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Publisher Description

What happens when you eat an apple? The answer is vastly more complex than you imagine.

Every apple contains thousands of antioxidants whose names, beyond a few like vitamin C, are unfamiliar to us, and each of these powerful chemicals has the potential to play an important role in supporting our health. They impact thousands upon thousands of metabolic reactions inside the human body. But calculating the specific influence of each of these chemicals isn’t nearly sufficient to explain the effect of the apple as a whole. Because almost every chemical can affect every other chemical, there is an almost infinite number of possible biological consequences—and that’s just from an apple.

Nutritional science, long stuck in a reductionist mindset, is at the cusp of a revolution. The traditional gold standard of nutrition research has been to study one chemical at a time in an attempt to determine its particular impact on the human body. These sorts of studies are helpful to food companies trying to prove there is a chemical in milk or prepackaged dinners that is “good” for us, but they provide little insight into the complexity of what actually happens in our bodies or how those chemicals contribute to our health.

In The China Study, T. Colin Campbell revolutionized the way we think about our food with the evidence that a whole food, plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat. Now, in Whole, he explains the science behind that evidence, the ways our current scientific paradigm ignores the fascinating complexity of the human body, and why, if we have such overwhelming evidence that everything we think we know about nutrition is wrong, our eating habits haven’t changed.

Whole is an eye-opening, paradigm-changing journey through cutting-edge thinking on nutrition, a scientific tour de force with powerful implications for our health and for our world.

Don Hagen
hr min
May 7
Blackstone Audio

Customer Reviews

chrisqmalibu ,

Bravo! Finally, the book that counts.

Finally the book that answers a few questions I have for years about food and health. Once I finishing listening, I immediately change my lifestyle. No more animal-based, oil, salt, sugar or any refined/precessed ingredients in my diet. The change was awesome. I'm an ultra runner and working towards 100 miles with 15,000' of elevation gain/loss per week. My energy level and health has never be better. The body performs much better and recovery/sleep is entirely better. I started right after Thanksgivings. I'm going to gift some friends this audiobook.

Rich upland ,


Whole and the China study were two of the most Life changing books I've ever read, I loved how Campbell articulated quips, tales, and facts to bring his nutritional truth the light, I was entertained and well informed and have recommended the book to many others.

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