• The Gluten Lie

  • And Other Myths About What You Eat
  • By: Alan Levinovitz PhD
  • Narrated by: Barry Press
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-19-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (60 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Gluten. Salt. Sugar. Fat. These are the villains of the American diet - or so a host of doctors and nutritionists would have you believe. But the science is far from settled, and we are racing to eliminate wheat and corn syrup from our diets because we've been lied to. The truth is that almost all of us can put the buns back on our burgers and be just fine.
Remember when butter was the enemy? Now it's good for you. You may have lived through times when the Atkins Diet was good, then bad, and then good again; you may have wondered why all your friends cut down on salt or went Paleo; and you might even be thinking about cutting out wheat products from your own diet.
In this groundbreaking work, Alan Levinovitz, PhD, exposes the myths behind how we come to believe which foods are good and which are bad and points the way to a truly healthful life, free from anxiety about what we eat.
©2015 Alan Levinovitz (P)2015 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"A factually accurate and highly entertaining work." (Peter Gibson, MD, Director of Gastroenterology at the Alfred Hospital and Monash University)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Randall D. Raymond on 10-05-15

Entire Book Not Included

I downloaded this book on the recommendation of a column in Skeptic Magazine. I was favorably impressed until I got to the last chapter. In this chapter Dr. Levinovitz includes a section in which he introduces a "diet" which does all the things he criticized others for doing in the rest of the book. I was confused until I re-read the column that caused me to purchase the book and saw that it referred to annotations in this final chapter that were NOT included in the audio book. I was so confused that I bought the Kindle edition which included the annotations, and found that Dr. Levinovitz is using his last chapter"diet" to illustrate all the fallacies (i.e. lies) he points out in the rest of the book. Without these annotations the listener is left with a confusing and false idea of the entire purpose of the book. It would have been easy to include these annotations (I have listened to many Audible books where footnotes and annotations are read along with the text) as they are mostly very short and would have added much to the enjoyment of the book.

I would like to say that I gave the performance 1 star, not because I didn't like the narrator, he was, in fact, very good, but because the deletion of the annotations was, IMO part of the performance.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Natalie on 06-26-15

Excellent book, poor listen

What did you like best about The Gluten Lie? What did you like least?

I loved how the author approaches how we eat today in historical context, and looks at religion and human psychology to understand our current food obsessions.

What did you like best about this story?

Very well written, it covers a lot of science in a comprehensible and engaging manner.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barry Press?

Horrible narrator, very lilting and exaggerated voice. Poorly edited, you could hear the breaks between recording sessions.

Any additional comments?

Please, please please figure out a way to help listeners access the references and footnotes! I understand that the last chapter included graphs, bubbles, info that supplemented the silly UNpacked diet, I would love to see that. I feel like I was ripped off.

I STRONGLY urge anyone considering this book to buy a print version instead. This was just about the worst book I have listened to on audible. Not that the content was bad, but the formatting was terrible.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-31-18


well written, funny in parts but really helps to cut out all the confusion about what to put in your mouth

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3 out of 5 stars
By gareth johnson on 07-10-15

Could've been even shorter without the padding.

It's good that someone goes through the scientific literature and exposes the false beliefs about food,I liked this about the book but the author then tends to fill in the reasons why we buy into these false beliefs with tenuous anecdotes and theories that were rather woolly themselves and goes on to tell us we'd all be much happier and healthier if we just stopped worrying about what we ate which ironically is the claim from all the fad diets,super foodists etc. which he dismisses throughout the book. The reader was OK,rather slow with an odd stop/start cadence

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1 out of 5 stars
By Candice on 09-30-15

Week arguments

I really wanted to take something tangible away from this book. In a nutshell the book goes like this, they were wrong about MSG, they were wrong about fats so therefore we can't believe the sensationalism about sugar and gluten. Then after telling us not to believe what we hear the book goes on to tell us it's plastics that's actually killing us and making us fat, the book does the exact thing it had preached to us for 8 hours not to do and that is, tries to convince us without any evidence that tinfoil and plastics are the real culprit. I actually thought this last chapter was a joke, and the authors way of demonstrating how easily we can be convinced of something without much substantiation - but no! We are to be critical of every other report about our health except his which we are to believe. Very odd

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4 out of 5 stars
By Chief Squirrel on 01-06-17

A fantastic intro into skeptical thinking

This work is a relief to the lingering anxiety caused by the sheer tidal wave of food/health/diet content in the media, print and online.

The reading style takes an unnecessarily comic/sarcastic tone; which while entertaining to the enlightened, may alienate those who are yet to realise the level of their credulity on such food matters.

The gentle mocking, having being in place for the whole text, makes it harder to realise the final UNpack Diet Plan is a complete hoax. (Excluding the point-by-point review that the print version has doesn't help either)

Still, the book is very much worthy of your attention.

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