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This book shares much information with "Wheat Belly" by Wm. Davis and "What Makes us Fat" and "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taub, but Dr. Perlmutter focuses more on the effects of a high carb, low fat diet on the brain. Conditions like diabetes are discussed thoroughly but in the context of explaining how these diseases impact the brain.
This book was timely for me. I adopted a wheat free/ low carb eating plan in April of 2012 after reading "Wheat Belly" and my "set point" weight dropped by 16 lbs in just a few weeks. This was despite the fact that I already had what most would consider a healthy diet. But, because I cook for family members who have not adopted these eating habits, I became lazy about preparing separate foods and saw my weight creep up a few pounds and some of the other health improvements falter in the last few weeks. This book was an excellent refresher course for grain free and low carb eating as well as a jarring wakeup call about the ways eating habits change our brains. Alzheimer's has a frighteningly high frequency among women in my family, so I am encouraged to learn that I have at least some control about the future health of my brain. Dr. Perlmutter's advice differs in a few ways from Dr. Davis. Dr. Perlmutter recommends fasting and recognizes a correlation between low calorie consumption with greater brain health. This book also says it's okay to cheat now and then. Most of the other books caution readers against cheating, likening carb consumption to dependence on addictive drugs. This is the case I have found to be true. Cold turkey for "carbaholics" is easer than relying on will power and moderation.
I like that this audio book is accompanied by a PDF featuring some the statistics, recipes, etc.
If you have read other books on this topic, I recommend reading this book as well because it focuses heavily on the neurological impact of gluten and carbs. On the other hand, if you have not read "Wheat Belly" and "What Makes us Fat", I recommend these in addition to "Grain Brain" as these books go into more detail about the evolution of the grains we eat today and the illogical processes that resulted in much of the dangerous "conventional wisdom" that many health professionals view as holy writ today.
Narrator does a nice job.
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This is an important work. Please ignore those who say "skeptical" without reading it. For example one reviewer claims he is confused as to why Dairy is not recommended. Well, it is. He also cites a book about cholesterol being healthy, which is a fact the book concurs with. I would not be surprised if that review was someone just working for the competing "diet book."
As someone who read the book and followed the food recommendations I can attest they are life altering. I am below my high school weight and my mind is sharper than it has been in years.
The book explains, with medical research to back it, why common foods are harmful not only for your body generally but to your brain specifically. The sad truth is there are monied interests wanting us to keep eating grains, carbs and "low fat" processed goods and that is the only reason these harmful foods are even around.
Can't live without "carbs," Wrong. I can barely live with the fact I have been eating carbs all this time.
If you are scanning reviews, please read this book and listen to the science. You will be convinced and if you follow the food ideas you will be transformed.
The more people that do the sooner the carb industry can become extinct.
130 of 143 people found this review helpful
I found this book to be somewhat repetitive and therefore dull. interesting information if completely new to low carb diets, but nothing unique. could have pulled same info off the internet in a short session and saved a few hours of my life!
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Yes, because I am a nutritional therapy student and it illuminates the impact of inflammation (caused by gluten and certain carbohydrates) upon the brain, as well as the body. However, it does repeat some of the softer information too much - I would have preferred this in the areas relating to more complex scientific information so that I could come away from the listening experience with more than a basic outline of the content, and instead, with more substantial scientific connections which I could explain to others. Instead, I will need to buy the book itself and re-read it so I can focus on and absorb that information more.
If you’ve listened to books by David Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg before, how does this one compare?
I haven't listened to others before.
Which character – as performed by Peter Ganim – was your favourite?
There was only one character, but the narrator was excellent - he managed to keep full, clear energy even in the most dry of topics.
Was Grain Brain worth the listening time?
Yes, it was. But I do feel I need to buy the book as well now.
Any additional comments?
I think this is perhaps better in a paper book rather than audible, given the content and that the recipes etc will always be to hand in the book, whereas those sent in PDF form via audible cannot be downloaded and saved to the computer for future reference.
The book however, the content of it, is most certainly worth listening to and I would recommend it to all carbohydrate and gluten lovers, and those who want to improve their health - it sounds generic, as everyone would like that, but I do believe the recommendations given in this book, would do just that.
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This was my third book I have listen to on the science of how carbs and fats affect on your body differently. I have listen to Wheat Belly and Keto Clarity, they both had much information and were entertaining in their own right. I felt that Grain Brain offer much more information on how you can improve the body and more facts from research on the brain and yet I found it easier to listen to. Wheat Belly was better for the information on the harm of Wheat and it's history in civilization but lack other information on food and excise that this book brings which can improve your health.
I love most the learning the how the type of food affect the gut and how from the gut it comes to affect the brain and the body. It warns the reader that their lifestyle choices could be increasing their risk of a shorter life with more pain and suffering. The author has lot to say about the medical industry (and even a little bit on education system) and how many in the profession try to treat problems with drugs and surgery without first trying to understand the cause. As they say prevention is better then cure. If you can get anything out of this book it should help give you the knowledge for you to lower your health risk, get tested for gluten sensitivity, cut down on carbs and sugars and how to improve your eating habits.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Grain Brain to be better than the print version?
There's a lot of great information in there, I'm just struggling to get past the fact that the reader sounds like a cross between a robot and a 1960s tv commercial. So hard to listen to.
What was most disappointing about David Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg ’s story?
The narrator. The contents are awesome. I'm hoping I can make it to the end of the book, but every time I get in the car to listen I just can't... might have to buy the hard copy.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Ganim?
Dr Pearlmutter himself. It's a personal book where he talks about 'My son" "My work" etc. I've listened to him speak on podcasts, he's amazingly inspiring. Shame he couldn't take the time to record this himself.
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