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The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy

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New York Times bestselling author Dr. Neal Barnard reveals the shocking truth about cheese-the dangerous addiction that is harming your health-and presents a radical program to lose weight and feel great.

We've been told that dairy does a body good, but the truth is that cheese can be dangerous. Loaded with calories, fat, and cholesterol, cheese can make you gain weight a
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Grand Central Life & Style
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Judith Yes, it includes "how," but it's very basic and at the end. The reason to read it is "whether," as in whether to try giving up cheese and why.…moreYes, it includes "how," but it's very basic and at the end. The reason to read it is "whether," as in whether to try giving up cheese and why.(less)

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Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Living in America's Dairyland, this title caught my eye. I wanted to read it, yet I didn't want to read it. I love cheese! Cheese makes everything better! Or so I deluded myself. I always knew cheese wasn't that healthy but now I know just how bad it is for me.

After reading this book, I must sadly cut back on my cheese consumption. I must. No more State Fair cheese curds, no more evening cheese and cracker snack, no extra cheese on my pizza. I don't think I'll completely give up cheese, but I w
debbicat *made of stardust*
I loved it. But, two things...I have done my research and already know cheese is addictive and what it does to the brain. I also know what it does to my middle. And....I am a big fan of Neal Barnard since I participated in a diabetes summit online and heard him speak.

This book is straightforward and easy to read. Cheese has more calories than coke, more salt than potato chips and does ugly things to your waistline. Is cheese fattening? Remember, milk is nature's food for fattening a calf, and t
Paul Duffy
Jul 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is not a book about the surprising addiction of cheese. This is a book about going Vegan. I have no problem with going Vegan, or promoting Veganism, but that's not how this book is positioned. There are also some pretty wild claims in here, like going Vegan will prevent autism.

In general books on nutrition are pretty hard to evaluate, as you're more or less trusting that the author is accurately reporting on the peer-reviewed studies. This book basically says, look, I know everyone is sayi
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plant-based
Ever feel that something is not quite right with your diet, but you don't know what? Two years ago, I adopted a whole food, plant-based (WFPB) diet in hopes that it would help my rheumatoid arthritis. (It did!) What surprised me was that ongoing stomach and digestive problems also disappeared. I thought having constant stomachaches was just a part of life—I hardly even noticed how terrible I felt all the time until they went away.

The culprit? Mostly dairy (I know because when I have it now, the
Jessica Knutson
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Some foods are fattening. Others are addictive. Cheese is both-fattening AND addictive. And that's the problem."

Dr. Bernard's book is excellent! It's very straightforward, easy to understand, but yet written intellectually. His sequencing of information is brilliant, zeroing in on what he's sharing in such an order as to keep the reader connected and interested. His science is air-tight, and yet so refreshing if you've been reading any of the dieting slop that's sold under the guise of "science
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, nutrition
Very good, detailed book on cheese & the effects of cheese on the body. I knew that cheese is not very healthy, but this book helped me remind me why it is unhealthy. There's also a great description on how cheese is made & what suffering happens for it to be made.

If you need a little extra push to stop eating cheese (for example if you decide to go vegan), this is an excellent book to read. I will reread this often.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is not just about the 'dangers' of cheese- it's a very pro-vegan book with little science behind it. Many anecdotes are provided about people who were very sick and were miraculously cured by going vegan. At the end of every anecdote the authors talk about how there's little to no studies about the effect of a vegan diet on diabetes/ infertility/cancer but really, it still cures all that! There's very few studies in the book- which is frustrating because I do believe that eating less c ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: vegan, diet
If you have already given up cheese, you really don't need to read this book unless you want to read it before recommending to others. You may also want a peek at the recipes! If you are contemplating ditching dairy, read this book! You will gain insight into why you are truly addicted to cheese, how the concentrated calories and salt wreak havoc on your body, how the dairy industry, and even the government, manipulate you into eating cheese! I have to admit that I did not finish the chapter abo ...more
~☆~Autumn♥♥☔ Wells
If you read this book you may never want to eat cheese again which I guess is the goal here.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having already given up dairy products, I read this book to expand my scientific understanding of why dairy is an unhealthy dietary choice, and it led me to believe that dairy products should carry warning labels.

There are some compelling fact-based arguments:
* Cheese is far from natural - it is a highly processed food requiring complex procedures to produce.
* Cheese is "loaded with calories, high in sodium, packing more cholesterol than steak, and sprinkled with hormones"
*"cheese fat has more t
May 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed. In fairness, it would be hard to get me to like a book about how bad cheese is. But I've been convinced that there's something to this concept, so I went in open minded. What I found was a little interesting info about how cheese is made and its main ingredient never intended for human consumption and a LOT of information promoting a vegan lifestyle. Not as much scientific backup as I'd hope, and a lot of exaggeration of the scientific support that was there. It was just too ...more
Bridget Vollmer
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wellness
What a great and informative book!

After my son was born with a dairy allergy, I cut out all dairy products from my diet while breastfeeding. I found within a couple of weeks I had lost all my baby weight. I also went in for a yearly physical to have bloodwork. High cholesterol runs in my family and I was not exempt. Lo and behold my blood work came back normal. I eat cheese sparingly, but after reading this book I'm throwing it away. Thanks Dr. Barnard!

Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I sincerely enjoyed this book. No holier-than-thou, extremist, New-agey quips. Just research and solid points for why our bodies can’t process dairy and fat products as well as we cheese-lovers may wish. Very insightful.

Plus, I actually want to make the recipes in the book. How often does that happen? I was expecting recipe upon recipe with tofu and mushroom substitutes, but several of them actually sound both easy and delicious. Will definitely be having a go at making a few.

Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I bought this book after listening to this interview and then THIS interview with Neal Barnard on the Rich Roll podcast. I already knew dairy was making me sick and had been learning about lactose-intolerance, which led me to these podcast episodes.

But the thing is that food is so hard to to understand with all these conflicting sources of information. A few years ago, I read It Starts with Food, which insists that meat is part of a healthy diet but that legumes and all grains are not. I've
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Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
If i was rating this book on the suggestion of giving up the addiction to cheese, i would have had to rate it low but the science really does make sense and so i have rounded up a 3.5 to a 4 star rating.

This book was recommended by my family doctor and after reading through, I will be cutting back on cheese - hard to believe that the amount of cheese on a sandwich equals the saturated fat of 8... yes 8 pieces of bacon!!

. It seems that all the nutrition knowledge from elementary school, highscho
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dr. Neal Bernard's "The Cheese Trap" was a quick read and an interesting one for me, though it clearly fits the "preaching to the choir" paradigm. Bernard corroborates my sense that milk is an unhealthy food: I feel better when I don't include it in my diet; I am fearful of the maternal hormones that milk, of course, includes, since it is produced by a mother; and I am also wary of the dairy industry's use of hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals in milk production. Much of the information in thi ...more
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
Another solid Barnard book with scientific data, ethical messages, and lifestyle suggestions. Uses cheese "addiction" as entry point, but broadens to cover the implications of eating dairy and the dairy-food industry, as well as vegan diets in general. ...more
Will Clemmons
Nov 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Just a very brief search in the author and you find he's a vegan trying to push his agenda through catchy titles. The vegan stereotype just keeps proving accurate ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won't be eating much cheese from now on. ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very informative and easy to read.

Basically guides you through how cheese is made and how it influences our bodies via its hormones and fat and salt content.

I have been having various problems with allergies and irritated skin as well as weight tbh. And this doesn’t claim to be the all-knowing cure. It only claims that cheese is heavily processed and that the reader would benefit from removing this tasty treat from a regular diet—kind of like fast food.

This book also explains how cheese and o
Susan Miller
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book will enlighten readers as to why cheese is addtive and cheese producers know it. Cheese is loaded with fat, approximately 8 times more than a similar weight glass of milk, and very high in salt content, which is added in the production process. Individuals susceptible to diabeties should peruse this book to understand how fat interacts with insulin and how reducing sugar, while it may lower blood presure, does not reduce the risk of diabeties. Also of interest to me, was the marketing ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have been a fan of Dr Barnard for more than a couple of decades and I respect his work and him as a person.

The only bone I have to pick with him is his obsession of no oil whatsoever in your meals, a few olives on the side is just not going to cut it. I do not think a solitary tablespoon of EVOO is a bad thing and enhances an entire pot of stew or soup to perfection. He does not demonize sugar and I think he should - sugar is like crack to many people with binge eating disorder and I would rat
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Let's just say that my biggest problem with going totally plant-based was cheese. Love it, can eat a big, huge chunk of oozing brie in one sitting, have done it many a times. So glad Trader Joe's no longer sells those orange cheese curds in the plastic container that you put in the microwave to get nice and soft and gooey, because I had those for lunch a few times, too. After reading this book, I'll have a much easier time saying 'no' to cheese. If I'm somewhere they serve salad that has sprinkl ...more
Mohammad A
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: health, nutrition
It is another vegan book which is quick and easy to read. I didn't like how they make a big deal of any dairy or anmial products whatsoever. In my opinion vegan is a healthy diet that mankind could survive on, but still without any dairy or animal products it will never be complete.

Acording to the book on vitamin B12,
Unidentified foods from plant sources do not provide vitamin B12. Over a week or two, this presents no problem, but for longer periods, vitamin B12 must be supplemented in the for
Barbara VA
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-read, whole-food
So watching the Forks Over Knives was an interesting video when my husband's Dr suggested in strong terms that we should change his diet to plant based. The ethical ideas of a Plant Based Diet was not in our thoughts. After 40 years married I knew it would take work on both our parts to make it work and we needed to be on the same diet. He is a "Kill it and Grill it, kind of guy and I was not sure if I could do it myself, I wanted to, but there were many temptations, especially in the summer wit ...more
Some useful information regarding how cheese may cause immunity issues and cause weight gain. Listened on audiobook with the author as narrator.
Chris Worthy
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After 2 1/2 years on a whole food, plant-based diet, I get lots of questions from people who want to know what I eat. One of the most common things I hear is "I could never give up cheese." Read this book and you might find that you want to break free of the cheese trap. Plus, the book offers lots of recipes to help you move forward with a healthy vegan diet. I will never go back. Not convinced this is for you? Start by watching Forks Over Knives (it's on Netflix) and reading Prevent and Reverse ...more
Stephanie Vogel
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is just simply terrific! Though vegan for two years, I have been struggling with cheese cravings and this is just what the doctor ordered. It gives the down low of what cheese is, how it's made, what it does your body and the awful environmental and animal treatment that results from the consumption of cheese. Not to mention the recipes definitely look worth trying. Would definitely recommend to anyone who needs the push to say goodbye to cheese! ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a quick, easy read with great action items for eliminating cheese from your diet. I appreciate that he keeps it simple and straightforward for a more popular audience. Eliminating cheese might not solve all of the world's problems, but it's definitely one way we can clean up our diets and the environment and torture fewer animals in the process. ...more
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Neal D. Barnard, M.D., is a nutrition researcher, author, and health advocate. As an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Barnard conducts studies on the role of nutrition in diabetes, obesity, and lipid management, among other health issues. His most recent clinical trial, funded by the National Institutes of Health, established the v ...more

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