As a website on personal empowerment, people and social skills, I have been thinking a lot on whether or not I should invest much time on studying the best nutrition books.
After all, I already knew quite a bit on nutrition and was already eating healthy, I thought.
Boy, am I glad I did I went through all these health and nutrition books in the end. All I knew from Google searches, government recommendation and food agencies was mostly wrong.
These 8 best health and nutrition book will help you get up to speed, eat well and live healthy.
8. Becoming a Supple Leopard
I loved Becoming a Supple Leopard because it starts from the very basics of exercising: posture. This book clarifies how posture is not just aesthetics, but can help prevent the vast majority of training accidents.
Quote: “Sitting is death.”
7. The Omnivore’s Dilemma
A frightening, eye opening account of the modus operandi of industrialized food production. Reading of animal livestock given other dead animals as pasture might not make you sleep more nicely, but it will give you a strong wake up call on how seriously you need to take your nutrition.
Quote: “You are not what you eat. You are what your food eats”
6. Younger Next Year
If you were to get Younger Next Year looking for a secret formula to eternal youth, you might surprised.
You might surprised that you already know the “secrets”: great food, constant exercise (cardio + strength training).
The groundbreaking idea of this awesome health book though is that you can preserve your vitality, strength and independence well into your old age if you take care of yourself.
Quote: “Aerobic exercise saves your life; strength training makes it worth living“
5. The Whole 30
The Whole 30 cracks the top 5 of the best nutrition books because of the awesome “troubleshooting approach” it brings to nutrition.
The idea is to stop eating ALL food that can cause allergies or body harm for a month and then see how you feel. If you can get rid of some pain or skin rash, or if you will feel better, then you know you weren’t eating well.
Then you can restart to add foods one by one and monitor the results, so you can reach the perfect diet for you based on what matters most: results.
Quote: “You cannot out-exercise poor nutrition”
4. Eat Fat Get Thin
by Mark Hyman
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There have been a few books in the last years that re-rehabilitated (saturated) fat as a positive contributor to our health.
However I have chosen Hyman for this best nutrition books list because Eat Fat Get Thin is comprehensive, well balanced and packed with deep wisdom.
For example instead of pointing fingers towards carbs, Hyma says that also grain can be a part of a healthy diet when consumed in moderate quantities.
In an industry full of dogmatism, this open-mindedness is very welcome.
Quote: “high-fat, low-carb diet leads to a faster metabolism and sustained weight loss”
3. In Defense of Food
by Michael Pollan
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In Defense of Food was eye opening for me. As most people who fancy themselves “health conscious”, I used to read all the labels and pick food based on their nutrition stats.
If you are doing the same, that approach is terrible: food labels are misleading (to say the least).
Whole by Colin Campbell also shares similar eye-opening wisdom, but I picked In Defense of Food as it’s more complete and balanced.
Quote: “Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.”
2. Bright Line Eating
Bright Line Eating is the only book in this list that is mostly focused on weight loss instead of healthy eating.
But it deserves to be here because of its massive wisdom on the psychology of obesity and the role of addictive personalities on eating.
Actually, it goes further: Bright Line Eating is so good that it should be read by anyone who wants to understand human psychology.
A teaser for you: we all rank on an addictive scale when it comes to food. And the fact that you’re think doesn’t mean you can’t get hooked.
Quote: “Your whole life has become one big series of cues to eat, the pull is invisible and incredibly strong”
1. Food Rules
I give the top spot of this best nutrition book list to Food Rules for its groundbreaking simplicity.
If you research nutrition you will realize that it has way too many gurus, pundits and dogmas.
Unless you really read everything, here’s the conundrum: the more you read, the less clarity you gain.
Food Rules embraces no single diet, does not quote a hundred study to legitimize itself and doesn’t ban any food or class of food.
Food Rules gives you a few guidelines which you can start applying right away to enjoy a healthier life.
Quote: “The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead”
Best Health & Nutrition Books
The health and nutrition is a very, very crowded space.
But you can start with this one and go straight to the best nutrition wisdom available.
Or check out this ebook which summarizes all the lessons that I learned after reading more than 30 health and nutrition books and researching each single one of them: