- Title: Ultra-Processed People: The Science Behind Food that Isn’t Food
- Author: Chris van Tulleken
- Year: 2023
- Type: Nonfiction
In the past few years I’ve finally been able to transition my diet to one that’s largely home-cooked from whole or minimally-processed ingredients. After reading this book, I’m more resolved than ever to maintain that trend.
The work is impeccably researched. Only a little over 70% of it is the book narrative, with the remainder for citations and index. For each claim made in the text, there was at least one and usually several peer-reviewed papers to support it. The author also went out of his way to cry foul when “scholars” publish without divulging all (or any) of their industry conflicts of interest.
I enjoyed this book a great deal. Despite its complex and highly scientific topic, it was an engaging read. I’d not heard of the author prior to this (I guess he’s famous in the UK), but I really liked his writing style a lot. Unpretentious, relatable, clear.