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Book Review: ‘My Beef With Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet’ by Rip Esselstyn

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My Beef With Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet by Rip Esselstyn is an important resource for people who want to make more optimal food choices.

A beauty of this book is that the author focuses on classic high nutrient choices for providing mineral supplementation such as broccoli, which is rich in calcium. Tofu and collard greens are calcium-rich too. There are other superfoods. For instance, flaxseed is an omega superstar.

The author explains why grass-fed cattle produce better beef than grain-fed cattle.

The author tells us that shopping for whole grain, vegetables, fruits, soy and legumes results in food consumption that has less inflammatory response within the body chemistry.

Quinoa is a better choice than gluten-based wheat. Quinoa has lysine, manganese, magnesium, natural calcium and phosphorus. In fact, the Incas considered it to be “the mother of all grains”.

The author explains how certain fruits are high in protein. Examples are peaches and strawberries. Potatoes are nutrient-rich with plenty of vitamin K. Similarly, dark chocolate is high in anti-oxidants.

At the end of the book, the author provides sample diets that are nutrient-packed and low in sugar and bad fats. Examples are pumpkin muffins, mushoom pizza, hummus and flatbread burritos. Flatbread is a better dietary choice because it is lower in carbs. Where relevant, many of these preparations can be made with natural sweetners such as stevia, cinnamon or anise.

My Beef With Meat by Rip Esselstyn is an important dietary resource for patients and their physicians. The book is well written with many examples of specific foods mapped to their nutrient content. The author has provided a number of popular food preparations that are high in nutrients while being low in bad fats and sugar.

The book is well written and brief enough to be read quickly.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.