A Thumbs Up Book Review
By Alan L. Watson
Diet Heart Publishing, 2008
Review by Tim Boyd
Cereal Killer takes us on a quick review of how the lipid theory of heart disease began and introduces us to the politically incorrect notables who dared to question it. Among those mentioned are Weston Price himself and his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Gary Taubes (Good Calories, Bad Calories), Kaayla Daniel, PhD (The Whole Soy Story), Dr. Mary Enig (Know Your Fats), Sally Fallon (Nourishing Traditions), Dr. Robert Atkins and Dr. Ron Schmid (The Untold Story of Milk). He even puts in a plug for the Weston A. Price Foundation and realmilk.com. Can’t complain about that.
While Watson addresses the dangers of breakfast cereals that come from an extruder, that specific topic doesn’t cover as many pages in the book as you might expect from the title. He does cite the 1960 University of Michigan study showing that rats survived longer eating cardboard than eating cornflakes. He also points out oddities like Yogurt Burst Cheerios meriting awards from the American Heart Association even though the breakfast cereal is thirty percent sugar.
Cereal Killer does a reasonable job of painting the big picture of the current dietary mess in the U.S. and our irrational fear of saturated fat. However none of this material will be new to an educated member of the Foundation.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Spring 2009.