Jo Robinson is a bestselling author and an investigative journalist.


Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health teaches you how to choose, prepare, and store fruits and vegetables for optimal nutrition.

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This book looked at optimal nutrition and also the historical origins of fruits and vegetables. It also mentioned major figures that spread fruits and vegetables throughout the world such as Alexander the Great, Christopher Columbus, and Thomas Jefferson. My favorite parts were on nutrition hacks. 5 of them are:

  1. Crushing or slicing garlic and setting it aside for 10 minutes increases its beneficial compound, allicin.
  2. Baking potatoes and refrigerating them for 24 hours and reheating them can lower their glycemic index by 25 percent.
  3. Shredding lettuce before you store it can double its antioxidant value.
  4. Keeping watermelon on your counter for a few days will enhance its lycopene content by 50 percent.
  5. Eating broccoli the day you buy it has the most benefit for its cancer-fighting compounds.


The book was easy to read and was well organized.


No major criticisms.

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Robinson, Jo. Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health. Hachette Book Group, 2013.