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Death by Food Pyramid

How Shoddy Science, Sketchy Politics and Shady Special Interests Have Ruined Our Health
Narrated by: David Minger
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Warning: Shock and outrage will grip you as you dive into this one-of-a-kind exposé. Shoddy science, sketchy politics, and shady special interests have shaped American Dietary recommendations - and destroyed our nation's health - over recent decades. The phrase "Death by Food Pyramid" isn't shock-value sensationalism, but the tragic consequence of following federal advice and corporate manipulation in pursuit of health.

In Death by Food Pyramid, Denise Minger exposes the forces that overrode common sense and solid science to launch a pyramid phenomenon that bled far beyond US borders to taint the eating habits of the entire developed world.

Minger explores how generations of flawed pyramids and plates endure as part of the national consciousness, and how the "one size fits all" diet mentality these icons convey pushes us deeper into the throes of obesity and disease. Regardless of whether you're an omnivore or vegan, research junkie or science-phobe, health novice or seasoned dieter, Death by Food Pyramid will reframe your understanding of nutrition science - and inspire you to take your health, and your future, into your own hands.

©2014 Primal Nutrition, Inc. (P)2014 Primal Nutrition, Inc.

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terrible narrator

awful to listen to,terrible narrator. Couldn't get through the first chapter. Save you money and don't bother with this one.

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  • Nate Juraschek
  • 02-05-2015

Terrific material made taxing by poor narration

I think the subject matter in this book is excellent. It's a well formulated discussion about how we should be thinking about the food we eat and absorbing information from others on that subject. I really think it should be required reading for anyone exploring the subject of health and diets.

However, the narrator of the book lacks qualities of professional narrators. The tone is very encyclopedic. For instance, humor is often read with identical tone and inflection as scientific terminology without any clear consciousness conveyed about the actual material. Basically, this will sound as if a male Siri were reading with a Midwestern accent.

No offense to the performer but I hope this is redone with a veteran audio book narrator.

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  • Bill
  • 15-08-2017

Chore

This is an informational book so I in no way expected it to be entertaining. It is packed full of interesting information. My issue was that the reader is the worst I have encountered, he sounded almost monotone and had a very computer generated type voice...ugh, this made it a HUGE chore to listen to and as a result, took me forever to listen to.

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  • loli
  • 16-06-2018

Pretty awful performance

The book content was excellent. The reader was, well, awful. Don't folks listen to the performance before they release it for sale? The reader mispronounced so many words and his inflections were way off. It's okay to pause at the end of a sentence before you begin the next one.

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  • lnr08f
  • 21-08-2015

One of the best nutrition books out there

I've read a LOT of books on nutrition and this one is definitely top 3. The Paleolithic cure and eat for health are the other two that were really good

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  • D
  • 03-05-2015

Just the type of in the middle skepticism we need

There are too many widely biased books out there that fight to prove their specific diet is the best or there is a conspiracy theory with the usda. She avoids any type of fanaticism and teaches her reader how to also be objective and critical.

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  • E
  • 22-02-2015

The narrator makes the book dry

If you could sum up Death by Food Pyramid in three words, what would they be?
A dry voice

What did you like best about this story?
The information

What three words best describe David Minger’s performance?
Too dry, prefer Denise Minger narrating her own book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
A little i like The information she did her research very well.

Any additional comments?
I wish there was an app to change the voice it's hard to listen to dry performance. Sorry David Minger I prefer another voice i wish theres an app for that or I rather listen to Denise Minger.

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  • Blake Faulkner
  • 31-03-2020

Overall okay

Narrator was chosen solely because of relationship to author and was a poor choice.

Also author’s biases toward vegetarianism ( she’s vegan ) , is distorting
of actual facts against her views in that regard.

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  • David
  • 19-10-2019

Outstanding Book .... terrible narration

Fantastic book. Unprofessional hubby narrator. Horrible tempo. Syllables way way faster than pauses between words.

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  • Rafael Gonzalez
  • 06-06-2019

Good Information Poor Performance

This would have been better read as a regular book than as an audible book. Unfortunately the narrator's voice was too much to handle for the rest of the book. No expression pretty much.

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  • Lesley
  • 16-03-2016

Book seems fine but needs a better reader

I would suggest a professional actor for the next book, my wife and I could not listen to the book in the end.

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  • 7rym
  • 19-02-2016

Great writing, terrible performance

This book is well written and researched. The performance almost kept me from learning that. Everything is read with absolutely no empathy, absolutely dull and dreadful. The contents deserves better treatment. I really had to concentrate to not fall asleep through the entire book.

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  • Gareth Davies
  • 19-11-2019

A Groundbreaking Book

A long overdue book highlighting the inconsistencies of the world of nutrion. An important work.