food again. Plank works her way through every food group and explains what foods can be classified as “real” and what is not. This is a great book to begin with as it is primarily about advising the reader on what “real food” actually is.
2. Death By Supermarket: The Fattening, Dumming Down And Poisoning Of America by Nancy Deville
Written in a simple-to-read style that is to the point, this is an eye-opening reading experience. Death By Supermarket is a well-researched informative book that focuses on the rise of obesity, disease, low IQ and depression, and how this is a result of a new form of scientifically developed malnutrition caused by foods and pharmaceuticals that are loaded with chemicals and nutrient dead fillers.
3. The Omnivores Dilemma: A Natural History Of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
This exceptional book explains to the reader where their food actually comes from and how it gets from seed, or from it’s mother, all the way to our plates. The Omnivores Dilemma follows Pollan as he traces his meal from land to table, and the implications that obtaining that meal has on ourselves and the environment. The reader will be astonished by his findings and will be persuaded to start caring more about what they put on their, and their families plates.
4. Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice For Happier Hens, Healthier People And A Better World by Joel Salatin
This is a simple-to-read book with a great sense of humor and straightforward explanation of exactly what is wrong with modern society’s food system. Salatin explains how the reader can bring health back to our bodies and the environment. He discusses how disconnected people are with the land and the people we love. Not just solely about real food, Salatin writes about creating family time and respecting the environment in which we live and where we get our food.
5. The Untold Story Of Milk, Revised And Updated: The History, Politics and Science Of Natures Perfect Food: Raw Milk From Pasture-Fed Cows by Ron Schmid
Schmid unravels the controversial subject of milk and shows readers how raw milk got such a bad reputation, and why selling the product for human consumption is considered illegal in many places. He describes how raw milk is in fact not as dangerous substance to fear as many do.
6. The Hundred-Year Lie: How Food And Medicine Are Destroying Your Health by Randall Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald busts dozens of myths perpetuated by the chemical, pharmaceutical and processed food industries. He aims to shed the light on the problems that face readers due to the chemical onslaught within grocery store shelves and suggests ways in which we can return back to the roots of real food. Not only focused on real food but also on the medicines that we, as modern humans, consume on a daily basis, this is a great read for people aiming to return back to the natural and healthy consumption of real food and medicine.
7. 100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love by Lisa Leake
Leake provides advice to readers for navigating the chemical-filled grocery store and how to make smart decisions on making real food purchases. This book is also an excellent reference for learning how to read the very confusing ingredient labels we all try so feverishly to understand. This book aims at providing readers with simple, family-friendly real food recipes and shows readers just how easy it is to transform your dinner table with real food.
8. Pig Tales: An Omnivores Quest For Sustainable Meat by Barry Estabrook
This is an exceptionally eye-opening book about how pigs are all too often subjected to horrendous living conditions. They suffer through their lives in confined living quarters and squalor, and are somehow “sustained” on drug-fueled diets for just long enough to reach slaughter weight, and killed on mechanised disassembly lines. Estabrook explains how, with successful examples, it is more than possible to raise these gorgeous animals responsibly and respectfully in a way that is good for both producers and consumers. This is a great book for farmers of any meat type and is an eye-opener for lovers of bacon. It shows how “real” meat, should come from “real production”.
9. Food, Genes, and Culture: Eating Right for Your Origins by Gary Nathan
An informative research book that shows how the perfect diet for one individual could be disastrous for another. Nathan delves into the facts behind how our ancestral roots define the types of food and style of eating that is best for each person today. It is an incredible read that makes the reader stop and think about their history and ancestors, and makes them realise how one person can be so disastrously affected by lactose intolerance while another is capable of eating copious amounts of olive oil without it giving them stomach cramps! This book incorporates the notion of a “real food” diet with science and genetics to allow readers to compose and understand individualised real food diets that just might save your life.
10. Eat Real Food: An Explanation Of Why Diets Don’t Work And A Provides A Focus On What Does by David Gillespie
Gillespie’s book is an evidence-based scientific account that explains the true reasons behind modern day ill health and the ever increasing rate weight gain around the world. It provides readers with advice on how to read those tricky food labels that we all swear are purposely incoherent. In addition, Eat Real Food includes easy to recreate recipes that replace common processed items and meal plans to show readers just how simple it is to transform your diet into a healthy “real food” lifestyle. This is a great reference book that teaches readers how simple it is to shop, plan and cook real food.
Are you a food lover, or just someone trying to do right by your family at dinner time? Why not have a read of one of these 10 books? You might decide that real food, is the only food to eat.
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