Queen of Fats

  • by Susan Allport
  • Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
  • 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A nutritional whodunit that takes listeners from Greenland to Africa to Israel, The Queen of Fats gives a fascinating account of how we have become deficient in a nutrient that is essential for good health: the fatty acids know as omega-3s. Writing with intelligence and passion, Susan Allport tells the story of these vital fats, which are abundant in greens and fish, among other foods. She describes how scientists came to understand the role of omega-3s in our diet, why commercial processing has removed them from the food we eat, and what the tremendous consequences have been for our health.
In many Western countries, epidemics of inflammatory diseases and metabolic disorders have been traced to omega-3 deficiencies. The Queen of Fats provides information for every consumer who wants to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and obesity and to improve brain function and overall health. This important and compelling investigation into the discovery, science, and politics of omega-3s will transform our thinking about what we should be eating.
Includes steps you can take to add omega-3s to your diet. Shows why eating fish is not the only way, or even the best way, to increase omega-3s. Provides a new way to understand the complex advice about the role and importance of fats in the body. Explains how and why the food industry has created a deadly imbalance of fats in our foods. Shows how omega-3s can be reintroduced to our diet through food enrichment and changes in the feeding of livestock. The book is published by University of California Press.


What the Critics Say

"The Queen of Fats is a fascinating nutritional detective story delivering a big surprise: how one of the most important changes to the diet wrought by industrialization of food went unnoticed. But if Allport is right, the disappearance of omega-3s from the Western diet is the key to understanding why that diet is making us so sick." (Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dillema)


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Customer Reviews

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An excellent breakdown of Omega3

If you could sum up Queen of Fats in three words, what would they be?

A hugely informative listen to the why, how & what of right types of fats you ought to be putting in your body. Essential fatty acids are the cornerstone to living a long, healthy & happy life, this book takes you through a logical & sequential journey of the history of Omega3 & dispels many myths & common misconceptions along the way.

What did you like best about this story?

It's seriously well researched & documented.

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Blown away with the depth & quality of content in this book...

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- TheVikingGeneral

Informative and well read.

I found the book easy to listen to, and very informative. I been through it a couple of times and glean more from it each time.

A must have if health/nutrition is your interest/s.
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- Vaughan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-11-2010
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks