I think we can be forgiven for feeling that all the dietary advice that dominates our headlines and magazines (even The Listener for heaven's sake) is confusing and often contradictory. Always at the forefront of trends, the library too has its fair share of titles to confuse and befuddle! At this point I hasten to add that this is part of our business, i.e. to purchase items that give information, different viewpoints and ideas etc. As a society we are concerned about obesity, fast foods and lack of exercise, and of course publishers are well aware of these trends as well.
Fat was the harbinger of all evil until about 8 to 10 years ago, now it's carbohydrates and its evil twin Sugar. However baking is still hugely popular with sugar always being a star component, although some Paleo books are doing their best to steal its thunder.
Low fat diets were considered essential for a healthy heart, but this book tells us that butter and fat actually make us slim!
We embraced whole grains to now being told we have Grain Brains...
The Paleo diet has been holding its own for a while now still topping the charts, although Pete Evans of My Kitchen Rules fame and the kingpin of Paleo did have his last book pulled from publication as it contained what was considered to be unsafe information. However paleo - and its cavemen and women - are covering all bases from smoothies, sweets, chocolate and fast foods, and of course Cavewomen Don't Get Fat.
Interestingly, recent title Proteinaholic : How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do about has come along to question paleo and its meaty companions ...
An acclaimed surgeon specializing in weight loss delivers a paradigm-shifting examination of the diet and health industry's focus on protein, explaining why it is detrimental to our health, and can prevent us from losing weight.
If all else fails we can always rely on insects - low fat, low sugar, full of protein and tasty. Yum.