Monday, January 23, 2012

Book Review: The China Study

What an influential, important book! This book has changed my life in some important ways and I'm glad my father encouraged me to read it (even though I used to roll my eyes when he'd talk about it). It gives convincing evidence of why a whole-foods, plant-based diet is so important in the prevention of disease and in living a long, healthy life. After years of being a skeptic, it convinced me that meat and dairy are not as good as we are led to believe. His experiences with government committees, pharmaceutical companies, the meat and dairy industries, higher education, and the medical field are fascinating and sobering to read about. This book has made me feel empowered and has greatly lessened my fear of getting diseases like cancer. My family and I will be eating much healthier from now on as we progressively cut out meat (we're down to consuming it about three times a week) and lessening our dairy intake. So long, standard American diet.

If you want to learn more about The China Study, go to and/or read this short and interesting New York Times interview with the author that was published a year ago.


Ann Marie said...

I have heard about this book.
I will have to read it sometime.
We have tried to eat less meat ( it is one of my resolutions this year ) and I thought it would be sooo simple! Wrong!
It was fine for me... but my husband ... it is a HUGE change.
He wasn't so excited about it.

I now feel that 3 days a week is good-- but I hope for less in the future. I'm trying to follow the Word of Wisdom. It tells us exactly what is good -- and not good for us!

Donna said...

That's one of the reasons I like and agree so much with what this book teaches. It lines right up with the Word of Wisdom! I think many church members forget about the part of the WoW that says to eat meat sparingly. That applies to us today just as much as it did to the pioneers!

Sarah Laurence said...

Thanks for telling us about this book. Half our meals tend to be Asian inspired with rice as a staple, more veg and less meat. My husband chairs Asian Studies at Bowdoin College and this has been a good influence in our eating life. He's a great cook too.

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

I haven't heard of that book, but it would be interesting to book to read! I've been thinking about cutting back on meet anyhow.

I think I've mentioned this, but I've read that one full-fat serving of dairy a day made a huge positive difference with women who wear trying to get pregnant (not that I am right now). Though since reading that study I've gone a little overboard. Maybe my five daily full-fat servings are not the best for my health.

I may need a dairy intervention. :)

Donna said...

I'm a long-time fan of dairy too, and I don't plan on giving it up! At least, not yet. I may try a gradual reduction with it. I don't eat a ton of dairy but I do like milk and cheese, and I love ice cream in the summer. I probably won't ever give that up completely!

Amelia said...

Very interesting. I'm definitely going to read this.