“Don’t Die Early” Reviewed by Tom Naughton, Creator of “Fat Head”

Tom Naughton, the creator of the documentary Fat Head has just posted a review of Don’t Die Early. Tom was kind enough to review a draft of Don’t Die Early and provide a blurb for the back cover and web site. Thank you, Tom. I’m honored by your review.

If you haven’t checked out Fat Head, buy it from Tom’s site. If you have seen Fat Head, consider buying some extra copies as gifts.

2 thoughts on ““Don’t Die Early” Reviewed by Tom Naughton, Creator of “Fat Head”

  1. Hey Rocky,
    Just received my copy of “Don’t Die Early” from Amazon and flew through the first chapter. Loving it so far and it’s great to see you reference some of my familiar favorites (William Davis, Al Sears, Gary Taubes, etc), and of course Tom Naughton, where it really all started for my wife and I with Fathead. In fact his website is where I discovered your book.
    I apologize in advance if maybe you’ve addressed this already in your book or on your site, but what are your thoughts on plain oatmeal in the diet? Im very back and forth with it for reasons Im sure you are aware. I hope this question doesn’t seem too trivial, but “Dont Die Early” already has me thinking of ways to fine-tune my diet to an even greater degree. Thanks for your opinion and sharing your experiences.

    Rick T

    • I’m glad that you’re enjoying the book! I, too, and thrilled to have discovered Naughton, Davis, Taubes, and their ilk. In a world that seems to have lost its mind when it comes to diet, nutrition, and health, I take great comfort that there are other voices of sanity out there!

      My answer may make more sense after you’ve finished reading Don’t Die Early, but the single biggest factor when deciding whether or not to enjoy oatmeal is its effect on your postprandial blood glucose. Some people are particularly sensitive and experience BG spikes upwards of 150 mg/dL and others much less so. There’s no way to know without testing.

      Also, from a lipid optimization standpoint, I believe oat bran is more beneficial and it also promotes far less of a glucose rise than oatmeal. And, obviously, not all oat products are created equal, with some being much higher glycemic than others.

      Some people will add some flax seeds or flax seed meal to their oat bran, too, for the additional benefits and to further lower its glucose promoting effects.

      While someone as informed as you isn’t likely to do this, I’ve seen many people add oatmeal or oat bran to their diet and offset whatever benefits it brings by adding a bunch of brown sugar or other glucose-promoting sweeteners to it.

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