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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (11 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061172286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061172281
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven G. Pratt, M.D., is a world-renowned authority on the role of nutrition and lifestyle in the prevention of disease and optimization of health. He is a senior staff ophthalmologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California.



Kathy Matthews is a bestselling author of fifteen books, including the New York Times bestseller SuperFoods Rx with Dr. Steven Pratt.


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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
New genre--the "how to change your life" book. Some books use exercise, some religion, some money--this one discusses foods that will make you healthier, happier and live longer. "Superfoods" is a great starting point/motivator with excellent nutritional info, clearly and simply written. (But what about my #1 anti-cancer superfood--soy?)
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By Victoria Adams on 12 Aug. 2014
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SUCH a useful book, incredibly comprehensive.
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202 of 211 people found the following review helpful
Superfoods by Pratt 11 Jan. 2004
By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent reference work for your personal health
library. The author describes strategies for maximizing
antioxidants in the diet by eating blueberries,pumpkin and
strawberries. Isoflavones may be found in soy-based foods.
Fiber and B vitamins may be obtained from beans. Vitamin D
may be added to yogurt to potentiate the calcium added to the diet. This work contains many superfood menus which are easy
to interpret and reproduce for your eating pleasure. A main
theme of the book is to provide badly needed nutrients by
eating a variety of foods which introduce antioxidants and
fiber into the body. This will help deal with the natural
inflammation which many middle age people find difficult to
manage. i.e. gut inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome etc.
89 of 90 people found the following review helpful
Sound Nutritional Advice and Not Trying to Sell a Product 2 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent summary of the latest research from the past few years about the benefits of certain foods like salmon and spinach. The things I like about this book are: 1) no product is being sold - The author doesn't make supplements or creams or anything the way that Perricone (The Wrinkle Cure) does. 2)The book only promotes whole foods, not supplements 3) there are excellent recipes using the 14 superfoods 4)The book doesn't focus on the "dont's" just the "do's" 5)It isn't a difficult program to follow.
This is a great book for learning about the health benefits of certain foods and getting the inspiration to eat them.
123 of 128 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed 13 Jan. 2009
By Bonnie B. Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I suppose if you are new to the whole superfoods theory this might be an okay start. However, I've read too many other good authors' works to have gone through this book and not say anything. The information is dated, at times misleading and inaccurate. I have three of this authors' Superfoods books. I should have bought only one prior to the other two. If you want to truly educate yourself, start with "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth" by Jonny Bowden, then try "seasonal food" by Susannah Blake, "The Food Substitutions Bible" by David Joachim and "the new whole foods encyclopedia" by Rebecca Wood.
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This book has made a real difference in my family's life 18 Mar. 2004
By A. Aguero - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was never much of a cook, but I have always been interested in getting my family to eat healthy foods, and this book has shown me how easy it is to do just that. The 14 foods listed as "Superfoods" are delicious, and the authors include numerous "sidekicks," or foods that offer the same or similar benefits. After just one month of preparing foods using the recommendations in "SuperFoods Rx," everyone in my family has experienced significant health benefits--my husband's cholesterol level plummeted, and lifelong digestive problems have disappeared. Best of all, everyone from ages six to fifty LOVE the meals (one favorite is a stew I invented that contains turkey, carrots, cabbage, canned tomatoes, beans, spinach, onions, cubes of firm tofu and/or whatever else is on hand; I use Goya "cubitos" and seasoning for a delicious broth). Nobody wants sugar cookies anymore, now that we can go to the fridge anytime and enjoy luscious cultured yogurt with blueberries and diced walnuts, fresh watermelon--even some yummy dark chocolate with a pot of green or black tea. The possibilities are endless!!
Diets do not work--they are temporary, often based on absurd principles, and only perpetuate an unhealthy obsession with food. As the authors point out, what is needed is a permanent change for the better in eating habits for the entire family. Considering the obesity crisis in this country, such a sensible and practical approach could not come at a better time.
283 of 306 people found the following review helpful
Good for what ails you, and tasty too 18 Feb. 2004
By B. Marold - Published on Amazon.com
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This excellent new book by medical doctor Steven Pratt pulls together a lot of recent nutritional research in an easily digestible format by focusing on the fourteen most healthy foods, the foods which can be grouped with these fourteen to provide variety, and some basic methods for preparing these foods.
This is a presentation to the layman of scientific results. By it's nature, this leads to simplifications and potentially misleading statements. My biggest concern with any book of this type is that it is overstating its case. There is no question in my mind that eating these 14 foods (and avoiding worthless foods) will improve your health. The book is very careful in not quantifying potential gains, but it does come dangerously close to making medically unfounded statements. One I detected is the suggestion that eating cholesterol-reducing foods such as oats and cabbage family vegetables will remove the need for drugs to reduce cholesterol. When I posed a similar question to my physician, he kept to the medically sound albeit very conservative line that the tendency of the body to produce cholesterol is genetic and keeping cholesterol within safe levels for me requires medication, probably for the rest of my life. This is a case study of why books like this tend to overstate their cases. Response to improvements in diet is determined by one's genetic makeup. What works for some may not work for others. The bottom line for the skeptic's view of this book is to take all the statements on benefits from these foods with a grain of salt. They may be right for you, and they may not.
Having made the skeptic's case for this book, I turn to the advocate's case. The advantages of the book's simplifications is that you can cruise your megamart with these fourteen (14) foods at the top of your list and focus on those products which are on the list or are allied to the items on the list. While I am not a clinical scientist, I am an informed layman, having developed information systems for medical professionals for 35 years. With those credentials, I believe that eating these foods will, in the long run, be better for your health than not eating them.
One of the best aspects of this book is the list of `sidekicks' to each of these fourteen foodstuffs. Having been a big fan of green vegetables from way back, the list of sidekicks to broccoli is positively erotic, including my favorite Brussels sprouts, cabbage, turnips, and Swiss chard. The only food without a sidekick is tea. Sorry, coffee doesn't make the list. Another favorite sidekick is peanuts. Nuts are on the list, but peanuts actually makes the list because it's a legume, like beans, and not a nut. A little misdirection there.
The best thing about this list is that, to my mind, only three of these foods (oats, soy, and yogurt) are uninteresting. I personally find all the others to be range from being pleasant (broccoli, salmon, spinach, pumpkin, tomatoes, beans, and turkey) to being positively delightful (blueberries, oranges, tea, turkey, and walnuts). One great thing about the tasty foods such as blueberries and walnuts is that they can brighten up the taste of the bland stuff (oats and yogurt especially).
With the warning that I am neither a medical nor a nutritional professional, I believe this book tends to raise questions about the currently very popular low carbohydrate diet doctrines. I say this not because many of the foods on this list are high on the devil's list of low carb advocates, but that high carbohydrate foodstuffs are often the best of mates to some of these foods. Two famous pairings are beans and rice and berry jam and bread.
The book contains a very nice section of recipes by a very talented and recognized spa chef. They are all very tasty looking and the notes to the recipes contain a lot of hints, such as the most nutritious varieties of sweet potatoes and the method for making yogurt cheese. But, I will probably never make any of them. Instead, I will file away all of the food combinations and use them when I select recipes from other cookbooks or improvise recipes on my own.
If these fourteen foods represent a `kosher' or best selection, it would be nice to see a selection of `parve' foods. That is, foods which fall into a neutral to good category. Two prime candidates would be olive oil and red wine. The book mentions and recommends both and is wisely careful in citing wine as a beneficial food. This interest is addressed to some extend with the Lifestyle Pyramid which endorses whole grain products, healthy fats, and reasonable portions of red meats and eggs.
In spite of the opening skeptical paragraph, I believe this is a delightfully promising book which gives easy to follow guidelines without oversimplifying things too much. For those who are not already fond of spinach and turkey and tomatoes, I recommend they establish a relationship with a good book on Italian food and start with turkey Florentine (turkey and spinach) and vegetable lasagna.
With a list price under $25, I recommend this book to everyone.
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