Name: How Not To Die by Michael Greger, M.D.
Best Features: Extremely informative, wide plethora of sources, academic yet approachable, can skip around
Possible Pitfalls: Long read, info-heavy, controversial
Overall Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ [5/5]
Discussion: This book has changed my life. It has become my favorite book in print, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone that asks me for book ideas. Or even if they don’t ask me for book ideas. 😉
How Not To Die discusses what foods are making us sick, how we can avoid them, and what foods will actually work for us to heal. Dr. Michael Greger does promote an entirely whole foods plant-based (WFPB) diet, but he doesn’t go into Whole Foods Veganism as a movement. If you don’t like Vegans or Veganism, you won’t hear a lot of preaching about what you should do just because the author says so. Nor will you hear anything about animal rights or the environment. Almost anti-activist, Dr. Greger simply cites source after source, academic peer-reviewed study after study of nutritional information for your cross-referencing pleasure. Sometimes six references in a single sentence. Pure factual information.
An easy read, with plenty of science to back it up, I wholeheartedly recommend How Not To Die to everyone. No wonder it has five stars with over 2k reviews on Amazon.