The Bottom Line
- An amazing overview of nutritional research.
- The author is a leading researcher with over 40 years experience.
- The ideal diet is presented on one page.
- Not enough help for the reader to make lifestyle changes.
- May be too technical for readers.
- 417 pages.
- Three sections: research, how to eat and politics of food in the United States.
- Hopeful findings about preventing and reversing illness based on scientific research.
Guide Review - The China Study
The great variation in diet throughout China corresponded with the presence of disease. People who ate whole foods and plants had far fewer cases of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and many other illnesses. Dr. Campbell then reviews the nutritional evidence and finds support for his own research results. He also includes a section on the politics of food and nutrition in the United States and how nutritional information is distorted to serve business interest. If you are confused about nutrition, this section provides some explanation as to why there are so many mixed messages about what we should eat.
The book presents epidemiological evidence in a scientific manner with interesting tables to illustrate the points. However, the details of the research may be too technical for some readers. Unfortunately, Dr. Campbell devotes too many pages of the book to the details of research, nutrition and the politics of food and not enough practical advice to assist the reader in making necessary behavioral changes. His “try it for one month” advice clearly does not acknowledge the difficulties many readers may have incorporating a whole foods, primarily vegetarian diet into their lives.