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The ultimate myth-busting nutrition bible. Registered dietitians Rosie Saunt and Helen West are the founders of The Rooted Project, set up to translate the latest research direct to your plate, and make evidence-based nutrition accessible and engaging.In this book, they explore everything from the danger of anecdotal evidence and unsubstantiated 'facts' about food to th The ultimate myth-busting nutrition bible. Registered dietitians Rosie Saunt and Helen West are the founders of The Rooted Project, set up to translate the latest research direct to your plate, and make evidence-based nutrition accessible and engaging.In this book, they explore everything from the danger of anecdotal evidence and unsubstantiated 'facts' about food to the real science behind the nutrients we consume every day. They explain why there's nothing to be feared from fat or carbs, or - for the vast majority of us - the much-maligned gluten, as well as probing the murky depths of the diet industry to explore the latest links between diet culture and weight stigma. They take a deep-dive into gut health, look at the emerging science of the connection between food and mood and examine differences between allergies and intolerances.This book is both a reference guide and a narrative to relish: it debunks the myths that dominate the food and wellness industry and offers the right tools and knowledge to allow readers to take control of their own health. Evidence-based, body positive and practical, Is Butter a Carb? is the modern must-have nutrition book for everybody interested in food, health and pop science.


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The ultimate myth-busting nutrition bible. Registered dietitians Rosie Saunt and Helen West are the founders of The Rooted Project, set up to translate the latest research direct to your plate, and make evidence-based nutrition accessible and engaging.In this book, they explore everything from the danger of anecdotal evidence and unsubstantiated 'facts' about food to th The ultimate myth-busting nutrition bible. Registered dietitians Rosie Saunt and Helen West are the founders of The Rooted Project, set up to translate the latest research direct to your plate, and make evidence-based nutrition accessible and engaging.In this book, they explore everything from the danger of anecdotal evidence and unsubstantiated 'facts' about food to the real science behind the nutrients we consume every day. They explain why there's nothing to be feared from fat or carbs, or - for the vast majority of us - the much-maligned gluten, as well as probing the murky depths of the diet industry to explore the latest links between diet culture and weight stigma. They take a deep-dive into gut health, look at the emerging science of the connection between food and mood and examine differences between allergies and intolerances.This book is both a reference guide and a narrative to relish: it debunks the myths that dominate the food and wellness industry and offers the right tools and knowledge to allow readers to take control of their own health. Evidence-based, body positive and practical, Is Butter a Carb? is the modern must-have nutrition book for everybody interested in food, health and pop science.

30 review for Is Butter a Carb?: Unpicking Fact from Fiction in the World of Nutrition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chantal

    Must-read for anyone interested in nutrition. There is so much "nutribollocks" out there on the internet, theories and diets that are completely unfounded and not backed up by evidence. This book really breaks down and debunks all of the theories and trends, simplifies eating for those of us who have been confused by the abundance of information (and misinformation) presented in the media and online. It also takes a body positive approach to food and seeks to improve our relationship with it and Must-read for anyone interested in nutrition. There is so much "nutribollocks" out there on the internet, theories and diets that are completely unfounded and not backed up by evidence. This book really breaks down and debunks all of the theories and trends, simplifies eating for those of us who have been confused by the abundance of information (and misinformation) presented in the media and online. It also takes a body positive approach to food and seeks to improve our relationship with it and our bodies. Recommend!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    A really informative approach to nutrition that is based in science. The rational approach debunks the claims made by the wellness brigade.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emily O’Dowd

    Clear, concise, and easily digestible (pun intended), this book is an excellent overview of research to-date in nutrition. The chapters are balanced and non-judgemental, and reflect how good scientific writing should be, while also being very easy to read for someone with a non-scientific background. I flew through it and found it very interesting, and will be going back to different sections any time I have a query. Particularly loved the discussions on weight stigma and contemporary fad-diets!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Philippe

    Very interesting book. Some may sound like common sense, but we know that common sense is often not that common from one person to the next. There is a lot information to understand the basics of food and nutrition, a lot of details on why things are not always what we think, through decades of misunderstandings and incorrect knowledge. This book does not give magic recipes, but solid fundation to understand the science of food and sort through all the fads around. It shows how some diets are base Very interesting book. Some may sound like common sense, but we know that common sense is often not that common from one person to the next. There is a lot information to understand the basics of food and nutrition, a lot of details on why things are not always what we think, through decades of misunderstandings and incorrect knowledge. This book does not give magic recipes, but solid fundation to understand the science of food and sort through all the fads around. It shows how some diets are based on nothing, others on partial facts sometimes twisted beyond any value, and some much more justified, but usually for only some people and never universal. It reminds the basics of eating well which is usually by having a lot of different foods rather than sticking to very few. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. I'll probably keep it handy to come back to some of the information.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Garrod

    I really enjoyed this book! As someone who overthinks about food, diets etc. it was so interesting to read a book that broke down so many aspects of nutrition. I definitely won't remember everything and all the detail but that doesn't mean it wasn't interesting during the read. Some bits I definitely will remember and overall would recommend this book! In my experience nutrition just isn't something that we're taught but end up picking nuggets of information up along the way, so it was great to I really enjoyed this book! As someone who overthinks about food, diets etc. it was so interesting to read a book that broke down so many aspects of nutrition. I definitely won't remember everything and all the detail but that doesn't mean it wasn't interesting during the read. Some bits I definitely will remember and overall would recommend this book! In my experience nutrition just isn't something that we're taught but end up picking nuggets of information up along the way, so it was great to learn the fact from fiction with this and expand my knowledge overall with what was also a really engaging book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Wallace

    This was an incredibly useful book, in the age of fake nutritional advice being freely thrown around on Instagram, this book gives evidence-based advice on all the nutrition myths out there. I like that the author isn't trying to sway you one way or another, they are simply giving you the facts, and also admitting when there isn't enough evidence/trials yet to prove something. I learnt so much about health in such an accessible, easy-to-read way. Highly recommend. This was an incredibly useful book, in the age of fake nutritional advice being freely thrown around on Instagram, this book gives evidence-based advice on all the nutrition myths out there. I like that the author isn't trying to sway you one way or another, they are simply giving you the facts, and also admitting when there isn't enough evidence/trials yet to prove something. I learnt so much about health in such an accessible, easy-to-read way. Highly recommend.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gosia Górnicz

    The best book about nutrition out there First of all this book is so well written that I read it all in 3 days. It explains in the best way possible what nutrition really is about, what science says about it, what's evidence-based and what is not. I learned a lot, also got rid of some fears around certain topics I had and just enjoyed getting back to some things I already knew and learning so much more. Great read I'd recommend to absolutely everyone. The best book about nutrition out there First of all this book is so well written that I read it all in 3 days. It explains in the best way possible what nutrition really is about, what science says about it, what's evidence-based and what is not. I learned a lot, also got rid of some fears around certain topics I had and just enjoyed getting back to some things I already knew and learning so much more. Great read I'd recommend to absolutely everyone.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Easy to understand, science backed nutrition The authors base all their information on scientific evidence, but somehow manage to make the entire book entertaining and easy to read. They explain everything in simple terms but give enough references and new perspectives on things for all of the nutrition nerds wanting to know a little bit more.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Felicity Richards

    Easy to read, but I still learned alot despite feeling like I already had quite a secure base of nutrition knowledge. I especially liked how balanced the book was, and the chapter on Diet Culture and Weight Stigma (although I wish there was more information about Intuitive Eating, even a whole chapter, as I felt this part left me with more questions and wanting to know more practical tips)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A book based on science debunking many mths/trends of popular diets and ways of eating. A good read as most will know navigating around what you should or should not eat to lose weight/ be healthy can be so confusing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This book, part of the health and nutrition book club list has been one of my favourite nutrition books I’ve read. It is written in a friend and honest way by two qualified dietitians and covers the general basics of nutrition. Couldn’t recommend it enough to anyone - nutrition interested or not.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A nutritionist recommended this as a good book on nutrition for non-nutritionists. He wasn't wrong, and there were very interesting parts to the book - however there was more stuff that I already knew than I was expecting. A nutritionist recommended this as a good book on nutrition for non-nutritionists. He wasn't wrong, and there were very interesting parts to the book - however there was more stuff that I already knew than I was expecting.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Burr

    Definitely a book that has chapters that will be more relevant to some readers more than others. An overall positive balanced read which helped to de-myth and provide a strong evidence base throughout. Not abundant in ‘new’ information to me but good to solidify previous reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Phoebe

    At last - a sensible book about nutrition! I loved reading this book. It told the truth, made me laugh and made me realize what I was in danger of forgetting. Food is meant to be enjoyed, not to be seen as something to worry about. Thanks guys.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Very easy to read and for anyone wanting to cut thru the pseudoscience and get a better understanding of nutrition fact from fiction I’d recommend this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hattie Long

    So much good information about nutrition away from all the fads. Highlighted so much here to go back to

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maria Grigoryeva

    Useful and to the point summary to refresh the knowledge about food and nutrition

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mina Pappa

    Fantastic! What we are missing and really needed! Finally some clarity. Highly recommended!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shakeel Mohd

    Simply healthy A very well explanation in a simplified manner of the modern and overall misconceptions and myths of diets and food habits. I recommend this to all out there.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen McG

    I loved this book. Such an interesting, factual and practical book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rosie Doyle

    An interesting read that helped me to pick apart some of my preconceptions about diet culture and bust toxic diet myths. Some of the chapters did seem a bit basic and there were quite a few typos.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Steven Hill

    All pretty generic and common sense

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gabby Humphreys

    This is a bloody lovely book. Essentially it breaks down the science behind food. For example, the difference between sugar vs artificial sweeteners. The reason I like this book is that it does so in a very factual, non-demonising way, and actually promotes healthy eating as in a healthy mindset to eating, rather than “clean” eating which often comes with a side dish of disordered eating. The book was really well researched and structured nicely with chapters for each food type. It provides a gre This is a bloody lovely book. Essentially it breaks down the science behind food. For example, the difference between sugar vs artificial sweeteners. The reason I like this book is that it does so in a very factual, non-demonising way, and actually promotes healthy eating as in a healthy mindset to eating, rather than “clean” eating which often comes with a side dish of disordered eating. The book was really well researched and structured nicely with chapters for each food type. It provides a great overview of the science behind food; promoting the view of seeing food as fuel which is top notch. It also has a section which explains why diets are illogical and don’t work which gave me ✨life✨. Rosie and Helen also got brownie points for a final chapter which breaks down scientific terms and the positives and negatives of different experimental methods. This was very much a brief summary, but from someone in science who spends months and months conducting thorough experiments, this was a delight to see. This might seem a little irrelevant at first, but sadly critical thinking is absolutely crucial in the minefield of diet culture. This importance is explained nicely and clear examples are given (eg. Anecdotal data= This user said “my skin is glowing more than ever before!!” = hard fucking pass). My one negative of the book is that it talks a lot about numbers and breaks down food into its properties. It is not at all pro-diet culture and it promotes a healthy relationship with food, BUT, if you are in a particularly bad mindset with food it may be overwhelming. (@humph_reads)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Diyana Amin

    I’ve been slowly dipping my toes into the world of nutrition and I have to admit that it gets confusing especially when you rely on the internet and everyone has their own unfounded opinion on it. This book is heavily backed up by science and filled with evidence-based advice but the authors still manages to make it entertaining and easy to understand – which I appreciate from someone with zero scientific background. This book exposes all theories and trends presented online and in the media on I’ve been slowly dipping my toes into the world of nutrition and I have to admit that it gets confusing especially when you rely on the internet and everyone has their own unfounded opinion on it. This book is heavily backed up by science and filled with evidence-based advice but the authors still manages to make it entertaining and easy to understand – which I appreciate from someone with zero scientific background. This book exposes all theories and trends presented online and in the media on fad diets and obscure health claims while still being unbiased and not trying to weigh us as readers towards or against certain thoughts. I do find myself having a more relaxed relationship with food as this book puts my mind at ease, and instead practising a balance and flexible approach to eating.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    This book has really helped me shape a healthy perspective on food and nutrition while giving clear, factual information heavily backed by current research. The authors address a huge variety of nutrition-related issues that are current and relevant. I am so glad I read this book, it has truly changed my relationship with eating and understanding of nutrition.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Sato

  27. 4 out of 5

    India

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cat Perrins

  29. 4 out of 5

    Camila Toro

  30. 5 out of 5

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