3 Top Nutrition Books You Need to Read Now

These top nutrition books may not be the latest fad, but they have solid health knowledge you need in feeding your immune system. I am listing them solely based on my personal life experience with these books.

#1: In Defense of Food

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

This slogan on the cover sums up the content of this book. Michael Pollan is a journalist and he has used his skills well here in showing why we should follow these principles.

In fact, he’s so good at it, he has written not just this book about food. He has also written many other books and appeared in documentaries.

Since reading In Defense of Food, my husband has changed the way he eats. To my relief, he is making good effort in eating less meat and more vegetables. And he is more intellectually inclined than me, so I guess that says something about how this book managed to convince him to change the way he eats.

#2: The China Study

This book talks about an extensive study done in China that showed the many health benefits Chinese enjoyed at the time due to certain aspects of their diet.

From my reading up over the years, I have come to know of similar large-scale studies of UK and US people that trace their eating habits and outcomes over many years.

I didn’t actually read this book but came across the actual research papers that have been published in scientific journals. The results are worth pondering over.

If you want to know what to eat to avoid chronic diseases such as heart disease without going everywhere on the internet to find the reports, this book is for you.

There’s another book called The China Study Cookbook, which goes straight into healthy recipes based on the research. Check that out if you cook for your family.

#3: Nutrition ※ Immunity ※ Longevity

If you need an easy to understand introduction to how the immune system functions and how to feed it accordingly, look no further.

The author, Dr. Jau-Fei Chen, is an immunologist whose company has been developing immunity boosting products for the past 30 years.

She has published other books on similar topics and given many public lectures on nourishing the immune system through a plant based, balanced diet.

The principles covered in this book are supported by numerous scientific studies. There’s a substantial section focusing on many plant foods and the immunity boosting properties of each.

I found this book enlightening as it touches on many trending health topics such as how to supplement omega-3 and glucosamine.

What nutrition books have you read?

Maybe you’ve read a bestseller in this category. Did you find it helpful? Why or why not? Do share your experience with me by leaving a comment!

6 Comments on "3 Top Nutrition Books You Need to Read Now"

  1. Great choice of nutrition books to recommend your readers like myself, I do love good books on health especially nutrition and dieting.

    I also am trying to eat more veggies and fruit with less meat, for protein I am drinking pea protein shakes. What is your opinion on pea protein, is this healthier do you think than eating meat?


    1. I do hope you get to read them. You will find that all of them advocate eating whole foods, or foods in their whole form. This is better than extracting nutrients like protein from pea.

      When eaten as part of the pea, the protein is beneficial. But by itself away from the original source, it has been torn from other nutrients that synergize and balance the protein. This is the same for all isolated nutrients. The result is less than ideal for preventing disease. So look at the ingredient list for your protein shake, which may reveal other health concerns like sugar intake.

      In addition, you need to look at your diet as a whole. Are you getting a good variety of foods? Don’t just look at pea, consider tofu as well. And edamame (soy bean). In The China Study, tofu was found to benefit the participants greatly.


  2. I think I’d be most interested in reading The China Study. Certain diets and foods can definitely help prevent certain diseases. I’d love to see the results that occurred from the diets the participants had. I think the overall general population are becoming slightly more aware of what they are putting into their bodies and there’s a desire to improve their diets. Thanks for sharing these products!


    1. Don’t just read The China Study. Read up on the other large scale studies and you will notice some similarities that you will find helpful.

      It’s heartening that more people are informed about how their food can affect their health. I suppose it’s partly due to such books, which are the fruit of scientific research.

      But some of the dietary behaviors that people think are healthy are actually not.

      Recently a milk brand here has been aggressively marketing their product as having plant sterols. They even got a cardiologist to talk in their ads. I wish people knew that the best source of plant sterols are the fruits and vegetables themselves! I won’t even go into the dangers of milk/lactose consumption.

      And then there’s the supplement brand that tells you to fill your nutritional gaps with their combinations of isolated nutrients. That is a very problematic strategy.


  3. self help books are one of our most easiest and least expensive resources to learn more about any topic we desire.

    Nutrition today is very important and understand to stay healthy, many of our foods are the market today have low nutritional value which is affecting our health. Choosing one of these nutritional books is a good place to start your learning.


    1. You’re absolutely right. There are so many books out there and not all are pointing people in the right direction, though. And with the internet false information spreads sometimes even better than the truth about what we should be eating.


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