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Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,401 ratings  ·  203 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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Elyse Walters
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
This book definitely made an impact. It remains to be seen what effect it will have, if any. Hence, the no-rating.

In a nutshell: Beans: not as great for you as we’ve been led to believe; dairy: quite harmful; carbs: not needed. Beef/eggs: necessary. Organic, good quality products: almost always the answer!

It’s a quick read, extremely accessible, with lots of thought-provoking nuggets: Dr. Mark Hyman isn’t afraid to get political or environmental, either.

I’ve gone ahead and ordered myself a good
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
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
The answer to the title question is apparently - nothing you can buy! If you don't make it yourself from produce you've grown your self, fish you've caught in the wild, or chickens or cows you've raised on grass then you probably shouldn't eat it.... that's how bad our food supply has gotten. No grains? No dairy? Are we really eating cows that have been fed rejected Skittles? I appreciated the straight forward way Dr. Hyman approached the question of food. However, sometimes I wasn't sure how mu ...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.
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:
Vannessa Anderson
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Food What the Heck Should I Eat opens with an easy challenge to help readers learn how much they know about food.

What I learned

1. Pepsi has learned how to grow and harvest human taste buds in the lab.
2. The sugar industry drives our obesity epidemic.
3. We eat Frankenfoods: factory-made, industrial produced food-like substances that contains transfat, high-fructose corn syrup, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial sweeteners and colors, additives, preservatives, pesticides, antibiotics, new-to-m
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.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
A very disappointing book, I ended up more confused than ever about the healthy diet. The author keeps reminding us that we are supposed to eat like our ancestors, the hunter gatherers before the invention of the great evil the agriculture. Yet we are not living that lifestyle anymore, spending endless hours siting at our desk or on the way to and from places, no do we have the luxury clean air and long sleep. We freed our time and our bodies with the invention of agriculture and now can enjoy d ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was recommended to me by a friend who knows what it is like to struggle with intestinal issues and never quite know which food is the culprit. There is a tremendous amount of scientific research that Dr. Hyman has collected regarding which foods we can eat to help us become healthy again. His diet called "Pegan," a cross between the Paleo and Vegan diets, makes perfect sense to me.
He writes about so many facts about the food industry that are very disturbing....look at any label on jus
Kay Vanatta
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This book contains fairly clear explanations of the types of food we should include in our diets. It's a pretty common sense approach espousing whole real foods. I like that he doesn't exclude whole categories - like dairy or wheat -but explains why one should limit them - and which varieties are easier for our bodies to handle. It's an easy book to read and backs up much of the current real food philosophies.... I gave it a 3 because there isn't much new in it - I kind of felt like it was more ...more
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.
Gloria Zak
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I like the way the book is written: things you should know, what experts got right/got wrong, what are the good foods in a category, which are not so good. My biggest issue is the stress on meat, and no bread/potatoes, etc. I don’t think most people can live on a diet like this for an extended length of time
When he said he worked on the "Fed Up" documentary, I stopped reading. My opinion is based on that.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this; most of it made good sense to me. The reminder that the grain and corn we eat today is very different (thanks to Round-up and GMOs) from the grain our grandparents ate helps me realize how much the food world has changed.
I know I won't follow Dr. Hyman's recommendations right now -- I won't limit my dairy, bean, grain and sugar consumption as much as he suggests. But I am making some changes based on his ideas. I've bought chia seeds. I'm switching over to whole milk, non-sweeten
Martin Lutonsky
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doporučuji nečíst!!! Tedy pokud nechcete vážně začít přemýšlet co máte vlastně na talíři. Autor se zde dopodrobna věnuje jednotlivým potravinám a říká na co je dobré si dát pozor a čemu dávat naopak přednost. Zároveň zmiňuje, že každý z nás je jiný a je dobré si najít v jídle takovou cestu, která nám nejlépe sedí. I to jak tu cestu najít zde najdete.
A na závěr kvizová otázka: Víte co je hlavní přísadou pro to, aby chovná zvířata rychle přibírala? Nechte se překvapit:-)
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.
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
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
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.
Stacy M. Patton
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
I deeply respect Mark Hyman and have been wanting to read his books for quite a while. So when this book came out, I quickly purchased it. Mark Hyman, MD, is the director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He believes we should get to the root of the problem and not just cover up the symptoms with prescription drugs. I truly believe in this too, thus my deep respect for doctors such as Mark Hyman. I also deeply respect him because he is passionate about what he does.

Now abo
Gabriel Perera
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Debbie Boucher
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I make it a point to read one health-related book a year, so when a friend recommended this one, I figured, Why not? My diet could probably use some tweaking. I ordered it through our library's zip books program, and I liked it well enough to order a copy for myself. I plan to do the 10 day detox diet because I feel certain that I eat too much sugar. My favorite snack is a banana and two Ghirardelli 60% dark chocolate pieces. And while this is under 200 calories, it doesn't make a lot of sense a ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This is probably silly but I judge most of the diets out there based on how healthy the author looks. Hymen looks pretty healthy so I read the book. It's definitely comprehensive and is one of those low carb kind of diets with a twist. Hymen says pretty much in a nutshell eat lots of veggies, organic preferably, and use animal as condiments. However when you get to the back of the book where you want to try recipes out, they are mostly meat-based. After reading the book I was expecting to have l ...more
Karen Terney
Interesting, but extreme. I like the idea of eating food made without a lot of processing and additives, but I don’t want to obsess about food everyday or every meal.

My take aways are to buy grain feed meat and don’t make it your primary food, eat organic fruits and veggies, and eat only small amounts of sugar and flour. Water is the best thing to drink. Mainly, I think following any diet too excessively is bad. Eat a variety of food in moderation.
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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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