Grain Brain by David Perlmutter M.D.

Grain Brain by David Perlmutter M.D.

Grain Brain by David Perlmutter M.D. is a recent work (copyright 2013) adding to the knowledge base in nutrition. The author is a board certified neurologist and holistic nutrition expert. This is an up to date addition to the vast body of work focusing on how refined carbs are inflammatory causing elements of our diet and a major part of many diseases including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. He also gets into new territory with the recently studied links of these inflammatory processes to neurological issues including the growing problem of dementia and Alzheimer’s in the aging population. He has a lot of expertise and specific information on how damaging gluten can be as well. For those interested in nutrition this is a great book to add to your reading list.

Over the years I have read many books on nutrition. Currently there is a whole food movement focusing on natural grown vegetables, grains, and avoiding meat and animal fat. Another major movement is the low carb movement. If you read many of the leading works from both movements you will discover they actually have more in common than in opposition. Both of these movements recognize the dangers of refined sugars and starches. Both allow all the carbs you want as long as they are whole vegetables. However, they do start to diverge on their philosophy on meat and fat. The whole food movement is leans vegetarian and still tends to approach fat as bad while the low carb movement recognizes there are very healthy and necessary fats and others that are harmful. There is certainly some debate and opposition on those two areas but again they tend to agree and appear to be backed up by modern science showing that there are two things that are very unhealthy and disease causing in our modern diets. That is refined sugars are starches (sugar in all its refined forms, flour based carbs like breads and wheat based pastas), and the other is trans-fats (the unhealthy fats created by food companies like hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils and fats).

I think both of these current movements have a lot of knowledge to offer that is very sound and trustworthy unlike many of the nutrition myths that continue to hang on decade after decade. This book very articulately describes the science behind the low carb approach and adds new information on how this relates to neurological issues. This book is worth your time and money. So as usual HIT THE BOOKS, THEY DON’T HIT BACK!

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