Book Review Sunday – Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine

This week Stoked Wallet reviews Dr. Lustig’s controversial book Metabolical and how it beneficial to being a well rounded and healthy investor who saves money at the grocery store and on healthcare costs.

Dr. Robert Lustig in his third book doesn’t pull any punches against a variety of societal causes for the metabolic syndrome and it’s downstream effects like diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and cancer. Why did I choose this for a Finance Blog? Well as they say health is wealth and reading this you will learn more about cell pathology and endocrinology in a day than you could learn watching 20 health and wellness podcasts. Dr. Lustig really distills 30 years of his work and his colleagues in the field and discusses how the nexus of science, big industry (e.g. agribusiness, processed foods, big pharma, the medical industry), and government have all led to the explosion of metabolic syndrome from the 1980s onward and what the reader can do to take their health in their own hands. My personal favorite chapter ironically was not “Real Food Is Good for the Wallet” but “The Case for Real Food” which detailed how an app currently on the market Foogal, which Dr. Lustig is the Chief Medical Officer for, is developing a system where your grocery cart of healthy items for your genetic profile is billed to your insurance and that insurance will be happy to pay for it since metabolic syndrome is responsible for nearly 2 trillion in healthcare costs or 75% of all healthcare costs and it is preventable. It sounds like a 360 degree win for consumers, local grocers, Medicare/Medicaid, and insurance companies and the only losers are the processed food industry and big pharma profiting off the American public being sick. You will find facts in this book which will update your daily decisions for a healthier body and mind and get a glimpse at future movements in food which can help you develop a new investment thesis.

Price: $25

Rating: 4.5/5

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