The Gluten Lie

  • by Alan Levinovitz, PhD
  • Narrated by Barry Press
  • 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"A factually accurate and highly entertaining work." (Peter Gibson, MD, Director of Gastroenterology at the Alfred Hospital and Monash University)


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Customer Reviews

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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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- Randall D. Raymond "randytoad"

Excellent book but be sure you read the entire thing before you judge

This excellent book helps to smell some of the more prevalent myths about diet.

My only concern/criticism is the fact that, at least according to one review I read, there is supposed to be a second appendix. That appendix is sort of critical to the interpretation of the first appendix. Some people might miss the true meaning/interpretation of the first appendix without the second one. That appendix does not appear in this audiobook.
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- Jeffrey Schwartz "jeff_schwartz"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-19-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio