Jayson and Mira Calton have hit a home run with Rich Food, Poor Food.
I’ve been following a Paleo diet for six months after being introduced to Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. I learned about Rich Food, Poor Food on Mark’s blog, Mark’s Daily Apple, and was intrigued by the wonderful writeup and from the Caltons themselves on their Facebook page. (It seems that one good book begets another, and after devouring Mark’s Primal Blueprint and Primal Connection plus a few recipe sites, I was in need of yet another Paleo tome.
Rich Food, Poor Food was the ideal choice because it follows a logical mix of science and practicality, not to mention a good dose of humor!
The book is divided into parts with a “Know Before you Go” section that explains why we need a guide to why we should choose microonutrient foods and how to navigate grocery aisles filled with foods deceptively advertised. Part two guides you from aisle to aisle showing you why you should make wise choices for health’s sake. There’s a “Steer Clear” section after each aisle that explains why certain popular foods are poor choices (having added sugars, genetically modified grains and oils and questionable to downright dangerous chemical additives). I was astounded to learn there are fourteen different names for mono-sodium glutamate (with names such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein). Rich Food, Poor Food points these out so we can be more discerning.
Navigating each aisle gives the reader the best choices followed by foods to avoid and then sums up each with a list to take shopping with you. I purchased the Kindle version of this book but will be ordering a paperback copy so I can add my own notes. I consider myself a careful shopper, but in reading Rich Food, Poor Food, I found several items I have purchased thinking they were good, but finding they weren’t. Another plus is that the authors show several examples of foods and recipes you can make yourself for Rich Food choices. One that I made for my family is their buckwheat pancakes which are the best Paleo pancakes I’ve tried. They even have a recipe for making your own ghee.
The authors name brands, both Rich and Poor to help the shopper avoid the landmines of poor nutritional choices. This is a book that should be in every Paleo household. I recommend it highly. It is unique in identifying foods based on what the health-conscious Paleo shopper is looking for, things such as wild caught fish, grass-fed beef, raw/organic cheese, organic meats, pastured eggs and dairy, organic produce and sprouted grains, nuts and seeds.