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The China Study

by Thomas Campbell &‎ T. Colin Campbell, PhD

The China Study examines the multiple effects that animal protein consumption has on cancer risk various other health issues, and through extensive research, suggests that everyone can improve their health by adopting a plant-based diet. This book is filled with claims that are well supported by extensive research on the link between consumption of animal products and the presence and growth of cancers and other illnesses.   A great book for those looking for the science and facts behind a plant-based diet.

Crazy Sexy Diet

by Kris Carr

 

One woman's inspiring story on how she battled cancer by eating a primarily raw vegan diet. This book delves into the health risks, environmental impacts, and ethical issues of consuming animal products and supporting the meat and dairy industries. This book raises the importance of not eating to simply lose weight and look good, but to also be mindful about what we really are putting in our bodies to increase our longevity and maintain a healthy weight from the inside out. Crazy Sexy Diet also debunks many myths and thoroughly explains the negative impacts of meat consumption.

Eat to Live

by Joel Fuhrman, MD

This book has a completely different approach on dieting than most of us are used to. It argues that thee more nutrient-dense food we consume, the more we become satisfied with what we eat, and thus the more satisfied we are with consuming fewer calories. Instead on thinking about calorie restriction primarily, Eat to Live is a diet approach that focuses on eating what is high in nutrients because inevitably, once we get sufficient nutrient intake, we also get sufficient caloric intake as well. Due to the fact that plant foods are so high in nutrients and lower in calories, this diet promotes a whole food plant-based diet in order to reach our weight and health goals. The science behind Eat to Live argues that by eating more nutrient-dense foods, you will live longer, and reduce or even eliminate your need for prescription drugs. By reading this book, you'll change the way you think about food, caloric intake/ dieting and how you want to eat.  

Eating Animals

by Jonathan Safran Foer

This book talks about the question not many people ask themselves: why do we eat some animals and not others? Foer explores and explains the origins of many eating traditions and the fictions involved with creating them. Traveling to the darkest corners of our dining habits, Foer raises the unspoken question behind every fish we eat, every chicken we fry, and every burger we grill.

The Food Revolution

by John Robbins

One of the most in depth accounts of how our current animal agriculture affects the environment. Also includes well researched and documented details on how the food we eat impacts our health and shows the relationship between politics, power, and our food. Provides a sneak peek into the treatment of animals and the misconceptions we have about 'Free-range' and 'Hormone-free'. Overall, a great text for new vegans as it is jam packed with information. It is however a long book and may at times seem overwhelming due to the density of information. 

Main Street Vegan

by Victoria Moran

Victoria is easy to read and while she does share the hard stuff, she's gentle in her approach.  Main Street Vegan is a great book for those brand new to veganism who want an approachable way to understand all that it has to offer. 

Slaughterhouse

by Gail Eisnitz

This book is about the changes in the meat packing industry as a result of a rise in demand of meat and animal products. These changes include industry consolidation, the increase of line speeds in order to get more done in a shorter amount of time, and ultimately deregulation of sanitation, treatment of animals and more. All of these changes have not only impacted the animals, but have also negatively impacted the workers in the industry and the consumers. This book is the first document that has told the stories of the workers in meat and dairy industries and has inspired many to speak up about the horrors that take place behind the closed doors of America's slaughterhouses.

The Starch Solution

by John A. McDougall, MD

This book icludes some great recipes, provides real cases of individuals changing their lives by living a plant-based lifestyle, includes lots of information on why a plant-based diet rich in carbs or starches is good for you. Even has a section for maximizing weight loss on a vegan diet. The author believes fats should be avoided (slim to no nuts, oils, etc.), this is a controversial opinion and many would disagree. Most research indicates that moderation is key for fat intake with a focus on 'good' fats.

Whole

by T. Colin Campbell, PhD

In The China Study, T. Colin Campbell (alongside his son, Thomas M. Campbell) revolutionized the way we think about our food with the evidence that a whole food, plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat. Now, in Whole, he explains the science behind that evidence, the ways our current scientific paradigm ignores the fascinating complexity of the human body, and why, if we have such overwhelming evidence that everything we think we know about nutrition is wrong, our eating habits haven’t changed.  Whole is an eye-opening, paradigm-changing journey through cutting-edge thinking on nutrition, a scientific tour de force with powerful implications for our health and for our world.