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Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  777 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
#1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman sorts through the conflicting research on food to give us the skinny on what to eat.

Did you know that eating oatmeal actually isn't a healthy way to start the day? That milk doesn't build bones, and eggs aren't the devil?

Even the most health conscious among us have a hard time figuring out what to eat in order to lose wei
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
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Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
About a month ago I read Gary Taubes new book called “The Case Against Sugar” where he exposes the facade we have been lead to believe about Sugar. Carbohydrates were increasing - diabetes was increasing- while we went through a the anti-fat period. Sugar-pushing companies were benefitting from the ‘fat-is-bad’ for human consumption....
Taubes set the facts straight! His book is the best comprehensive- up-to -date - well respected and documented in “The Case Against Sugar”. .... a very power
Mar 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Contrary to the author's assertion, this is not an impartial and rational approach to food and eating. His all-or-nothing approach contributes to the escalating eating disorder problem. I was disappointed and appalled when the author recommended a "detox" program in the last part of the book. His application of scientific evidence is unevenly applied. Instead of giving us a simpler, sensible approach to improving our nutritional intake and eating habits, this is just one more of the long line of ...more
Christopher Lawson
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If You Come Across A Strange Sea Vegetable, Eat It!

That’s right--it’s important to eat a wide variety of veggies, especially the odd ones! Forgot those common veggies you see at the market. Instead, “Eat all the strange, weird, and unpopular veggies instead of the boring, all-too-common ones.” If you find some strange sea vegetable from Japan, eat it!

RESEARCH JUST IN: A study too late for the authors to include:
Stanford University/NIH Study of 609 dieters concluded that either a low-fat or a lo
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting read!

Well-researched and well-written, in an easy-to-understand format. However, I do want to caution that the information Hyman presents is as of right now, and I emphasize RIGHT NOW! Nutrition is a science and science is forever changing!

Having said this, Hyman tells us what the researchers / science got right (thus far) about specific groups of foods, what they got wrong, and what they don't know yet. He supports each "argument" with various studies (research) that support his st
Amy Kreydin
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced review copy of Mark Hyman's forthcoming book Food: What The Heck Should I Eat? which I enjoyed a good deal. Full review:
Ms. Awai
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome! I love how it was set up and how it tackled ethical and sustainable issues with each food in addition to health benefits and pitfalls. It is backed by research, explained in a way that does not require you to have an extensive medical background, leaves the reader with no further questions.
When he said he worked on the "Fed Up" documentary, I stopped reading. My opinion is based on that.
Scott County Library System
"The choice of nutritional philosophies is endless these days: we can go vegan; vegetarian; ketogenic; Paleo; fleixarian; pescatarian; Mediterranean; high-fat low-carb; high-carb low-fat; raw; and on and on. Trying to find the best one can be overwhelming." (page 288 Food by Mark Hyman, 2018)

In his new book titled simply Food, Mark Hyman summarizes conflicting diet research from the past few decades and makes recommendations on what you should actually eat. Hyman uses clear language to explain d
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In “Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?” Dr Mark Hyman expertly guides the reader through the many nutrition pitfalls of modern life. Each chapter goes deep into a food group, starting with meat. Nutritional studies are mentioned and meticulously noted. He is as concerned about the environment as he is about human health, so environmental factors pop up in every food chapter, giving weight to the advice to eat better, not just for ourselves, but also for future generations and the health of the pl ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are confused by all the conflicting information about food and what we should eat, then read this. I heard Dr. Hyman on a podcast and decided to read this book and I am so glad I did. He has done an insane amount of research and his advice and guidelines make total sense. The government really did us dirty by promoting a low fat diet back in the 90s and 2000s, telling us that fat and saturated fat and meat would cause heart disease. Guess what? It doesn't. Know what's making America fatte ...more
Donna Markussen
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an exceptional book. Everything you want to know about food, our Food Industry, the way food is grown, the things we should become aware of that may be harming us, even though the label may say "all natural" and other names disguising a food product as healthy. Dr. Hyman breaks it down to a simple science and has plenty of studies to back this information up. Everyone should have this book, and should also be included in nutrition education, as well as medical education. It's time to kno ...more
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, m, non-fic, food
Good for those that believe in removing sugar and processed foods from their diet but don't want or believe in eliminating entire food groups, this book provides good information on the best choices from an health, economic and environmental consideration.
Ariste Egan
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Already being a fairly healthy eater, I'm not sure what I expected from this book . But I know I didn't expect to come away feeling that nothing is safe to eat!
Unless I have access to only grass fed lamb and beef, chickens that run happily around on the farm all day and produce that has never been touched by a chemical, then I'm doomed to eat garbage- literally!
I find that what this book suggests is out of the grasp of most people.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to receive a free copy of this book. I have followed Dr. Hyman's PBS programs in the past and I like his basics for healthy eating. I read the book and enjoyed it. It is very easy to follow.He lays out the simple basics of healthy eating,just eat nature made foods,not man made. He even lists the do not eat foods.His other list and suggestions for the good foods are laid out in order of best choices as well. This is really common sense basics for food choices. Well written,easy to ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you’re someone who wants the WHY behind your nutrition choices - this is the book for you. Dr. Hyman breaks down the science, the research and the business behind what we eat and what’s being sold to us - to help give you a clear picture of what you want to eat to be your healthiest and WHY.

I listened to this on audiobook and I’ll be picking up a hard copy so I can refer back to it often.
Hazel Bright
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What sets this book apart from other books about food is its global perspective: Dr. Hyman describes the environmental impact of each food category he discusses, generally arriving at the conclusion that foods that nourish us best also nourish our spirits and our entire planet. He has a strong focus on the humane treatment of animals, given his life experience as a (former) vegan.

Had I read this book twenty years ago, I could have saved myself a lot of stomach aches and probably thirty pounds.
Kieran Healy
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
SPOILER ALERT: The food puns are really bad in this review. Short review: Well organized, but take info with a grain of salt. Yuk yuk. For the most part this is well organized and the information is parsed out in a digestible way. I personally found the information on oils and grains particularly nutritive. I REALLY liked the chapter on fish, which is something I eat a lot of but am now a far better informed consumer. It also got me to try mackerel, and I learned I liked it!

Some of this is obvio
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: health
"Thanks to bad science, the food lobby, and the junk-food industry's influence on research, Americans have been fed a lot of lies and misinformation about their food."

"The $47 billion a year dairy industry is one of the most influential lobbies on capital hill."

"Congress once declared tomato paste a vegetable, which under the pressure from the biggest pizza maker for schools, the Schwan Food Company, qualified pizza as a healthy food for school lunches."

"Although fruit fiber, vitamins, and nutri
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Terrific information. Not quite a full 5 stars because there were a couple of items missing that I thought should be included. (For example, avocado oil is never mentioned and I think that’s an important one. Kombucha is never mentioned under beverages although he discusses fermented foods. And Brussels sprouts aren’t included on the ranked list of 49 foods based on pesticide use ). However, I’m sure it’s hard to write a book like this that seems comprehensive yet easy to digest without being ov ...more
Jess Macallan
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nutrition-health
I've read most of Dr. Hyman's books and this is my favorite to date. As a nutritionist, I'm frequently asked, "What should I eat? Which diet is best?" This book not only effectively answers those questions, but it also provides solid science and easy recommendations anyone can incorporate. I loved that the book is broken down into food categories and each chapter starts with a true/false quiz. Readers will learn the how and why behind healthy eating without having to worry about the latest fad d ...more
Pamela Evans
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Food and nutrition are complicated. I love food (really, who doesn't?), have some serious food allergies, survived cancer (that was exacerbated by soy consumption), and grew up in a home that overflowed with the latest Prevention-recommended supplements. I want to eat the most healthful foods, but I don't want to pop lots of bizarre foodstuff/supplements. I opened this book with anticipation and trepidation. But I learned something helpful in every chapter. "Food -- What the Heck Should I Eat?" ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dr Hyman employs his own humor by coining the term 'Pegan' Diet (combining the wisdom of various diets such as Paleo and Vegan diets, for example). He structures the book that makes it very easy to follow. It is a very accessible book and contains lots of wisdom. It was heart-warming to read about his experience working with a low-income family of five achieve their respective weight and health goals through the simple act of cooking with fresh ingredients at home. It is hard to believe or under ...more
Jessie Young
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent resource. We always question what is a reliable source in terms of food. Manufacturers sponsor studies so that the outcome is in their favor.... labels lie.... the government says we should eat so many servings of grains everyday... low fat is everywhere. It’s so hard to tell what is correct and what is myth. This book helps answer all those questions of is this ok? Is this bad? How should I eat for optimal health and wellness? How should I view food. Food items are broken down and has ...more
Trace Nichols
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am a follower of Dr. Hyman's practices, philosophies and medicine, so I was already very familiar with the content in this book. That said, it is a great reminder of how to get it right and to take control of your own health by following a lifetime nutritional plan that supports health and longevity. I was a bit taken back by the strong embrace and push toward animal products as an integral and necessary part of that plan. But what he has to say makes sense, not that it will change my attitude ...more
Jacob Bowes
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really good book. It simplifies nutrition and makes it easy to understand while still being comprehensive enough to cover all food groups and food choices. I learnt a lot from this book and have already started implementing some of its idea's.

The only reason why I did not give this book 5 stars has nothing to do with the book itself. Nutrition seems to be controversial at times and new studies seem to contradict old. While this book provides the most up to date information, I'm curio
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
I only gave this book 2 stars, not because it wasn’t good- although the information was very common sense. I admit, I am not the healthiest eater, but I knew almost all the answers to his quizzes. I am better educated to proper eating than I thought, so I didn’t really gain any new knowledge reading this book, hence the two star rating- more for my reference than any negatives towards the book. If you don’t know much about healthy eating, then this book is an easy read and a great place to start ...more
Beth Haynes
Good introduction and presentation of eating on an ancestral platform.
I was looking for one good book to be able to recommend as an introduction to new thinking in nutrition. This book could serve as a place to start.
I'm writing this a couple of months after finishing the book, and reading several others as well. It unfortunately does not stand out in my memory. If I get a chance to take another look - I'll come back and update this review.
Doug Hill
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good information. Dr. Hyman does a nice job highlighting the science that established our food recommendations (food pyramid, low fat diets, etc.) and present more recent science, showing why these are wrong. Food group by food group, he walks through old science, new science, what is wrong, and what the heck should I eat.

As I read this book, I had a lot of 'ugh' moments where I though we were eating well, but clearly have a lot of areas of improvement.
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A good, up-to-date synthesis of a multitude of food science and nutrition information. Reinforced a lot of things I already practice and even though I’m kind of a nut about these things I came away with some new information and ideas. The sections on the different food groups were very well done, but the section on the “pegan diet” and the recipes were not so helpful to me. Still, a thoughtful and approachable book if you care about what you put into your body.
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solid diet information that scientifically based

This book has opened my eyes to the ways government, the food industry & pharmaceutical industry are slowly killing us through their dietary guidelines based on the almighty dollar & not on good, scientific & environmental facts.
A must read for anyone interested in having good health not just weight loss. (Which will happen as a result of eating healthy).
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Mark Hyman, M.D., is the editor in chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most prestigious journal in the field of integrative medicine. After ten years as co-medical director at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, he is now in private practice in Lenox, Massachusetts. He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Ultraprevention. His websites are and www.ultr ...more
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“If we accepted the recommendation of the American Heart Association that we eat less than 5 percent of our calories as saturated fat, we would have to ban breast milk. (It contains a whopping 25 percent of its calories as saturated fat.)” 0 likes
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