Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine

Written by:
Robert H. Lustig
Narrated by:
Charles Constant

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2021
12 hours 3 minutes
The New York Times bestselling author of Fat Chance explains the eight pathologies that underlie all chronic disease, documents how processed food has impacted them to ruin our health, economy, and environment over the past 50 years, and proposes an urgent manifesto and strategy to cure both us and the planet.

Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric neuroendocrinologist who has long been on the cutting edge of medicine and science, challenges our current healthcare paradigm which has gone off the rails under the influence of Big Food, Big Pharma, and Big Government.

You can’t solve a problem if you don’t know what the problem is. One of Lustig’s singular gifts as a communicator is his ability to “connect the dots” for the general reader, in order to unpack the scientific data and concepts behind his arguments, as he tells the “real story of food” and “the story of real food.” 

Metabolical weaves the interconnected strands of nutrition, health/disease, medicine, environment, and society into a completely new fabric by proving on a scientific basis a series of iconoclastic revelations, among them: 

- Medicine for chronic disease treats symptoms, not the disease itself
- You can diagnose your own biochemical profile 
- Chronic diseases are not ''druggable,'' but they are ''foodable'' 
- Processed food isn’t just toxic, it’s addictive
- The war between vegan and keto is a false war—the combatants are on the same side
- Big Food, Big Pharma, and Big Government are on the other side

Making the case that food is the only lever we have to effect biochemical change to improve our health, Lustig explains what to eat based on two novel criteria: protect the liver, and feed the gut. He insists that if we do not fix our food and change the way we eat, we will continue to court chronic disease, bankrupt healthcare, and threaten the planet. But there is hope: this book explains what’s needed to fix all three.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.
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Darnell M.

Great nutritional information. But he didn't need the last chapter or 2 at all. To act like "Trump bad, Obama better" is faulty. They're all in the game and as George Carlin said, it's a big club and you ain't in it. I think after about Chapter 25 the rest of the book was skipable.

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Jason B.

I was excited about this book until he said “Trumps plan for healthcare was to let sick people die off” or something to that effect. This writer has been living in California too long and turned me off when he said that.

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Sathish S.

one of the best books on nutrition. wish all doctors read this

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Jennifer B.

Even better than “Fat Chance!” Dr. Lustig really drives the points home: you need to fix diet before you can fix healthcare. He explains how politicians, Big Food, and Big Pharma are killing us and profiting from our misery. I have a pretty solid understanding of these issues as well as the related physiology, but I always learn so much more from him. Life changing into, delivered in a very entertaining read (or listen…I did both). BEST HEALTH AND/OR NUTRITION BOOK AVAILABLE! Btw, I’ve heard many of his political comments criticized, but I think he was balanced. Lustig gives no preference to either side because neither is helping our current situation!!!!

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Olga V.

Amazing and helpful!

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