The Future of Nutrition: An Insider's Look at the Science, Why We Keep Getting It Wrong, and How to Start Getting It Right (Hardcover)

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2020 Foreword Indie Award Winner in the “Health” Category

From the coauthor of The China Study and author of the New York Times bestselling follow-up, Whole

Despite extensive research and overwhelming public information on nutrition and health science, we are more confused than ever—about the foods we eat, what good nutrition looks like, and what it can do for our health.

In The Future of Nutrition, T. Colin Campbell cuts through the noise with an in-depth analysis of our historical relationship to the food we eat, the source of our present information overload, and what our current path means for the future—both for individual health and society as a whole.

In these pages, Campbell takes on the institution of nutrition itself, unpacking: 

   • Why the institutional emphasis on individual nutrients (instead of whole foods) as a means to explain nutrition has had catastrophic consequences
   • How our reverence for "high quality" animal protein has distorted our understanding of cholesterol, saturated fat, unsaturated fat, environmental carcinogens, and more
   • Why mainstream food and nutrient recommendations and public policy favor corporate interests over that of personal and planetary health 
   • How we can ensure that public nutrition literacy can prevent and treat personal illness more effectively and economically 


The Future of Nutrition offers a fascinating deep-dive behind the curtain of the field of nutrition—with implications both for our health and for the practice of science itself.

About the Author


For more than 40 years, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, has been at the forefront of nutrition research. His legacy, the China Study, is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. Dr. Campbell is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. He has received more than 70 grant years of peer-reviewed research funding and authored more than 300 research papers. The China Study was the culmination of a 20-year partnership of Cornell University, Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine.

Nelson Disla is a writer and editor. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied English. He has worked for non-profit organizations, small businesses, and local government.

Praise For…


"Just finished this book and can't stop talking about it to whomever will listen to me. It is fantastic. Colin Campbell's latest masterpiece on whole food, plant-based (WFPB) nutrition is a must read for anybody interested in understanding health, cancer, and how a proven lifestyle has become so controversial. Campbell sets the tone for how WFPB can guide us toward optimal living."
David Feinberg, MD, head of Google Health

"Dr. Campbell serves up a sweeping historical survey of the literature on diet and health, brilliantly exploring the institutional biases that have long confused consumers and subverted the science as to the power of evidence-based nutrition to prevent and treat disease. Couldn't put the book down!"

Michael Greger, MD, bestselling author of How Not to Die

"The Future of Nutrition is Campbell's magnum opus and will leave you rethinking how you discuss healthy eating, what you hear about dietary guidelines, and what's in your next bite. This is a must-read for everyone who is serious about nutrition and wants a unique behind-the-scenes understanding of a foe-ridden field through the eyes of a pioneer."

William W. Li, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Eat to Beat Disease and president and medical director of the Angiogenesis Foundation

"Dr. Campbell, the pioneering researcher whose earlier published findings in The China Study on the benefits of plant-based versus animal-based foods ‘fired the shot heard round the world,' does it again in The Future of Nutrition. This book is a must-read for many reasons, the main one being that our health and our lives depend on us acting on the tipping point evidence that Dr. Campbell provides."

Ruth Heidrich, PhD, WFPB Ironman triathlete and author of A Race For Life and Senior Fitness

"As a cellist, I know that true music is much more than the parts. An inexplicable magic occurs when there is harmony between the physical and spiritual. After reading this book, the truth of wholism and living at one with nature became much more than well documented science. Everything came together as a whole and made music. This book had a huge impact on me. I think it will change many lives for the better."

Daniel Domb, cello soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and The Three Tenors, and recitalist at Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, and Wigmore Hall

"Dr. Colin Campbell, the quintessential scientist and nutrition researcher, steps us through the radical controversy and confusion surrounding nutrition and cancer research. Dr. Campbell eloquently unpacks the science of nutrition and its far-reaching potential to prevent, reverse, and treat chronic disease. The Future of Nutrition is a critical read for those seeking to improve their health, their community, and the planet!"

Michael C. Hollie, MD, FACLM, speaker for Dinner with the Doctor

"At the time of this writing, the United States and most of the world is in the midst of a viral pandemic that has exposed our general poor health and disrupted our way of living. The time has come for the medical community to acknowledge the indisputable evidence of the power of plant-based nutrition in removing the grip that chronic illness has on our lives. This book is a must-read for physicians, medical scientists, and the general public."

Baxter Montgomery, MD, FACC, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology/Cardiac Electrophysiology, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston 

"Colin Campbell is a scientist specializing in nutrition. So what? Well, he also happens to be one of the world's leading experts in his field, but there's more. As he explains in this book, genuine nutritional scientists are surprisingly rare nowadays, because the entire edifice of food science is thoroughly corrupt, from top to bottom."

Gordon Mackenzie, first-class degree in philosophy from Durham University (UK), English teacher in eastern Europe, and translator in France and Belgium

"Buckle up for an incredible ride! The Future of Nutrition gives the reader an unvarnished front row view of the forces that have had profound influence, for better or for worse, on the food we literally place at the end of our forks . . . Unapologetically upending orthodoxy and prevailing norms, this incredible adventure concludes with powerful calls to action."

Robert Ostfeld, MD, MSc, FACC, professor of medicine and director of preventive cardiology for the Montefiore Health System

"Since 1960, Dr. Campbell's work has cast an ever-brightening light into the darkness of nutritional science—and his sixty-year journey is documented in this meticulously referenced book . . . If we cannot take the animal out of the equation when it comes to feeding ourselves, we will never learn to live in harmony with nature—thereby placing the future of our civilization (and our species) in serious jeopardy. As such, if we Homo sapiens somehow manage to save ourselves from extinction—much of the credit should go to T. Colin Campbell."

J. Morris Hicks, author of OutcryHealthy Eating, Healthy World and the 4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health

"In The Future of Nutrition, Dr. T. Colin Campbell synthesizes a comprehensive overview of the difficulty in disseminating nutritional information to the public in a manner that they can listen, hear, and change."

—Craig H. Zalvan, MD, FACS, Chief of Otolaryngology and Medical Director, The Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders at Phelps Hospital


Product Details
ISBN: 9781950665709
ISBN-10: 1950665704
Publisher: BenBella Books
Publication Date: December 15th, 2020
Pages: 336
Language: English