Nutrition For Dummies Paperback – 27 May 2011
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From the Back Cover
Get the facts on good nutrition, slim down, and feel great
You′ve been hearing it since you were a kid: "You are what you eat." And this wise saying is true! This one–size–fits–all guide to nutrition shows you how to manage your diet so you get the most bang (nutrients) for your buck (calories) and gives you the know–how to put together a shopping list, prepare healthy foods, and easily cut calories.
The skinny on nutrition dig into the basics on nutrition and get the know–how to judge the value of nutrition information in the real world
The pros of protein get the facts on where you can get protein and what it does for your body
Get vitality from vitamins find out why vitamins, minerals, and plain old water are absolutely essential for your health
Process the facts on food processing get the 411 on food processing and find out how cooking, freezing, canning, and drying food affects its nutritional value
Nothing to sneeze at discover why some food gives people allergies, how food affects your brain at every stage of life, and how food may interact with medical drugs
"Clear, well–written, and thorough, Nutrition For Dummies is an extraordinary resource, a must–read for people who care about their health."
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D–NY)
"Before you eat your next meal, read this book."
Dr. Manfred Kroger, Professor of Food Science, Pennsylvania State University
Open the book and find:
How your body turns food and beverages into the nutrients you need
The amount of nutrients you need to be in tiptop shape
Rules on dietary supplements
The lowdown on carbohydrates
Ways to balance hunger and appetite
Tips to assemble a healthful diet
How to use nutritional guidelines to plan a meal
Foods that may prevent or relieve symptoms of heart disease and cancer
Read and understand a nutrition facts label
Determine which carbs and fats are "good" and which are not
Grasp the truth about vitamin supplements and energy drinks
About the Author
Carol Ann Rinzler is a noted authority on health and nutrition and is the author of more than 20 books on food and health, including Controlling Cholesterol For Dummies. She has contributed to The New York Times, Redbook, Family Circle, and the New York Daily News.
Top customer reviews
This book starts at the right place - energy and nutrients - and expands into the details of carbs and sugars etc. The most useful part, though, is probably the last third: with all the knowledge behind it, the author makes sense of the old Food Pyramid and food labelling in terms of actual stuff you'd buy at the supermarket, with plenty of pointers and callouts telling you why some things are smart choices and why your hand wavers towards the bad. (If you know why you crave sugar, you've taken a step towards reducing your intake - things like the difference between hunger and appetite are well explained.
What it DOESN'T do, though is act as any sort of meal planning text - although you could reasonably write your own. It isn't a recipe book; there's probably another Dummies volume for that.
Overall, a great, useful text that's ideal for today's obese Western world.
Nutrition for Dummies follows the familiar format and style of the Dummies range of books, well written, informative, not too technical, but actually not too dumbed down either.
This book is written by Carol Anne Rinzler, who has written 20 books on nutrition and health, and American writer, and so many of the references and info about RDA (recommended daily allowances) are based on US advice and guidance.
Nutrition for Dummies is not a diet book, there are no recipes, but in the 31 easy to read chapters, there is a wealth of information to dip into. My wife has been interested in, and studied nutrition for over 20 years is very positive about it ... and as a coffee drinker, I'm particularly happy about Chapter 30 ... extolling the virtues of my favourite brew.
You can read this book cover to cover, and if you do, you will get a lot out of it ... my preference is to pick it up and dip into it ... the index and chapter listings ensure that navigation is very easy.
If you are motivated to improve your nutrition, and hopefully your well being, then this book will provide you with the information to move forward.
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