I’m going to recommend a book on dietary fat. It shouldn’t be controversial, given it has very solid backing in research, but it is. It makes people and some industries uncomfortable but it’s becoming more accepted over time.
It was hard to find a book review that didn’t require a subscription, but here’s one from a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
This book should be read by every nutritional science professional as a guide to risks of hubris…and to the consequences of basing public policy on belief as opposed to evidence of positive, beneficial effects….All scientists should read it as an example of how limited science can become federal policy….Teicholz compiled a historical treatise on how scientific belief (vs. evidence), nongovernment organizations, food manufacturers, government agencies, and moneyed interests promised more than they could deliver and, in the process, quite possibly contributed to the current world-wide obesity epidemic.Book Review—American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
This blog is about birds and the book is about humans, but I strongly believe it’s applicable to birds. See human research applied to parrot diets.
People are more suspicious of industry and government and are focusing more on scientific research. One little tidbit from the book is that the American Heart Association was founded entirely from a donation from Proctor & Gamble, a company that benefitted immensely from pushing a diet that relied on vegetable oils that were among its biggest products. Food for thought.
This book is not just an author writing down her own thoughts and wanting us to accept it as fact. Some data on the book:
- 628 pages
- 108 pages containing over 900 research notes
- 67 pages containing over 800 bibliographic references
This is probably the most thoroughly researched and referenced book I’ve ever read. It references more peer-reviewed scientific research than any book I’ve ever read.
If only for your own health, it’s a great read, although not a page turner!
I will refer to the book in future posts and I believe that eventually more and more people will consider its conclusions for themselves and their birds.
We have to wonder why we follow the same dietary advice for ourselves and our birds, yet we are both obese and have liver disorders and diabetes.