Joe Schwarcz In An Apple a Day, he’s taken his thorough knowledge of food chemistry, applied it to today’s top food fears, trends, and. Praise. Publishers Weekly ‚ÄúReaders will not need a PhD in chemistry to follow along; Schwarcz wisely limits technical terms to the minimum while adequately. The Hardcover of the An Apple a Day: The Myths, Misconceptions, and Truths about the Foods We Eat by Joe Schwarcz at Barnes & Noble.

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This book is a wonderfully clear, wide-ranging and balanced guide to that research, and to what it really tells us about eating wisely and well. The chapters are of varying quality; some seemed very superficial and didn’t address issues I expected to read about. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It almost reads as though it were originally a series of columns elsewhere, because schwarcx of the smaller sections repeat information.

Schwarcz backs up his recommendations with science. In the opposite corner, you have the Dairy Association and various independent researchers who aople that drinking milk contributes significantly to good health.

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Easy read, short chapters, and good amount of information to take away from it. Feb 01, Louis rated it it was amazing. The chilling revelations about how the subtherapeutic use of antibiotics on farm animals is undermining the therapeutic efficacy of antibiotics in humans is worth the price of the book alone.

So get out there and eat healthy, kiddos! He is a local university professor McGill in Montreal. For people who have to handle the pesticides, yes. One very interesting thing is how something is determined to be a carcinogen.

An Apple a Day: The Myths, Misconceptions and Truths About the Foods We Eat

The chapter that talks about pesticides asks “Would a pesticide-free world be better? The result is both an entertaining revelation of the miracles of science happening in our bodies every time we bite into a morsel of food, and a telling exploration of the myths, claims, and misconceptions surrounding our obsession with diets, nutrition, and appoe.


While I wish there had been a bit more analysis on the recommendations and what could be done it’s just the last chapterthere’s still a lot to take away from it. Vitamin D supplements, though, are ones he recommends, since the recommended daily dose of vitamin D is much higher than one would get from diet alone. An interesting read but not a must read. Add to Cart Add to Cart.

An accessibly-written book that for me, helped to dispel certain mysteries and myths about nutrition and certain foods, although I feel I now need to re-read it to check my facts. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Joe Schwarz explains and outlines myths and misperceptions about food using science and chemistry.

Although he provides interesting anecdotal data, he always follows it up with data from trials and interprets the results for the reader.

Milk contributes to say disease, stroke, breast aa, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, diabetes, allergies, stomach cramps, diarrhea, autism, mucus production and bone fractures!

Schwarcz clearly has it out for self-proclaimed health gurus with questionable degrees and calls out several by name to debunk their crazy claims. Whole grains are also good, as are some spices like turmeric and cinnamon. Anyone who follows the news knows how nutritional headlines are often basic or sensational, but by the Reading this book is like groggily veering your automobile onto the rumble strip along the interstate. I didn’t read far, but the time I spent on this was a waste.

And in these trials, the animals are often given doses hundreds or even thousands greater than are actually found in the foods themselves, making the claims relatively meaningless. The result is both an entertaining revelation of the miracles of science happening in our bodies every time we bite into a morsel of food, and a telling exploration of the myths, claims and misconceptions surrounding our obsession with diets, nutrition and weight.


Some good information when you are looking for something specific. But the underlying information is interesting enough, and presented well enough, that I maintained interest throughout.

Joe far more than most internet sites or fear-mongers. It’s scientific, but a really easy read. Schwarcz takes an implicitly pro-industry stance here, though he backs up most of his arguments with solid evidence.

He also looks at a whole bunch of these dietary recommendations and suggestions, and dispels a bunch of myths on what we should and shouldn’t eat. I heard about this book from a schwqrcz whose author is the wife of a doctor. I thought each nutritional issue was covered well enough in an appropriate amount of pages to give the reader a general sense of the topic. Some of these carcinogens would have to be ingested in quantities that humans are unlikely to ever encounter.

He is a chemist “debunking” every health food claim.

An Apple a Day by Joe Schwarcz

You’d either really enjoy this book, for actually explaining why something can be both good and bad, or get frustrated because you just want a clear answer, damn it! Awesome Book by my jle professor at Mcgill.

uoe You’ll either be comforted that things are not as bad as news reports can make them seem, or get paranoid because you’ll feel like you can’t trust anything. In many chapters there’s too much info on the history of how the myth was created based on different studies and political interests. Dec 28, Pages Buy.

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