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The Truth About Food [Paperback]

Jill Fullerton-Smith
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2 Jan 2007
Is red wine good or bad for you? Can certain foods stop you needing glasses? Is it worth drinking eight glasses of water a day? Which foods are aphrodisiacs, and which are just passion killers? Why does your thin friend eat what she likes, yet never put on weight? Do detox diets really work? It's time to find out. The Truth About Food is the biggest-ever investigation of its kind. For the very first time, all the common myths about food have been put to the test in the science lab and in real-life trials, in order to prove once and for all which are fact and which are merely fiction. Whether exploring spinach, soya, omega-3 or dairy products, this landmark book reveals the truth, and nothing but the truth, about the effects of food on our bodies.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Television tie-in edition edition (2 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747586853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747586852
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jill Fullerton-Smith is an award-winning filmmaker who grew up in New Zealand. After ten years making science programmes for the BBC in London, including several episodes of Horizon, she now runs BBC Scotland's speciality factual programming department. She conceived and produced the BBC's landmark science series The Truth About Food, on which this book is based. She lives in Glasgow and London with her husband Andrew and daughter Billie, and has four wonderful stepchildren, Charlie, Alex, Corrina and Michael.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
'Truth About Food', is the biggest ever investigation of its kind.
For the very first time, all the common myths about food have been put to the test in the science lab and in real-life trials, in order to prove once and for all which are fact and which are merely fiction.
Whether exploring spinach, soya, omega-3 or dairy products, this landmark book reveals the truth, and nothing but the truth, about the effects of food on our bodies.
Authoritative, readable and packed with fascinating tips and illustrations, it demonstrates the real and scientifically proven effects of food on the immune system, appetite, memory and libido.
Find out how food affects fertility, energy levels, skin and hair condition, weight and the length of your life - and discover how changing your diet can change your life.
This refreshing book cuts through the myths to provide the most up-to-date facts on the effects of food on your body.....'

240 shiny high quality pages, split over 6 main chapters:-

(1) How to be healthy
(2) How to be slim
(3) How to feed the kids
(4) How to be s*xy (for *, read 'e', to get round censor system of Amazon)
(5) How to be the best
(6) How to stay young and beautiful

with an introduction, a glossary and a full index.

From the intro:-

'This book accompanies a major TV series of the same name, which I conceived and produced. It took two years of hard work to make......
'The Truth about Food' reveals the real science of food using the latest research from leaders in the field of nutrition, alongside original and sometimes ground breaking experiments that we carried out especially....
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very clear presentation of material 27 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback
The book "The Truth about Food" is the book presenting the material that could be seen on the TV-series of the same name that was run by the BBC. While the series was mildly funny and informative to some degree, it was "reality TV" with hidden camera's monitoring children's and adults' eating patterns. OK, I don't like reality TV and will now review the book.

Many of us have found ourselves in this situation. You want to live longer, improve your fitness level, improve in your particular sport or want more energy. Changing your diet is often the first step. But where to begin? The girl in the Vitamin Store tells you one thing. The guy in the Reform Food Shop tells you something else. And then there's the instructor in the gym with another opinion. It is a confusing situation and probably always will be, given the fact that new discoveries about food are made every month.

"The Truth About Food" is the ideal start for anyone that would like to change his/her life for the better by adjusting the way he/she eats. The presentation of material is extremely clear. Moreover, they put everything they claim to the (scientific) test. The layout of the books is excellent with important fact in boxes and nice illustrations throughout. Many myths about food fell apart before my eyes while reading the book. The book contains information that can enhance your love life, your sports life, your appearance and the health of your children. No problem if you've missed out on the series, all the information is contained in the book.

Some issues were left out that I would like to have seen addressed: What's the deal with Green Tea? Is milk good or bad for you? What about food supplements? But all in all this is without a doubt one of the best books about food out there. Buy it, read it, use it, and it will change your life.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound Information 21 May 2007
Format:Paperback
I have just received this book, and it is brilliant.

I have a science background, and am fed up of being told rubbish about food and its effects. This book strips away all the chaff and gives simple information based on sound scientific studies, about what is REALLY good and bad for you. Packed full of information and easy to read, this is ripping a few old wives tales to pieces.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 23 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
Very organised and informative. Lots of research has gone into this book and conclusions have been conveniently summarised. The subject has also been approached scientifically with experiments exclusive to this book and not just copy and pasting data unlike some other books
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