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Coffee Is Good For You – Science Behind Health and Food Claims

I was recently contacted to review Coffee Is Good For You and could not resist this book as it demystifies and debunks many of the fanatical claims made by so many both in the fitness industry and in the general populous. I was not compensated and my opinions are my own.

When it comes to deciphering studies most people are in the dark about what to look out for, how to read margin of error or even whether or not the study provided a sample size that is relative. Davis breaks down the types of scientific studies and how to judge them for accuracy.

I loved this book and I am sure so will most who are confused about wild claims, psuedo scientific evidence and what to believe these days in regards to health and weight loss fads. For example we all want to be healthy but does buying local help us achieve that goal? No. As Davis points out while buying locally may be better for the environment (a topic he says could have its own debate) buying locally does not make for a healthier or well rounded diet, nor does it guarantee better food.

Food is supposed to be one of life’s simple pleasures, but few things cause more angst and confusion. People are constantly being told which foods are healthy, which diets work, which preparation methods are safest, and which chemicals in food should be shunned. COFFEE IS GOOD FOR YOU: From Vitamin C and Organic Foods to Low-Carb and Detox Diets, The Truth About Diet and Nutrition Claims (Perigee Trade Paperback Original; January 3, 2012; 978-0399537257; $15) by Robert J. Davis, PhD cuts through the hype and clutter to debunk popular myths about diet and nutrition. Complete with a “truth scale,” a gauge showing the believability of each claim, readers will learn:

· 10 Tips to Help Decipher Diet & Nutrition Claims, including: Don’t fixate on particular foods; Look beyond narrow categories like carbs and calories; and Ignore health claims on food packages and in ads.

· How to Assess a Scientific Study. Davis outlines each type of scientific study in clear and concise terms, explaining the validity of each so that readers learn to make informed judgments on what to believe.

· Many Tried & True Maxims, Just Aren’t That Tried or True. For example, there’s not enough research to substantiate claims that Vitamin C fights colds, bottled water is safer than tap, and genetically modified foods are harmful.

· Convincing Evidence That: Milk isn’t necessary for strong bones; You don’t need 8 glasses of water a day; and Alcohol can cause breast cancer.

In a recent survey by the U.S. Food and Drug Association, more than two thirds of Americans agreed that “there are so many recommendations about healthy ways to eat, it is hard for me to know what to believe.” In COFFEE IS GOOD FOR YOU, Robert J. Davis goes beyond the media hype and corporate agendas to give an unbiased assessment of the science behind some of the most common diet and nutrition claims.

My own complaint about the book is the price. It does come with a $15 tag and it is a small, albeit powerfully packed book. In this economy I think individuals may shy away from a purchase such as this because they might not see the value. I would love to see this in an Ebook format with a smaller price tag so a vast majority of people can afford it. There are so many great points made and so many myths debunked.

You could win my review copy of Coffee Is Good For You by hopping over to Sky Yoga Studio and More’s FB Page and leave a comment under the GIVEAWAY post.

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