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Is Butter a Carb?: Unpicking Fact from Fiction in the World of Nutrition

Rosie Saunt, Helen West

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Dietetics & nutrition, Popular medicine & health, Fitness & diet, Health & wholefood cookery

The ultimate myth-busting nutrition bible.

Registered dietitians Rosie Saunt and Helen West are the founders of The Rooted Project, set up to translate the latest research direct to your plate, and make evidence-based nutrition accessible and engaging.

In this book, they explore everything from the danger of anecdotal evidence and unsubstantiated 'facts' about food to the real science behind the nutrients we consume every day. They explain why there's nothing to be feared from fat or carbs, or - for the vast majority of us - the much-maligned gluten, as well as probing the murky depths of the diet industry to explore the latest links between diet culture and weight stigma. They take a deep-dive into gut health, look at the emerging science of the connection between food and mood and examine differences between allergies and intolerances.

This book is both a reference guide and a narrative to relish: it debunks the myths that dominate the food and wellness industry and offers the right tools and knowledge to allow readers to take control of their own health. Evidence-based, body positive and practical, Is Butter a Carb? is the modern must-have nutrition book for everybody interested in food, health and pop science.

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Praise for Is Butter a Carb?: Unpicking Fact from Fiction in the World of Nutrition

  • In a world plagued by fad diets and wellness gurus, Helen and Rosie cut through the fog of foodie misinformation with a refreshingly open and honest, evidence-based approach; translating the geek-speak of academic journals into really fun and engaging read. I learnt so much on every page!

  • A book the world needs. It arms readers with knowledge and crucially, it allows them to enjoy food without the side servings of guilt and anxiety so often served with it.

  • We're living through a wellness crisis right now: what does a 'healthy diet' even mean? Enter, The Rooted Project. From tumeric lattes, to placenta pills; veganism to keto - dieticians Rosie Saunt and Helen West not only provide us with some vital myth-busting, (spoiler alert: sugar doesn't cause cancer), they remove the moral stigma from food and break down the science, to provide easy, accessible evidence-based advice on how to live your healthiest and happiest life.

  • In a world where figuring out what to eat seems to get more confusing by the day, Rosie and Helen are akin to the chill big sisters you need to help you figure out what's what. Their book tackles the topics, trends, and myths that swirl around the world of nutrition with a nuanced and nonjudgmental tone, addressing both micro concepts (wait-does sugar cause acne?) and macro concepts like diet culture, the sustainability of our diets, and what exactly constitutes 'evidence' what talking about nutrition. Eating should not be stressful or dominate your thoughts; Is Butter a Carb is your guide to getting back to eating joyfully, realistically, and nourishingly.

  • Covering everything from fad diets to the modern panic around gluten, [Rosie and Helen] deep-dive into the pseudoscience that surrounds food, and counteract it with the latest clear and easy-to-digest scientific research on various points of contention. A perfect bedtime read for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the diet industry and its many conflicting 'rules'. - Nottingham Post

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