Book Review: Eating on the Wild Side

On a recent Saturday afternoon while in Barnes and Noble bookstore I was using my iPhone to take a few pictures of a couple interesting pages from a new nutrition book. As I tried to walk the isles and read (trying to build-up my daily Fitbit steps) I found myself taking more and more pictures of various pages. I finally decided to just buy this great book, Jo Robinson’s Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health (Little Brown & Company, 2013, 407 pages, $16). Come to find out Robinson, who is a health writer, has already been winning book awards with her book that was published in May (as a paperback) and has now reached bestseller status.

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I have always been interested in the nutritional value of specific foods, what they typically lose when consumed too soon/late and the phytonutrients that are lost when over-cooked or when the wrong “type” is eaten. Author Robinson hits on these topics and much more in her excellent work. Her heavily referenced book (26 pages worth) goes into detail about the fruits and vegetables we consume. Her book is broken into two sections: chapters 1-9 focus on vegetables while chapters 10-17 focus on fruits.

The author states that if we were to consume more wild species of certain fruits and vegetables we would obtain more phytonutrients, antioxidants and we would not need to take any type of supplements. For example, “one species of wild tomato, has fifteen times more lycopene than the typical supermarket tomato”. Even tomatoes that sit side by side in a typical supermarket can differ dramatically in their nutritional make-up. If you’re interested in finding out what brand of tomato has ten times the amounts of phytonutrients compared to another brand and much more, then you should check out her book and take that walk on the wild side.

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