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It's not just a "must read" -- it's a "must own".
Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2020
There are few books-- other than the annual "Jack Reacher" novel-- that i've looked forward to more than Sacred Cow. I pre-ordered it and started reading within hours of getting it.
And i have not been able to put it down.
This is not just a "must read", it's a "must-own" and here's why.
If you're like me, you lament the extreme partisanship that's taken over the nutrition world. Vegans and carnivores have become like red states and blue states, and discussion and exchange about these wildly emotionally charged issues (i.e. to eat or not eat meat, the care and feeding of the planet) is becoming more and more difficult.
You either take your team's tribal talking points, or you go to "the other side".
Robb and Diana have done neither. They present the reasonable, rational and often surprising truth about meat eating, NOT in an agenda-driven agitprop way, but as interested parties open-mindedly seeking to get as close to "the truth" as you can in a field so highly influenced (and understandably so) by emotion.
I happen to support that position. As a dyed-in-the-wool animal lover it pains me to say this but i believe that the human genus-- which has been on the planet for between 2.4 and 2.6 million years-- simply does better with some animal products in our diet.
But that is a hard case to make at the dinner table-- even when you're a published author and nutritionist-- in the face of angry arguments about what meat does to the planet and how it causes cancer and heart disease.
Robb and Diana explore every one of those arguments and they do so fairly, cogently, thoroughly....and without raising their collective "voice".
That's why I say this is a "must own". If you're ever called upon to refute some of the arguments against eating meat-- as I am constantly-- you will want this book handy as a reference. I know I will!
Finally, one more bunch o' kudos: Robb and Diana come to some conclusions that neither "side" of the meat debate are going to love. But they sincerely want to get to the facts about stuff-- even when those facts may throw doubt on some of their own previous conclusions. That makes them remarkably reliable and trustworthy, at least to me.
I'm truly going to recommend this book to everyone.
Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS
author, "Living Low Carb", "The Great Cholesterol Myth"