The Jungle Effect

The Jungle Effect

A Doctor Discovers the Healthiest Diets From Around the World-- Why They Work and How to Bring Them Home

Book - 2008
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Pizza, pasta, hamburgers, sushi, tacos, and french fries . . . whether our ancestors were born in Madrid, Malaysia, or Mexico, chances are our daily food choices come from all around the globe. Unfortunately, we have taken some of the worst aspects of our varied ancestral menus to turn healthy cuisine into not-so-healthy junk food. Where did we go wrong?

Why is it that non-Western immigrants are so much more susceptible to diabetes and other diet-related chronic diseases than white Americans? How is it possible that relatively poor native populations in Mexico and Africa have such low levels of the chronic diseases that plague the United States? What is the secret behind the extremely low rate of clinical depression in Iceland--a country where dreary weather is the norm? The Jungle Effect has the life-changing answers to these important questions, and many more.

Dr. Daphne Miller undertook a worldwide quest to find diets that are both delicious and healthy. Written in a style reminiscent of Michael Pollan and Barbara Kingsolver, this book is filled with inspiring stories from Dr. Miller's patients, quirky travel adventures, interviews with world-renowned food experts, delicious (yet authentic) indigenous recipes, and valuable diet secrets that will stick with you for a lifetime.

Whether it's the heart-healthy Cretan diet, with its reliance on olive oil and fresh vegetables; the antidepression Icelandic diet and its extremely high levels of Omega 3s; the age-defying Okinawa diet and its emphasis on vegetables and fish; or the other diets explored herein, everyone who reads this book will come away with the secrets of a longer, healthier life and the recipes necessary to put those secrets into effect.

Publisher: New York : Collins, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061535659
Characteristics: xi, 370 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Sarubin-Fragakis, Allison


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Nov 24, 2014

Fascinating book about very old ways of eating...that turn out to work pretty well today, as they have for centuries in the highlighted communities. Not caveman cooking. Inspiring.


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Nov 14, 2011

Some very interesting information. Worth a read but not a book I would use often.


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