Men’s Health/Rodale Press has a series of books called “Eat This – Not That.”  It is also a continual section of their MH magazine and they push the series fiercely.  It is NOT Low Carb but it attempts to get the reader to make somewhat healthier choices in the Real World.  They know how to market to their readership demographics.

The Great Cholesterol Myth has a section called “Eat This, Dump That.”  No question it is closer to my way of thinking.  Rather than just list calories, protein, carbs, fat and salt – this section goes more deeply into nutrition and health benefits from the POV of Cardiac Health.  That last phrase is important and explains why this is not just a Low Carb manual.

This Section’s “What You Need To Know,” states in part:

Dump these foods:

  • Sugar
  • Soda
  • Processed carbs
  • Trans fats
  • Processed meats
  • Excess vegetable oils

Eat more of these foods:

  • Wild Salmon (Alaska)
  • Berries and cherries
  • Grass-fed meat
  • Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Dark Chocolate  (no argument from me)
  • Garlic and turmeric
  • Pomegranate juice, green tea and red wine. (again – no argument from me)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil.

The Authors Trumpet the reduction of Stress in our lives.  I wish it was that easy.

Make these lifestyle changes to reduce stress:

  • Meditate or practice deep breathing.
  • Express your emotions
  • Play
  • Cultivate intimacy and pleasure
  • Enjoy your life

The What You Need to Know section on Supplements, makes these recommendations:

  • CoQ10
  • D-ribose
  • L-carnitie
  • Magnesium
  • Niacin
  • Omega-3s
  • Nattokinase and Lumbrokinnase
  • Vitamin C
  • Curcumin
  • Reserevatrol
  • Coca Flavanols
  • Vitamin E only if mixed tocopherols

The What You Need to Know section on Blood Tests, makes these recommendations (I’ll bet that most are not covered by your Insurance):

  • LDL particle size
  • Hs-CRP
  • Fibrinogen
  • Serum ferritin (iron)
  • Lp(a)
  • Homocysteine
  • Interleukin-6
  • Coronary calcium scan

These summary outlines are a quick look into the book – but they do not tell the whole story – which is critical if you are going to understand and follow their suggestions. 

I strongly recommend buying and reading the book.