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Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  4,382 ratings  ·  314 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
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Little, Brown Spark
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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
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
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
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
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
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 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
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, non-fic, m, 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.
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.
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.
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: ...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
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Listened to this on audio. It was a great read for my weight watcher journey. Highly recommend you read this one. Learned some things about all the food groups. Remember it's not a diet it's a way of life. Highly recommend you listen or read this one.
Robin Tobin (On the back porch reading)
Perfect audio book to help you navigate though the current food confusion that is out there..... All food groups are included, focusing on what is the most nutritious for your $$$$....
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
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
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.
Val bernard
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most comprehensive and well-researched books on nutrition that I have come across. The author broke each section into food groups making it easy to read and understand. It also allowed me to jump ahead or return to certain sections. It amazes me how much misinformation there is regarding what food is healthy... Snackwells anyone?? How was that even a thing? I will be recommending this book to my patients.
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.
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
Jan 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
John Braine
Have to admit, it’s the great title that lured me in more than anything. The fact that I’ve already read Fat Chance meant that I had already read a lot of the items covered in this book. I already knew that the low fat movement that has dominated the last few decades is based on very bad science. And that sugar is the biggest demon in food, not fat. This fact was repeated over and over. Worth repeating. But quite repetitive when you already know.

I don’t think he’s quite as on point with the sci
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
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book review - Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?

This is really a great book laying out problems and options in our American food consumption system. Dr. Hyman, the author, also lays out the evolutions of some recent and abandoned nutritional strategies over the last several decades.

The book explains the risks today due to factory farms, pesticides and GMOs and other industrial dangers to our food system. It explains how to limit one’s exposure to these problems

To be fair the author also recognize
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books out there!
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
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