Dark Calories

How Vegetable Oils Destroy Our Health and How We Can Get It Back

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By Catherine Shanahan, MD

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The New York Times bestselling author of Deep Nutrition explains how a group of eight little-known oils cause the cellular damage that underlies virtually all chronic disease, exposes the corruption that deceives doctors and consumers into eating them, and gives us a clear roadmap to recovery and rejuvenation.

Did you know that eating  a large serving of french fries—cooked in vegetable oil—delivers the toxicity of smoking 24 cigarettes?

Cornell-trained biochemist turned family physician Dr. Cate Shanahan introduces us to well-respected scientists who warn that vegetable oils are a public health disaster, wreaking havoc on our bodies’ cells by depleting antioxidants and promoting free radical toxicity.

Their many effects include:
  • Uncontrollable hunger, so we need drugs to maintain our weight
  • Inflammatory fat buildup under our skin and within our internal organs and arteries
  • Blood sugar swings that promote bad moods and antisocial behavior
  • Disrupted brain energy, concentration problems, and mental illnesses
  • Intracellular oxidative stress that promotes cancer development
  • Gut inflammation, bloating, heartburn, and the runs
Americans were enticed into buying these oils based on their cholesterol-lowering property, but the idea that cholesterol-lowering is beneficial was pushed on us without solid evidence to support it. In Dark Calories, Dr. Cate reveals the financial entanglements between industry and underhanded academics who created and sustain our 1950s-era, arbitrary dietary rules.

As a solution, she proposes a clear, no-nonsense plan that aligns with our genetic needs and nature’s laws. Thankfully, recovering our health is simplified by the fact that nutrients that treat one condition also tend to treat all the rest. As an added bonus, we also revive our sense of taste so that our cravings shift to wholesome, nourishing foods instead.

Genre:

  • “Dr. Cate offers a compelling and eye-opening exploration into the harmful impacts of vegetable oils on our health, challenging widely held beliefs and shedding light on the root causes of many metabolic diseases. Her rigorous analysis and critique of the healthcare industry’s complicity in promoting these dangerous products, despite overwhelming evidence of their detrimental effects, is both brave and necessary. By empowering readers with knowledge and practical advice to reclaim their health through real food, Dark Calories stands as a beacon for those seeking to navigate the misinformation surrounding diet and nutrition, offering a clear path towards wellness and disease prevention.”
    David Perlmutter, MD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain, Drop Acid, and more
  • “Nobody else is focusing on the fact that 30 percent of our calories are now coming from oils that didn’t exist before the industrial era. Instead, we hear about 77 thousand different things we need to avoid. Dr. Cate makes life easier by spotlighting the one action that is the most life changing: avoiding the Hateful Eight toxic seed oils.”
    Mark Sisson, New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet
  • “In plain language, Dr. Cate spells out the science that documents the dangers of seed oils, and her sensible advice guides the reader through all the misinformation and conflicting dogmas about how to eat. Dark Calories is an invitation to join the growing community of people invested in creating true health.”
    Andrew Weil, MD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Spontaneous Healing, Healthy Aging, and more
  • “In Dark Calories, Dr. Cate does more than pull back the curtain to reveal the slow-poison in factory foods. She tears it down and sets it on fire.”
    Ken Berry, MD, author of Lies My Doctor Told Me: Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health
  • “Dr. Cate has taken a comprehensive look at our entire healthcare system. She explains complex chemistry in a way anyone can understand, the why of what we consider healthy, and the common myths about nutrition and medications. But most importantly, there are shopping lists, recipes, and suggested literature to further your nutritional journey. Reading Dark Calories and making the appropriate lifestyle modifications may be the most significant healthcare decision you will ever make.”
    Gary Vitti, NBA legend and former Head Athletic Trainer of the Los Angeles Lakers
  • “Dr. Cate has done it again. Diving into the sordid history of dangerous seed oils, collusion between big pharmaceutical companies and medicine, and the pervasive deception of the public, her new book reads at times like a historical spy novel. Driven by greed, our health has been sideswiped, bought and paid for by industries that have no care for their consequences on our health. Don’t enter a grocery store, restaurant, or especially a doctor’s office until you’ve read this stunning book.”
    Jeff Hays, American film director
  • Dr. Cate’s important book Dark Calories describes how the consumption of highly processed foods containing toxic vegetable oils and elevated sugar are contributing to the most common chronic disease seen in people today. The information presented will help people make better choices in food selections and lifestyle that can prevent most chronic diseases.”
     
    Thomas N. Seyfried, PhD, author of Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management, and Prevention of Cancer
  • “Listen up sports dietitians: you need to read this book to understand inflammation because what most of you guys were telling me didn’t work. I had the best health of my athletic career with the L.A. Lakers thanks to Dr. Cate.”
    Chris Kaman, retired NBA player

On Sale
Jun 11, 2024
Page Count
320 pages
Publisher
Hachette Go
ISBN-13
9780306832413

Catherine Shanahan, MD

About the Author

Physician-scientist Cate Shanahan, MD, synthesizes complex information into a flawlessly logical argument so that readers can become change-makers for a better world. Her works help to inspire entire movements, including bone broth, live-culture ferments (esp. kombucha), and seed oil-free business empires. Together with NBA legend Gary Vitti, she created the LA Lakers PRO Nutrition program, which has been emulated by elite championship teams around the planet. She runs a telehealth practice as well as a health-education website, DrCate.com, and lives with her family on a peaceful lake in Florida.

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