Plant-Based, Meat-Based and Between

Ways of Eating for Your Health and Our World

Non-Fiction - Health - Fitness
156 Pages
Reviewed on 04/25/2023
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Author Biography

Gennady Ermak is a scientist and writer. He holds a Ph.D. in biology and has conducted research at several science centers, including the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, USA) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Zurich, Switzerland). In 2012, he transformed his career from research to writing. His publications encompass biology, medicine and social issues. He is the author of several books and over 50 scientific articles.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Over the years, there has been a noticeable focus on obesity and other health-related issues, which has prompted much research and discussion on people's food habits. Gennady Ermak, a biologist and author of over 50 research articles and several books, offers an A-Z guidebook -- Plant-Based, Meat-Based and Between -- to help audiences understand their dietary needs and find the food sources that can best take care of those needs with plant-based, meat-based, and between food. In addition, Ermak provides an in-depth examination of the moral, ethical, religious, environmental, and health impact of meat consumption, as well as showing ways of more humane eating practices that include regulations, using labels to determine humanely produced animal products, exploring alternative foods, and much more. He also lists the benefits and drawbacks of eating fish, eggs, different fruits, and vegetables and tackles the health concerns regarding animal-based and plant-based diets.

Gennady Ermak points out that some of the oldest implementations of vegetarianism and veganism are in three of India's most ancient religions, including Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. Plant-Based, Meat-Based and Between is a thorough study of the dietary practices that lead to a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle while maintaining humane eating habits that promote animal welfare and environmental consideration. One of the chapters sheds light on how animals perceive pain and explores the methods and practices we can employ to relieve animals of such pain and stress. As people become more aware and supportive of alternative food sources, guides like this have become increasingly relevant for our times. Highly recommended.

Kayleigh Perumal

Plant-Based, Meat-Based and Between: Ways of Eating for Your Health and Our World by Gennady Ermak provides an overview of people’s motivations for eating meat, becoming vegetarian, or being a flexitarian. The author demystifies several common misconceptions about plant-based lifestyles, such as lacking sufficient protein and vitamins or causing weight gain. They also acknowledge that most people will not decide to become vegan/vegetarian, even though it is better for the environment and saves many animals from pain and suffering. However, they propose a few ways that we can eat more humanely. This includes improving how animals are raised and slaughtered, which should be enforced by creating stricter laws and regulations. Ermak also believes we should simplify food labels and make them more common so that we can make educated decisions about the type of products we buy. Additionally, we should continue creating alternative foods to substitute animal products.

Gennady Ermak’s book is structured well, and each section is easy to follow. I appreciated the balanced arguments and that different perspectives were explored in great depth. I also liked the author’s salient observations about various diets, such as keto, Atkins, and paleo. The author investigates the relationship between our eating decisions, well-being, and the planet. One of the book’s key highlights is its practical guidance, even for those not necessarily well-versed in nutrition. It aids readers on how to adopt simple strategies to make conscious food choices. The book is well-researched, highly informative, and substantiated with scientific evidence and facts.

Joe Wisinski

Plant-Based, Meat-Based and Between by Gennady Ermak, Ph.D. is a detailed examination of a vegetarian versus omnivore diet. The author’s goal is to put the available information in one place. Chapter titles include Nutrition and Your Health, How We Raise and Kill Animals, and Ways to a More Humane Eating. Topics include the history of why people eat what they do, health concerns of different diets, the possible relationship between diet and depression, and many more. Much of the book is devoted to how animals are raised and killed for food. It concludes with Ermak’s personal experience in changing his diet, a glossary of related terms, an extensive list of references, and an index. Ermak holds a Ph.D. in biology and is a meat eater turned vegetarian.

Plant-Based, Meat-Based and Between by Gennady Ermak, Ph.D. is a fascinating book. It is extraordinarily well-researched and documented, yet written in easy-to-understand language. Although the author is passionate about his choice to live a vegetarian lifestyle, he’s never preachy or demanding. Instead, he lays out the facts and allows us to choose. He does an excellent job of looking at both sides of the debate. You may or may not change your dietary lifestyle after reading it, but everyone needs to read this book so they can make an informed choice about what they eat. I highly recommend it to everyone, whether meat eaters or vegetarians. It’s eye-opening, educational, and thought-provoking.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

Plant-Based, Meat-Based and Between is a book by Gennady Ermak. The author explains different types of diets and some of the reasons behind a particular choice, both sides of the debate on red meat, foods with the benefits and possible disadvantages of eating them a little or too much. A large section of the book is devoted to the debate about whether vertebrates and invertebrates can feel pain, and reasonable arguments are discussed at length on the topic. Ermak suggests vegan and vegetarian recipes and provides a link to seventy dishes.

Gennady Ermak has written a comprehensive book for diets that will make health and nutrition easier to understand, as he presents arguments for eating meat and raises good points against them, like cutting global greenhouse emissions by almost seventy percent. He informs readers that labels can be misleading, mentions ways to cut food waste, and discusses alternative foods and the average person’s access to them. The author seeks to clarify the misinformation surrounding organic farming and speaks from his experience farming and raising animals in his childhood. Ermak holds a doctorate in biology, so the reader can be certain he has studied the science involved in the text extensively. The author wrote his book to inform readers about a better way to handle cattle, read food labels, and understand animal-based products. Plant-Based, Meat-Based and Between is a great selection for anyone who wants to know the truth about the treatment of animals in the meat industry and make more informed decisions about their diets.