Dr. Mark Hyman, director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and bestselling author of Eat Fat, Get Thin, declares that food is the most powerful drug on the planet. It has the power to heal when it is natural and freshly prepared — and the power to cause health problems, especially when it’s been over-processed from industrial production.
It’s no wonder, then, that so many of us are confused when it comes to something as simple as choosing what to eat. Hyman wants to make that decision easier. His starting point? Too much of what we eat today isn’t really food at all; it’s been turned into an unnatural, processed substance. And we fall victim to the prepared-food industry that markets these food-like products as the better option because they’re convenient and cost less.
Yet the money we may save today on these so-called convenience foods will be squandered down the road on increased health-care costs. Hyman also warns that most of the nutritional studies hyped by the media have been funded by Big Food companies, which are driven more by profit than public health concerns.
People are understandably confused, and Hyman’s latest book aims to cut through the static and misinformation to deliver clear dietary guidelines for making healthy choices.