This book is a tremendous resource for anyone trying to figure out how diet affects their health. It moves beyond the dogma of the paleo diet to present reasoned, balanced, and scientific explanations for a vast array of topics. For example, Dr. Ballantyne's current views on both legumes and saturated fats reflect the most recent scientific research rather than the general "paleo" consensus. Under the heading "Legumes might not be all bad," Dr. Ballantyne explains that for legumes other than soy and peanuts, "proper cooking of legumes can deactivate the vast majority, if not all, of the antinutrients, so the balance tips in favor of legumes due to their fiber and mineral content." This is a critical point for those struggling to get enough fiber to restore the good, anti-inflammatory bacteria in the microbiome.
When it comes to saturated fat, Dr. Ballantyne also parts ways with many other paleo enthusiasts. This time, in recommending moderation. In a section entitled "the saturated fat controversy," the book notes that "in humans and other animals, a very high intake of saturated fat can also induce endotoxemia" perhaps by increasing toxin-producing bacteria in the gut and/or facilitating the transport of endotoxins across the gut barrier. As I explain in my book The Keystone Approach, there is very good evidence for this phenomenon and it is reason to approach saturated fat with great caution for those with inflammatory diseases.
These are just two examples of the many points on which Dr. Ballantyne goes beyond dogma and popular opinion to really dig into what the latest science shows. All in all, Paleo Principles is a massive tome of information and I can't wait to finish reading it.
- Rebecca Fett, author of The Keystone Approach: Healing Arthritis and Psoriasis by Restoring the Microbiome.
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (7 November 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1628609001
- ISBN-13: 978-1628609004
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 4.3 x 27.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 2.6 Kg
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