Book Review: Death By Food Pyramid

Today we are excited to bring you a review from our Team Member Anne, of Denise Minger‘s new book, Death By Food Pyramid. Denise was a delightful guest on a past episode of The Paleo View Podcast, where she talked about her new book and her views on a real food/ancestral diet. Denise was once a raw food vegan who suffered a number of health issues related to her choice in diet, and through personal research found her way back to a more ancestral way of eating that has greatly improved her personal health. After investigating the truth about food she became well known for debunking the “science” used to support The China Study. And now she’s back with even more fact-based research in her first book! You can read more from Denise on her blog, Raw Foods SOS, as well as her many guest articles on Mark’s Daily Apple


This book could’ve been titled “Forget everything you were taught about Nutrition”. 

I’d ordered this book long before Stacy & Matt asked if anyone wanted to review it.  Having been Paleo/Primal for over 2 years I was already down the path that the “Food Pyramid” wasn’t my friend.  That said I was interested in how we got the place to where we are at with nutritional guidelines.  

Death By Food Pyramid starts off with the politics behind the Food Pyramid and how this benchmark for a proper diet came about.   Denise’s book shows in a step by step fashion how large institutions trying to reconcile multiple conflicting agendas can go so far astray.  It highlights the difficulty in making good nutritional choices when so much of the data and information we’re given comes from government and food industry giants who have agendas other than our health.  Any time  corporate growth and profits, and controlling cost of government programs is in play the data can and does get distorted.

The meat of the book really falls in the remaining two-thirds of the book.  She dissects some of the major studies used to justify that nutritional advice that was prevalent for over 50 years. I found her style of writing to be easily understood and not too technical (sciencey) for the average reader.  It was both entertaining and informative at that same time. 

I liked how Denise provides a wide choice of eating plans ranging from a more Paleo (my personal choice) style of diet to a Vegan/Vegetarian based diet, the pluses and minuses of each point.  As well as the current foods that should have no place in any of our diets.  The lack of “one diet fits all” was something I think we can all relate to.  What works well in my diet (some high quality dairy) might be disastrous for others.  I find that some books are very 1 minded and I didn’t get that feeling from this book.

I’d definitely recommend Death By Food Pyramid for everyone’s reading list. It would be a great way to introduce others to a more whole foods approach to eating more like the diets that our forefathers ate before big industry and government decided to try and sway us to meet their economic agendas.

You can connect with Denise on her book’s Facebook page and find more information on other books like this by connecting on the Primal Blueprint Publishing Facebook page

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About Anne Mockus

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Hello my name is Anne & I am addicted to food. All kidding aside I clearly fall into the live to eat vs. eat to live camp. My husband was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis over 10 years ago and we've made lifestyle changes because of that. Roughly a year ago we became aware of the Paleo Diet and the health benefits that come from it. I won't lie & say that we jumped on board & didn't look back. It has been a rocky up & down path for us but we made the decision that our health & well-being were of utmost importance. Fortunately I love to cook (as does my husband) and we have friends that are very creative in the kitchen. All of the "deprivation" I thought I would suffer from hasn't happened. I have a 5 year old who is quite adventurous in his eating habits & naturally chooses fewer grains. We've started a blog to try & keep ourselves accountable ( as well as having a place where we can keep track of the yummy meals we make. I am passionate about sourcing as much of our food as I can from local farms with sustainable farming practices. I run a number of local co-ops and am one of the administrators of the DC Metro Co-Ops & Meat Shares group on Facebook.

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    I’ve been wanting to read this book since Denise was on the paleo view. Love the podcast btw. Thanks so much for the contest and all your sharing..

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