A Thumbs Down Book Review
By Stephen T. Sinatra, MD
Review by Sally Fallon
Dr. Sinatra says to forgive yourself and avoid sugar, caffeine, MSG and processed foods–all good advice. But the rest of the book is the same old politically correct story.
Cholesterol comes largely from saturated fats, he says (absolutely wrong) and cholesterol levels above 200 pose a greater risk for heart disease (wrong again.) Saturated coconut and palm oil are frequently used in processed foods, he warns. Which planet is he living on? These healthy fats were pushed out of the food supply years ago by partially hydrogenated vegetable oils—never mentioned by Dr. Sinatra.
He promotes lots of phytate-laden whole grain and soy products; shuns whole milk, butter, cheese and red meats; tells us to remove the skin from chicken (which contains lots of the polyunsaturates he thinks are so good for us); goes after organ meats with a vengeance (which he says are loaded with saturated fats—wrong again); and waffles on eggs.
It’s hard to see how more mistakes could be packed into 317 pages. Don’t waste your money on this book.