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5 Health Books You Don't Need To Read Because We Did

Our holiday health reading.
Our holiday health reading.

This time of year publishers send a ton of books to Shots HQ. A lot of them have advice on what to eat, or not.

Now we finally have a little time to dig through the pile and review some of them -- as quickly as possible.

Here goes speed dating meets literary criticism.

by Heli Perrret

Food is scary. "Risky food is everywhere." Deal with it.

The NEW! Abs Diet by David Zinczenko with Ted Spiker

Belly fat is dangerous. "The average American is carrying around 30 billion fat cells." Eat smart, exercise some and find your abs.

The Lean Belly Prescription by Dr. Travis Stork (one of those ) with Peter Moore

Belly fat is a killer. "Dr. Travis's Eight Laws of Leanness: Pick 3 To Lean!" Eat smart, exercise some and lose your belly.

The New Evolution Diet by Arthur De Vany

Cro-Magnon didn't have belly fat. "We are, in essence, hardwired to be lazy overeaters." Avoid foods that didn't exist in 40,000 B.C., embrace your inner carnivore and exercise in short, intense bursts.

by David Haviland

There are a lot of weird and disgusting health facts you haven't cared about since you were 10. "Was Hitler addicted to crystal meth?" Yes, apparently his personal doctor laced the Fuehrer's vitamin injections with methamphetamine.

Bonus Book That's Not Really About Health, But Is Really Cool And Has Some Amazing Health Implications Anyway:

Radioactive by Lauren Redniss

Scientists Marie and Pierre Curie were not concerned with belly fat. "Marie: 'I coined the word radioactivity.' " Working unprotected with radioactive material -- and sleeping with a jar of radium by your pillow -- is intellectually exhilarating but not good for your health.

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Scott Hensley edits stories about health, biomedical research and pharmaceuticals for NPR's Science desk. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he has led the desk's reporting on the development of vaccines against the coronavirus.