An acclaimed nutrition educator reveals how the foods you’re eating to get healthy might be making you sick.
“Sally Norton’s well-researched book makes a truly important contribution to the literature in revealing just how much oxalates can damage the human body.”—Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise
If you’re eating a healthy diet and you’re still dealing with fatigue, inflammation, anxiety, recurrent injuries, or chronic pain, the problem could be your spinach, almonds, sweet potatoes, and other trusted plant foods. And your key to vibrant health may be quitting these so-called superfoods.
After suffering for decades from chronic health problems, nutrition educator Sally K. Norton, MPH, discovered that the culprits were the chemical toxins called oxalates lurking within her “healthy,” organic plant-heavy diet. She shines light on how our modern diets are overloaded with oxalates and offers fresh solutions including:
• A complete, research-backed program to safely reverse your oxalate load
• Comprehensive charts and resources on foods to avoid and better alternatives
• Guidance to improve your energy, optimize mood and brain performance, and find true relief from chronic pain
In this groundbreaking guide, Norton reveals that the popular dictum to “eat more plants” can be misleading. Toxic Superfoods gives health-seekers a chance for improved energy, optimum brain performance, graceful aging, and true relief from chronic pain.
This informative if blinkered debut by health consultant Norton contends that oxalates, or chemical toxins produced by many commonly eaten plants, are poisonous and "destructive to your health." Norton explains that oxalates—found in high concentrations in such foods as spinach, beet greens, chard, and almonds—help plants save carbon, but the chemicals also serve as a defense system by taking the shape of "spiky ‘disco balls' " that irritate the mouth and digestive tract. Adopting a low-oxalate diet, the author suggests, can help with such health problems as hypothyroidism and chronic fatigue, in addition to improving concentration and sleep quality, and she recounts how cutting high-oxalate foods out of her diet resolved her chronic joint pain. The extensive charts showing the oxalate content of various foods make it easy to follow a low-oxalate diet, but Norton's single-solution approach leans toward proselytizing, with over-the-top client testimonials peppered throughout ("I just wanted to let you know how blown away I am by the complete pain relief.... BLESS YOU, WOMAN") and little consideration given to balancing low oxalate intake with other dietary and nutritional considerations. Though this sometimes veers close to touting a miracle cure, readers who keep the advice in perspective will find a straightforward resource for potentially curbing a host of symptoms.
Sally K Norton knows what real health is. She is a real hero. I highly recommend reading this book.
What an eye-opener! Plants are really trying to kill you. Lively writing. Thoroughly researched. Practical advice.