The Angry Chef: Bad Science and the Truth about Healthy Eating

The Angry Chef: Bad Science and the Truth about Healthy Eating

Anthony Warner / Dec 16, 2019

The Angry Chef Bad Science and the Truth about Healthy Eating The popular understanding of nutrition is clouded by superstitions primitive intuitions conspiracy theories and old wives tales This irreverent and intelligent expose brings sanity and good sense t

  • Title: The Angry Chef: Bad Science and the Truth about Healthy Eating
  • Author: Anthony Warner
  • ISBN: 9781786072160
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Paperback
  • The popular understanding of nutrition is clouded by superstitions, primitive intuitions, conspiracy theories, and old wives tales This irreverent and intelligent expose brings sanity and good sense to one of life s great pleasures Steven Pinker, author of Angels of Our Better NatureNever before have we had so much information available to us about food and health T The popular understanding of nutrition is clouded by superstitions, primitive intuitions, conspiracy theories, and old wives tales This irreverent and intelligent expose brings sanity and good sense to one of life s great pleasures Steven Pinker, author of Angels of Our Better NatureNever before have we had so much information available to us about food and health There s GAPS, paleo, detox, gluten free, alkaline, the sugar conspiracy, clean eating Unfortunately, a lot of it is not only wrong but actually harmful So why do so many of us believe this bad science Assembling a crack team of psychiatrists, behavioural economists, food scientists and dietitians, the Angry Chef unravels the mystery of why sensible, intelligent people are so easily taken in by the latest food fads, making brief detours for an expletive laden rant At the end of it all you ll have the tools to spot pseudoscience for yourself and the Angry Chef will be off for a nice cup of tea and it will have two sugars in it, thank you very much.

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    1. A thoroughly enjoyable, sweary and important read about the poisonous lies we're fed about food. Warner has some scientific background and a passion for food, and also common sense, and he takes on the Gwyneth Paltrow/paleo/clean eating brigades with gusto, attacking the baselessness and pseudoscience of it all, but also the thinly veiled misogyny and fatphobia that lies behind all this. The first half of the book is basically a high octane rant, which is massive fun. The second half delves into [...]

    2. I agree with so much of this book and am in complete favour of anything which aims to debunk nonsensical pseudoscience. I think the problems I had with the book were firstly, the angry, shouty style and 'cute' tics of having 'Science Columbo' probably work better in a blog format, in a full length book it becomes repetitive and annoying quite quickly. Another thing I found grating was the constant 'celeb' bashing (one in particular); now, I never thought there would come a day when I would feel [...]

    3. Нарешті хтось взяв і написав про те, що я давно підозрювала! "Здоровий" підхід до їжі має бути насправді здоровим, у значенні "здорового глузду"! Автор (насправді можна сказати колектив авторів, бо автор у написанні консультувався з багатьма науковцями) зібрав міфи, які розпо [...]

    4. Something in me wants to print this out and it out to everyone who thinks Gluten is bad for them, that potatoes are somehow not good for you and so on. I love debunking nutritional nonsense and as a long time sufferer of eating disorders nothing pisses me off more than someone demonising certain foods. I love this book and I recommend to everyone! a must read.

    5. What a wonderfully well put together piece of genius this is. As a food teacher, I’ve long believed the wisdom held within but never had the nerve to stand up against the trash in the media. Read this, it will seriously open your eyes, and do so in a hugely entertaining manner. It has profanity too!I’ll leave you with this little piece of wisdom“Put down that superfood smoothie, ditch your wellness books, close that clean-eating web page and delete it from your history. Unfollow the wellne [...]

    6. I'll be honest - for the first few chapters I wasn't really into this book. That's because those chapters, barring one or two useful insights, were mostly like blog posts about fad diet and idiot lifestyle gurus, and how they're wrong: a fact that most readers of books like this will already know. So it felt sort of like we're patting each other on the back about how clever we are to not fall for such idiot tricks. I only started getting into this book in chapter 12 (A History of Quackery), and [...]

    7. I am convinced of several points in this book. Anyway, I think potatoes do have some disadvantage; They have a very high GI index, as high as glucoses.

    8. Post-truth, the food version. In this book, the Angry Chef explores a lot of the food myths that are taken as 'facts' and explores the science and, more often, the pseudoscience behind many popular dietary regimens. Warner seems to be inviting us to think critically when we are given 'information' regarding food, be it good or bad, and this seems to be the rule now generally: never take anything you hear as a 'fact'. If you are follower of one of these diets you will either be enlightened or out [...]

    9. Sorry to say this, but I did not like this book at all, I couldn't even get past chapter 6. It's a shame because lots of healthcare professionals and nutritionists were talking it up and promoting it. And I really, really wanted to like this book; the author just made it very difficult for me. There are (some) useful information and good points in there, of course. However, I couldn't find most of them as they are greatly overshadowed by the unappealing style of writing and very strong opinions [...]

    10. Very much in the vein of Ben Goldacre, The Angry Chef sets out to debunk clean eating myths and bad food science. It's a very interesting topic but unfortunately it comes across as jumbled and badly written. Too anecdotal and not enough research to back up some pretty wild statements (like how women were freed from the shackles of the kitchen by convenience foods and railing against homemade food), maybe it will be popular with teenagers in the throes of clean eating blogs and health food propag [...]

    11. This is one of those books that I've turned down quite a few pages at the corners to return back to. It's clear, even in the writers own words, that he is seeking some 'shock tactics' to get this content out into the public domain, fighting the tide of celebrity bloggers with limited credentials who are flogging 'clean eating' and other unhelpful plans that feed into disordered eating behaviours. Underneath the humour and occasional strong language there's evidence of a decent amount of research [...]

    12. Although it was more about science than about food, and the science was sometimes a bit hard to follow, I did enjoy this and took away some fundamentally useful ideas, like the regress to the mean. Other ideas I had were more or less confirmed, like the (fairly logical) one that any diet which completely restricts some kind of food, like sugar or flour or fat, a) will lead to some initial weight loss and b) will not be not very balanced, will it? I also found his thoughts about how the real prob [...]

    13. Chef Anthony Warner has made a second career out of "debunking Nutribollocks" on his blog and social media. In this, his first book, he talks about how we have been swept up in a craze of clean eating, detoxing, and wellness. Split up into different chapters and sprinkled with humour, this was a really interesting and fun read. He debunks a lot of myths sold to us on a daily basis (detoxing IS NOT A THING), and investigates the darker side of some advertising - the way companies and organisation [...]

    14. I feel sooo thankful for bumping into Angry Chef's blog and now reading his book! Seriously. I feel like they've boosted my immunity towards aggressive and manipulative media as well as decreased my confusion about what's "good" and what's a "no-no". In fact, I don't even care anymore)) After finishing this book I got this feeling we experience when being kids. When we don't yet know about skinny being sexy, pastries ruining our shapes, diets, "superfoods" and all that jazz. When we simply enjoy [...]

    15. This is a brilliant book, everyone that has ever considered any sort of diet, restricted eating or 'clean eating' should read this. At times very funny and enjoyable, this is also a very informative read that gives a proper explanation of what science is and how this applies to the world of food and eating. The insight in to certain restrictive diets and the crazy claims they make, particularly in relation to curing complex issues like autism and cancer was a real eye opener, and it is truly sho [...]

    16. A book that needed to be written given the proliferation of idiocy that exists today in the world in the name of dieting and healthy eating. The first and last thirds of the book are its strongest, looking at specific diets and fads and dismantling their nonsense systematically. The chapters on GAPS and the link between cancer and food were especially strong. The ending where he argues that allowing pseudoscience to exist even a little opens the door for idiots to tell other idiots lies about sc [...]

    17. “When modern medicine has little to offer, one of the few things people can control is their food. As their illness progresses and they start to feel worse, they will look for any intervention that might help. Many will find advice from alternative practitioners or the internet, often telling them to exclude certain things from their diet.”Warner, and his learned cohorts, like Goldacre’s “Bad Science” and Ernst & Singh’s “Trick Or Treatment” try to take a sobering and practic [...]

    18. THE ANGRY CHEF: Bad Science and The Truth About Healthy Eating by Chef Anthony Warner is just what the title says it is. Chef Warner takes on all the health fade diets and new age cures for everything under the sun. Modern day snake oil salesmen have taken over the field of nutritious eating, expounding dozens of cures based on the worst type of science, on in many cases either nonexistent or disproven science. The “cures” they propose do cause a change in the body, but then anytime you rad [...]

    19. ⭐️⭐️ Angry Chef looks at specific diets and fads and tries to dismantle nonsense spread by self-proclaimed food experts. Even though I agree with a lot of what Anthony Warner says, I just couldn’t go through this badly written rant. There are other, less angry and more convincing ways to talk about popular nutritional myths and debunk fad diets such as paleo, gluten-free, alkaline, the sugar conspiracy, or clean eating.You really don’t need to read this book to know that when it come [...]

    20. Subtitled "Bad Science and the Truth About Healthy Eating", this book examines the spectrum of diet cults that are widely followed but unsupported by evidence or food science. The author starts with the story of lapwings and hares in England. People seeing scratched out nests of eggs amongst the frolicking wild hares associated the two, assuming the hares produced the eggs. The eggs actually belonged to lapwings which were not obvious as they are very flighty. This mistaken correlation lead to t [...]

    21. This book is like a finely cooked dish, with many layers of enjoyment. The main theme is scientific evidence (or lack thereof) for benefits of various food fads. In addition to raw facts, it explores the origins and psychology of persistent culinary nonsense. Elegant cussing and imaginary dialogues are also among the aforementioned layers.It’s no wonder pseudoscientific eating advice is so common - in a twisted way, bullshit diets often appear to work. The Angry Chef suggests several explanati [...]

    22. 5 stars for readability5 stars for his effusive love of food (which I share)5 stars for making me think about many things in ways I had not thought about before5 stars for his ideas about how science should be taught - not just as hard facts but also as a way of life - of thinking critically about the world, dealing with uncertainty and realizing how much we don’t knowHowever, I’ve got one sticking point with this book which is making it difficult for me to rate it overall - I don’t think [...]

    23. *Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*This is an excellent book on food and the bad science behind different food fads and diets. It is engaging and well written, with humour throughout. Angry Chef is to food what Ben Goldacre is to medicine, passionate about explaining and dispelling pseudoscience, and genuinely seeking to enable you to make informed decisions based on science. I enjoyed the parts where he has conversations with his 'inner vo [...]

    24. Warner writes in two voices on occasion, as his self and his instinctive brain. However, reading this book you feel as the whole thing may have been written by two people. The first half is superb, disproving fad diets using science-based evidence as well as combining a light, readable tone to keep it interesting. You get firmly on the side of the author, believing that he knows the truth that these 'nutritional therapists' are positing. However, by the time you get half way through the book you [...]

    25. I'd just finished reading 'Bad Science' by Ben Goodacre and was interested to explore another take. Angry Chef has lot of similarities (to 'Bad Science')but with a bit more information about food and how 'non-diet' diets draw you in. He also explained the qualifications that Dietitians and Qualified Nutritionists must have as opposed to all the bloggers and book-writers out there that claim to be 'Nutritionists' etc. without formal qualifications. Both books have reminded me to question what I'm [...]

    26. I didn't like so much the "blog way" of the author to convey a lot of useful information and tips to identify and destroy the pseudoscientist' theories and their faith in whatever is in fashion at this moment (detox, superfood, clean eating, paleo, gluten free, etcc.). I would have preferred a more scientific approach to demystifying rubbish, but if it makes the book more readable, for me is ok.La cosa che meno mi é piaciuta il il linguaggio "da blog" che l'autore usa nel libro, ma ci sono un s [...]

    27. This is a very funny and honest book that confronts a lot of the bullshit surrounding food. It's a lot more than just angry ranting though - Anthony Warner gives some solid advice on spotting pseudoscience and myths. You don't necessarily need to be into nutrition/healthy eating to enjoy this either. I have just one criticism: in the chapter on convenience foods, Warner says that "every time we criticise convenience choices, we are showing our desire to drag women's bodies and minds away from th [...]

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