April Sponsor Shout Out Post

Welcome to my April sponsor shout out post! Please join me in showing this month’s sponsor some love. If you have a blog, small business, or Etsy shop to promote and are interested in becoming a fANNEtastic sponsor, check out my sponsor page for more details! I’m finalizing my sponsors for May right now and would love to have you.



Just one sponsor on the docket this month – sharing some love for Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, the follow up book to T. Colin Campbell’s mega-hit The China Study (which I’ve been meaning to read!).


About the book from their website:

In 2005, Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s The China Study — backed by the most extensive study of nutrition ever conducted and bolstered by dozens of additional studies and cases — gave us a simple but powerful answer: The key to good health is nutrition.

Dr. Campbell’s upcoming book, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, picks up where The China Study left off. Whole takes decades of research about a plant-based diet and reveals the “wholistic” workings of nutrition. It’s a journey into cutting-edge nutrition, led by one of the masters of the science. It has already been endorsed by Brian Wendel, creator and executive producer of Forks Over Knives and Neal Barnard, founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Sounds fascinating, right? They’re sending me a copy and I can’t wait to read it – it officially comes out on May 7th! For more information on the book, click here, and for more information on the pre-order incentive they’re currently running click here.

Have any of you read The China Study? What did you think?


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    I haven’t read the whole book, but when I was checking it out I looked up a lot of the criticism of it (you know, to be well rounded. :-)) What I found convinced me that reading the book would probably be a waste of my time. I’m not sure the conclusions Campbell comes to really match up with the data, from what I read. (For one thing, apparently none of the Chinese communities he studied were vegan.) This woman in particular did a lot of research into the China Study:

    Anyway, I’m a long time reader and am just curious, now that you have your RD degree, what your thoughts are on saturated fats. I have been reading a lot about the health benefits of full fat dairy (and why things like nonfat milk are basically nutritionally void, due to the fat-soluble vitamins and nutrients in dairy) — just wondering what an actual RD thinks. Thoughts? (FWIW I have been eating full fat dairy for several months now — whole milk and yogurt — and it’s been fantastic. No weight gained whatsoever, and I feel satisfied.)

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      It’s definitely good to check both rave reviews and criticism for books! :) I’ll check out that link you sent – thanks.

      Regarding fat intake, I’m definitely on the “fat is awesome” train. Most of my fat intake comes from the “healthy” fats, like nuts, seeds, avocado, and fish, but I’m of the school of thought that saturated fat isn’t the devil it was made out to be. Since going back to school, I switched from skim milk to 2%, and I buy full fat cheese products. Skim milk isn’t nutritionally void because it does have protein, but the fat soluble vitamins do need some fat to be absorbed, so you’ll certainly get less of those if you’re having skim milk without anything else that has fat in it, because the body needs fat to absorb it. The only thing I haven’t switched fully yet is Greek yogurt because a lot of my favorite flavors are fat free – but I wish they’d make more at least of the 2% option! I mean obviously it wouldn’t be smart to eat mass quantities of things with saturated fat all day long, but that’s the same with other foods, too – it’s all about everything in moderation and fat is included in that. But yeah, I believe that it’s better to have the real, fuller fat version vs. a diet version, especially because if the fat content is still there it tastes better and that means you don’t need to add sugar and things to make it taste good! Exhibit A: skim milk lattes vs. whole milk lattes. No sugar needed for the whole or even 2% lattes!

      Thanks for the interesting and thought provoking comment!

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    Roadrunner says:

    Looks like a great book; thanks for the tip!

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    I have read the China Study and am reading it again so that I can do a review about it on my blog before I read Whole. The China Study is definitely a long read with a lot of scientific imformation. What we eat obviously plays a role in our health in a big way, and for some maybe vegan or a more plant based diet is the way to go, but for others, if we just eat whole, natural foods (anything that came from the earth), then we can be healthy too. It’s all the processed, convenient food that is the problem.

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    It’s on my reading list, but I haven’t quite gotten to it yet. I’m excited to hear your review of Whole! It sounds like a really interesting and informative book.

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    A tough subject for me because the book turns a ton of people vegan; indeed, it really cemented my own choice to go vegan when I was hovering on the precipice (I still ate yogurt and goat cheese, and the book made me leery of animal protein to the extent that I was happy to let go of them).

    I find both Denise Minger’s criticism AND Colin Campbells’ response to be well researched and persuasive. That said, Minger’s criticisms have been echoed by most of the people I know who are involved with scientific research. I don’t (yet) have the research capacities to judge how much cherry picking is involved in Campbell’s research, but that’s the principle concern. I also find it someone hard to believe that all casein is a cancer promoter — intuitively speaking, that doesn’t feel right to me, given that the evidence points to our evolution as omnivores. Then again, establishing scientific fact is not a matter of intuition, it’s a matter of research!

    As a staunch AR vegan, of course, I am thrilled to support any publication that makes the case for vegan diet. But I also believe that vegans have a duty to align themselves 100% with the best scientific knowledge we have. One day, I’ll be able to asses TCS with an experienced knowledge of how to work with research data! Till then, I both respect the book and also am willing to hear criticism.

    As a side note, I’ll say that I do not find the anti-oil stance persuasive at all; the vast majority of research on healthy mono- and polyunsaturated oils points to their potential benefits in an otherwise balanced diet.


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