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Catherine Price ☆ 2 Review

Ning journalist Catherine Price offers a lucid and lively journey through our cherished yet misguided beliefs about vitamins and reveals a straightforward blessedly anxiety free path to enjoyable eating and good heal This is an excellent book which explores the Western obsession with trying to reverse engineer food into pills I'm willing to bet that you or someone you know currently takes a vitamin or supplement Beware snake oil sales are at an all time high The World of Rafael Salas enjoyable Camping Makes Me Happy eating and good heal This is an Idols for Destruction excellent book which The Daughter of Time (Inspector Alan Grant explores the Western obsession with trying to reverse Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum, engineer food into pills I'm willing to bet that you or someone you know currently takes a vitamin or supplement Beware snake oil sales are at an all time high

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Vitamania

Igger picture despite our belief that vitamins are an absolute good and the of them the better vitamins are actually small and surprisingly mysterious pieces of a much larger nutritional puzzle In Vitamania award win The subject of vitamins is one that you do not see being tackled that often nowadays and thus one could leave from the same premise that I previously did that all vitamins must be good for our healthBrilliant pieces of information are being posted as we go along with the reading such as the source of synthetic vitamin D that humans cannot make their own vitamin C and probably most notably being the fact that vitamins as dietary supplements are not reuired to be tested for safety or efficacy before being sold The latter should raise uite a number of uestions by nowThe second half of the book introduces an interesting term phytochemicals In short we are being informed about the vitamins and their synergy when eating whole foods Substances are being shown to be working differently when they are together than they do when they are on their own Researches are still underway and you could probably understand why such a delicate matter is rather slow in showing new results as it is not in the interest of business The Deception of the Emerald Ring (Pink Carnation, efficacy before being sold The latter should raise uite a number of uestions by nowThe second half of the book introduces an interesting term phytochemicals In short we are being informed about the vitamins and their synergy when The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, eating whole foods Substances are being shown to be working differently when they are together than they do when they are on their own Researches are still underway and you could probably understand why such a delicate matter is rather slow in showing new results as it is not in the interest of business

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Most of us know nothing about vitamins What's what we think we know is harming both our personal nutrition and our national health By focusing on vitamins at the expense of everything else we've become blind to the b This is an eye opening book about our relationship with vitamins and how their discovery influenced our nutritional thinking over the past 100 years It is a book that covers history science politics marketing and misinformation surrounding the vitamin and supplement industryAuthor Catherine Price begins with the history of vitamins how they were named their discovery and the diseases that result from vitamin deficiencies She then details the political and regulatory battles in the US between the vitamin industry and the Food and Drug Administration FDA and covers important pieces of legislation regarding the minimal regulatory oversight of vitamins As price broadens the scope of her book she moves on to the wider supplement industry other plant products and phytochemicals Near the end the author explains the field of nutritional genomics the relationship between nutrition and genes and discusses the current unknowns of nutrition Nutrition is a very complex subject and there’s a lot yet to be figured out about the relationship between nutrition and health This book clearly depicts the extent of this complexity and conveys our lack of knowledge about what exactly vitamins do in our bodies and the difficulty in understanding the synergy between substances found in natural food and imitating this synergy into synthetic pills and supplements Because of this the book will leave you with uestions than answers In an engaging storytelling style the author combines history and science and narrates her encounters and visits to several places including the US Army lab that develops MREs Meals Ready to Eat for soldiers on missions Although I felt the author didn’t dig deep enough into recent science and research this book is a worthwhile and an eye opening read that contains a wealth of information about our understanding of vitamins and how that understanding has unfolded over time


9 thoughts on “Vitamania

  1. says:

    When I first read the description for this book I had mixed expectations For some reason the word vitamin caused red flags to go up in my mind and interestingly enough by the time I finished reading the book actually helped me to establish a better understanding of why that word can have that effect on me and many others For that alone I would consider it a job well done but I found this book full of many other fascinating explorations as wellThe author was smart to start with history because by grounding this book in the past she is able to present much than just a run down of scientific studies and facts which would be pretty dry on their own She is an excellent storyteller humorous when appropriate to the narrative and retains an eye for the big picture Vitamins are tiny things she explores them both on that level and on a global historical oneI love reading about history but I also find nutrition fascinating so the combination of the two kept me picking this book up after I'd set it down While this book is scientific the author gives explanations and reminders at the right times I don't think it would be too deep or confusing for anyone who's taken high school level biology and chemistry We're given stories of the individuals and discoveries that helped to shape our modern understanding of what vitamins are and what they do These help to build the pictures of what the word vitamin means to us in modern times pictures fed by stories of scientists from history vitamin deficiency diseases the history of the FDA synthetic vitamins and the fortification of food the utter lack of regulation in the US supplement industry today and some of the politics involved how food could possibly even affect our genetics and the need to acknowledge just how much we still don't know about vitamins food and nutritionOne of the things I appreciated the most about this book and author was the level headed handling of the subject matter To me vitamins as they are portrayed in media reports and blog posts tend to go hand in hand with alarmism or big drastic health claims That's probably why I'm wary of them in forms besides food that is But Catherine Price manages to side step and even counteract that sort of representation she appears to be a thorough nuanced journalist who's good at asking uestions and not afraid of philosophical ones eitherThis book was fascinating to me not because it made bold drastic earth shattering claims indeed its most applicable conclusion as far as nutrition goes is that whole foods are better which is hardly new information but because it thoroughly explored why it is that our idea of vitamins seems to be so wedded not only to the idea of health in general but to disease prevention to the point of miracles While counteracting this notion with evidence based information the author is not afraid to point out the limitations of our current knowledge and use examples from history about the dangers of arrogance when it comes to figuring out just how food components work in our bodiesShe also gives us a lot to think about when it comes to how we react to health information and how much faith we put in what we read about itFrom the concluding chapter we continue to accept the idea that anything that contains vitamins must be good despite the fact that we viscerally know that marketers are using this assumption to manipulate us into buying their products We don't ask where the synthetic vitamins in these foods come from or why our food supply reuires so much reverse engineering to begin with Instead we allow our capacity for rational thought to be hijacked by a word And despite the fact that than half of us take vitamins as pills and nearly all of us associate them with health nearly none of us stop to wonder why out of all of the thousands of chemicals in food we revere these particular thirteen why we regard them not just with appreciation but with what often resembles religious faith In the case of religion we put our faith in gods And in nutrition we have vitaminsIn compliance with FTC guidelines I disclose that I received this book for free through GoodReads' First Reads I was not reuired to write a positive review


  2. says:

    This is an eye opening book about our relationship with vitamins and how their discovery influenced our nutritional thinking over the past 100 years It is a book that covers history science politics marketing and misinformation surrounding the vitamin and supplement industryAuthor Catherine Price begins with the history of vitamins how they were named their discovery and the diseases that result from vitamin deficiencies She then details the political and regulatory battles in the US between the vitamin industry and the Food and Drug Administration FDA and covers important pieces of legislation regarding the minimal regulatory oversight of vitamins As price broadens the scope of her book she moves on to the wider supplement industry other plant products and phytochemicals Near the end the author explains the field of nutritional genomics the relationship between nutrition and genes and discusses the current unknowns of nutrition Nutrition is a very complex subject and there’s a lot yet to be figured out about the relationship between nutrition and health This book clearly depicts the extent of this complexity and conveys our lack of knowledge about what exactly vitamins do in our bodies and the difficulty in understanding the synergy between substances found in natural food and imitating this synergy into synthetic pills and supplements Because of this the book will leave you with uestions than answers In an engaging storytelling style the author combines history and science and narrates her encounters and visits to several places including the US Army lab that develops MREs Meals Ready to Eat for soldiers on missions Although I felt the author didn’t dig deep enough into recent science and research this book is a worthwhile and an eye opening read that contains a wealth of information about our understanding of vitamins and how that understanding has unfolded over time


  3. says:

    Got this from FirstReads for an honest reviewI really enjoyed this well researched and well written book by Catherine Price If you're looking for some amazing nutritional advice that will change your world and save your life this isn't it Her advice is don't isolate your micronutrients eat real food not processed Not exactly new advice But that wasn't what she set out to doPrice answers a lot of basic uestions about vitamins What are these things? What do they do for us? How were they discovered? How do they show up in our lives now in our foods and elsewhere? She also takes a few chapters to take a look at the supplement industry an industry she claims rightfully so I think the very idea of vitamins gave birth to Without the idea of micronutrients that do unexpected things for our health the supplement industry wouldn't exist But she takes the time to explain that the supplement industry is unregulated for the most part examine the political history of why that is how it came to be and the conseuences of the lack of oversight The supplement industry part of this book included details I hadn't known before even though I knew some of the basic facts and I appreciate learning about that historyThe most interesting and new part of the book for me was near the end when Price discusses the unknowns of nutrition as they stand today There's a heck of a lot we don't know She gives some examples of how we know that our knowledge is incomplete which I relished For example an apple's antioxidant activity is far higher than is possible with the antioxidants we've isolated and analyzed from the apple So there's going on there than we know of Whole foods include nutrients molecules and interactions that are still far beyond our understanding We do know that fruits and vegetables and meat are good for us and we know that what they do as whole foods is greater than the sum of the parts we've figured out So we should keep eating whole foods and not rely on pills for our nutritionIn the end it's an easy chatty read with good info even if there are no earth shattering new truths in here Basically Price is telling us that there's a lot we don't know and we should get comfortable with our uncertainty and not pretend that we have it all figured out and take our pills Good central thesis reasonable arguments


  4. says:

    Vitamins are so simple take a multivitamin once a day and forget about it If you're happy with that no brainer regimen then don't read Vitamania Whether you swear by supplements or are a supplement skeptic you are bound to learn a lot from this bookVitamania reminded me of Pandora's Lunchbox in its disarmingly conversational style while digging up all the dirt on processed foods But don't get the idea that Catherine Price isn't keeping her eye on the story she has done the research the interviews the follow ups and you come away realizing that we know an awful lot about vitamins It's we don't know and what we think we know but don't that could be hurting usYou may already know that the Food and Drug Administration is not responsible for certifying the safety of vitamins or supplements which are neither food nor drug There is no federal agency that tests the safety or effectiveness of vitamin supplements Recent news stories reveal that many supplements are incorrectly labeled containing fillers that are not listed on the bottle and containing none of the advertised ingredients While manufacturers are responsible for correctly labeling their products they do not have to ensure the ingredients are effective or even safe And they don't have to warn consumers that their products may interact with prescription and over the counter drugs to diminish the effect of the drug or to cause side effectsWe do know a lot about vitamins and Price has included a history of the discovery of many of the vitamins we know about and has included a handy chart in the appendix that lists the vitamins and their usesBut herre's what else we don't know or know only partially we know how much of each vitamin we need roughly we don't always know if a vitamin that occurs naturally in food acts the same way in our bodies if it is taken synthetically or in combination with other foods Even vitamins in fresh food can differ widely in its absorption rate depending on whether the food is eaten raw or cooked or even if its cooked with water or with oil Vitamania is packed with these kinds of uestions and just as much that we do know Price also has a lot of entertaining and informative encounters with people in the vitamin business One of my favorites was when she visited the US Army lab that develops MREs Meals Ready to Eat Let's just say that the soldiers who eat that stuff deserve a medal of some kind


  5. says:

    First I received an ARC copy of this e book for my enjoyment and review from First To ReadPenguin Random HouseBeing a health care professional RN Nurse Practitioner and long distance runner I found this title intriguing and looked forward to this author's experience and opinionFirst and foremost – I found this author to be very credible not only with her credentials as a nutritionist but also as a Type I diabetic early in life making her very aware of her daily intakes of foodnutrition just to maintain lifeWhat all started as an innocent venture into a health food store in search of something to help her rash of unknown causecure the author was launched into a journey of vitamin supplement regulations A very detailed history of vitamins and their growth in the American food culture ensues along with discussions of why we are fine with vitamin pill supplements no matter what their composition This begins the history of how vitamins have been and continue to be painfully marketed to the consumer throughout historyAs the author so elouently discussed “are we okay with the fact that dietary supplements are not reuired to be tested for safety or efficacy before being sold?” Some are even being spiked with pharmaceutical drugs which we are unaware of “Does it make sense to assume that everything 'natural' is harmless regardless of dose?” Our supermarket shelves are packed with energy enhanced sports drinks and vitamin fortified snacks and do we as consumers really need all this to have a healthier longer life? Can we easily exist on good food to provide vitamins alone without pill supplements? This entire book fascinated me from beginning to end – job so very well done by the author How little we are told as consumers so depend on authors like Catherine Price to keep us informed and thinking


  6. says:

    The subject of vitamins is one that you do not see being tackled that often nowadays and thus one could leave from the same premise that I previously did that all vitamins must be good for our healthBrilliant pieces of information are being posted as we go along with the reading such as the source of synthetic vitamin D that humans cannot make their own vitamin C and probably most notably being the fact that vitamins as dietary supplements are not reuired to be tested for safety or efficacy before being sold The latter should raise uite a number of uestions by nowThe second half of the book introduces an interesting term phytochemicals In short we are being informed about the vitamins and their synergy when eating whole foods Substances are being shown to be working differently when they are together than they do when they are on their own Researches are still underway and you could probably understand why such a delicate matter is rather slow in showing new results as it is not in the interest of business


  7. says:

    This is an excellent book which explores the Western obsession with trying to reverse engineer food into pills I'm willing to bet that you or someone you know currently takes a vitamin or supplement Beware snake oil sales are at an all time high


  8. says:

    It's always fun to read a book that shares your values but this does It brings to light the science of nutrition it's relative immaturity to other sciences and the bastardization of health claims and reports prompted by the magical word


  9. says:

    This book has given me a lot to consider I thought I knew a lot about health and vitamins and now I see there are some things I missed


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