Monday, June 15, 2015

The Anticancer Diet

The Anticancer Diet: Reduce Cancer Risk Through the Foods You Eat 
By Dr. David Khayat
W.W. Norton and Company, 2015. 288 pgs. Nonfiction.

Chapter by chapter, oncologist David Khayat analyzes various foods’ tendencies to either increase or decrease cancer risk. In addition to devoting chapters to broader food groups such as dairy, meat, produce, and fish, he provides a helpful appendix listing dozens of individual foods and their effect on cancer probability. He does gloss over grains and prepared foods, however, to focus solely on whole, unprocessed items.

I was impressed by Khayat’s oncology credentials in both research and patient care, and because of this I felt that his book was a more trustworthy source than other similar books might be. Apart from the omissions mentioned above, he carefully cites major clinical studies for every claim he makes. As a result, his writing could occasionally be a little jargony, but in these cases he warns the reader to skip ahead a few pages if desired to avoid especially detailed medical information. Overall, The Anticancer Diet was readable, informative, and a useful reference. Much of it was common sense, and I especially appreciated Khayat’s moderate approach toward food, which avoids the extremism one might expect from a book with “diet” in the title.


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