The Gluten Lie: And Other Myths About What You Eat

By | February 11, 2017

An incendiary work of science journalism debunking the myths that dominate the American diet and showing readers how to stop feeling guilty and start loving their food again—sure to ignite controversy over our obsession with what it means to eat right.


Gluten. Salt. Sugar. Fat. These are the villains of the American diet—or so a host of doctors and nutritionists would have you believe. But the science is far from settled and we are racing to eliminate wheat and corn syrup from our diets because we’ve been lied to. The truth is that almost all of us can put the buns back on our burgers and be just fine.

Remember when butter was the enemy? Now it’s good for you. You may have lived through times when the Atkins Diet was good, then bad, then good again; you may have wondered why all your friends cut down on salt or went Paleo; and you might even be thinking about cutting out wheat products from your own diet.

For readers suffering from dietary whiplash, The Gluten Lie is the answer. Scientists and physicians know shockingly little about proper nutrition that they didn’t know a thousand years ago, even though Americans spend billions of dollars and countless hours obsessing over “eating right.”

In this groundbreaking work, Alan Levinovitz takes on bestselling physicians and dietitians, exposing the myths behind how we come to believe which foods are good and which are bad—and pointing the way to a truly healthful life, free from anxiety about what we eat.

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Carol Fay on 02/11/2017 at 06:00.

FABULOUS BOOK As a life long “health nut” I read this book with some caution. I have devoured books on health since I was 10 years old and got Gaylor Hauser’s latest book for my birthday. He was the nutrition guru to the stars in about 1951 and I have followed his yogurt and wheat germ for breakfast recommendation ever since then.However, in the 1970’s I was an assistant DA in San Francisco, and handled a big Laetrile case that lasted 10 years. I even wound up…

TheBanshee on 02/11/2017 at 06:17.

The History of Food Demonization Critics of this book point out that the author isn’t an expert in nutrition science. But as the author correctly points out, neither are the authors of Wheat Belly or Grain Brain. I trust my GP, but she is a pulmonologist and if I wanted nutrition advice, I would see a Registered Dietitian at the very least. The fact is that in nutrition science, not a whole lot is settled. The author, however, is an expert on myth-making and mass delusion (here caused by an alarmist media and a gullible…