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4.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward, sensible and easily digested!, 20 Sept. 2013
This review is from: The Need to Know Guide to Nutrition and Healthy Eating : The Perfect Starter To Eating Well or How To Eat The Right Foods, Stay In Shape And Stick To A ... YMCA Health and Nutrition Guides Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
This is a no-frills, easy to read introduction to the basic facts of eating healthily. It's not a glossy photo-filled recipe book, nor is it a celebrity-led spurious short-term diet. In fact it's not a diet at all: it's an overview of the nutritional basics around which you can choose to build a whole lifestyle.
I'm studying medicine with a particular interest in nutrition, obesity and diabetes, so am comfortable that the majority of information in here is based on good practice. (Every dietician in the world has a slightly different viewpoint on what exactly is best practice - but I'd be happy to follow most of the author's advice).

The chapters are short, broken down further into simple sections, and written in plain English. There is some technical language - can't be helped, when you've got to talk about glycaemic index or monounsaturated fats then you've just gotta do it - but every abbreviation is explained. The guide details a successful method of controlling you eat: breaking down your foods into major groups (protein, dairy, carbs, fats, fruit n veg, etc), balancing intake among the correct groups, with advice on what to avoid and what to choose.
There's a useful couple of chapters at the end about cutting down salt (a major step towards all-round health) and how to apply all the info when you find yourself away from home and confronted with restaurant menus that seem to have no 'good food' whatsoever on them!

Overall, a very useful handbook and more than enough for most people's needs. Easy to dip in to and read in short sections. It's refreshingly free of cuckoo ideas (like eating nothing on one day and binging the next, or only eating grapefruit peels on Tuesdays or whatever), too. However, it does emphasise the Awful Truth: that no book can make you healthy. It's only a tool. It's up to the reader to use the information...

Oh, and I was a bit surprised to find that the author bothered to parade his BSc and MSc qualifications, considering they relate to robotics and technology! His experience in exercise, nutrition, health and fitness for the YMCA seems a lot more relevant.
8/10
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