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Metabolical: The Truth About Processed Food and How it Poisons People and the Planet

"Metabolical lays bare the depth of the relationship between the recent and profound perversion of the human diet and its overwhelming health consequences." Dr David Perlmutter, author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Grain Brain and Brain Wash.









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Did you know that 62% of the food in our supermarkets is not only processed but 'ultra-processed' (ingredients from other foods are combined to make something 'new', often in colours that do not exist in nature)?

Did you know data shows that by eating this kind of food over time we are literally slowly poisoning ourselves?

In the hard-hitting, ground-breaking tradition of his NY Times bestseller FAT CHANCE, which revealed the dangers of sugar, Dr Robert Lustig persuasively presents a stark exposé of how our addiction to processed foods (aided and abetted by the food industry, big ag, big pharma, institutional medicine and the government) is behind the lethal increase in major non-communicable diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver disease, cancer and dementia. We have come to accept that these chronic diseases are simply part of the 'natural ageing process', but Dr Lustig makes the case that this is simply not true.

The solution on both a personal and societal level is a return to unprocessed food and Dr Lustig offers a doable plan for us to heal and restore our own health and wellbeing with real food, and in the process boosting our immunity to viruses like Covid-19.

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What our readers are saying

"We're not just eating ourselves to death, we're eating the planet to death. Metabolical explains why, and why we've been so impotent at dealing with both."

Katie Couric


"A modern Copernicus, Dr. Robert Lustig has provided both the expertise to recognize the charade of processed food and the courage to tell the truth."

Dale E. Bredesen, MD


"Robert Lustig has treated the casualties, and now he's going after the perpetrators."

Raj Patel, PhD

Social Activist and Author

About Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL

Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL, is the editor of the academic volume Obesity Before Birth and the internationally acclaimed author of the popular works Fat Chance, Sugar Has 56 Names, The Fat Chance Cookbook, and The Hacking of the American Mind. He is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and a member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. He lectures globally and consults with numerous medical societies and policy organizations to improve population health. He lives with his family in San Francisco.

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