Grain of Salt, A by Dr. Joe Schwarcz, ECW Press

A Grain of Salt: The Science and Pseudoscience of What We Eat

Schwarcz, Dr. Joe

  • “This enlightening collection offers every reader something new to learn and marvel over.” — Booklist

    Bestselling popular science author Dr. Joe Schwarcz debunks the baloney and serves up the raw facts in this appetizing collection about the things we eat

    Eating has become a confusing experience. Should we follow a keto diet? Is sugar the next tobacco? Does fermented cabbage juice cure disease? Are lectins toxic? Is drinking poppy seed tea risky? What’s with probiotics? Can packaging contaminate food? Should our nuts be activated? What is cockroach milk?

    We all have questions, and Dr. Joe Schwarcz has the answers, some of which will astonish you. This collection is guaranteed to satisfy your hunger for palatable and relevant scientific information as Dr. Joe separates fact from fiction with an assortment of new and updated articles about what to eat, what not to eat, and how to recognize the scientific basis of food chemistry.


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  • Dr. Joe Schwarcz is director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, dedicated to demystifying science and separating sense from nonsense. He is a popular lecturer, both to students and to the larger public. He hosts The Dr. Joe Show on Montreal radio and is the author of 16 bestselling titles. Dr. Joe lives in Montreal, Quebec.

  • Published: October 2019

    ISBN: 9781770414754

    Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 in.

    Pages: 312


“Schwarcz's light touches of humor make the scientific information feel accessible and ensure that it's entertaining. With enough facts to soothe anxious, health-conscious individuals as well as some good tidbits to share, this enlightening collection offers every reader something new to learn and marvel over.” — Booklist

“Readers hoping for light laughs should enjoy this book.” — Publishers Weekly