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Nutrition For Dummies by [Denby, Nigel, Baic, Sue, Rinzler, Carol Ann]
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"...excellent fad–free, essential and accurate advice..." (Prizes Galore, Dec 05) "...a definitive guide for anyone who cares about what they eat..." (Doncaster Advertiser, 2nd December 2005) "...a very useful reference...everything you need to know about the subject..." (Newark Advertiser, 6th January 06) "...presents you with all the latest myth–busting research..." (Doncaster Advertiser, 02/12/05) "...the reference no kitchen should be without..." (England Weekly News, 7th January 2006) "...fast becoming the reference no kitchen should be without...ignores every fad going and instead concentrates on giving accurate advice to help readers navigate the world of food..." (Scotland′s Weekly News, January 27th 2006) "...an invaluable guide to navigating the maze of fashionable diets...provides solid, scientifically–based, easy to follow advice..." (Choice Magazine, Feb 06) "...it′s finally here...a great read for both beginners and experts..." ( Natural Products Magazine , April 2006) "....continues the brand′s tradition of making knowledge accessible and fun, making food selection foolproof for those of us who are fed up with the fads..." ( Pride , April 2006)  

"...excellent fad–free, essential and accurate advice..." (Prizes Galore, Dec 05) "...a definitive guide for anyone who cares about what they eat..." (Doncaster Advertiser, 2nd December 2005) "...a very useful reference...everything you need to know about the subject..." (Newark Advertiser, 6th January 06) "...presents you with all the latest myth–busting research..." (Doncaster Advertiser, 02/12/05) "...the reference no kitchen should be without..." (England Weekly News, 7th January 2006) "...ignores every fad going and instead concentrates on giving accurate advice to help readers navigate the world of food..." (Scotland′s Weekly News, January 27th 2006) "...an invaluable guide to navigating the maze of fashionable diets...provides solid, scientifically–based, easy to follow advice..." (Choice Magazine, Feb 06) "...it′s finally here...a great read for both beginners and experts..." ( Natural Products Magazine , April 2006) "....continues the brand′s tradition of making knowledge accessible and fun, making food selection foolproof for ... us ..." ( Pride , April 2006)

Choice Magazine, Feb 06

"...an invaluable guide to navigating the maze of fashionable diets...provides solid, scientifically-based, easy to follow advice..."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5427 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (18 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EEOWFM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews
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Disappoint. This is not a book for dummies unless I am a supadupa dummies..Interesting but quite technical
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The author is clueless
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interesting book
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As a 50 plus male and a bit of a food lover, I have struggled with my weight over the last 10 years or so, and have probably worked my way through most faddy diets in that time ... nothing really worked until I got hooked onto the mantra of eat less, move more, though having more information about nutrition, and knowing what to eat has been a big help.

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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I didn't expect much more than a simple overview from this book, but it came with a lot more that wasn't so easy to digest. It's essentially an unquestioning mouthpiece of the USDA Dietary Guidelines, including all the lovely contradictions. Of the 2005 revision, the author says it was 'pretty clear that the original food pyramid hadn't done its proposed job of teaching most Americans how to choose foods that provide sufficient nutrients without piling on the pounds.' And how have Americans done since 2005?

The entire book is based around the pyramid responsible for America's ridiculous obesity rate, and desperately clings on to old, now defunct, myths about about carbohydrates, fat, cholesterol, thermodynamics and calorie-counting. The explanation of the role of insulin was laughable. There's absolutely no mention of its critical role in weight loss, and we're fed the same old tired idea of exercise and calorie-counting to lose weight, because it's proven to be so effective after 100 years of non-success. But it's easier than changing our stubborn views and looking to contemporary research isn't it?

White bread, potatoes and pasta are referred to as 'perfectly healthful foods,' and we're recommended to eat 6-11 servings from the cereal group, with only 5-9 from the vegetable/fruits group. A single serving includes 1 slice of bread, 1/2 cup of pasta, or 5-6 crackers. Even when I was eating a junk diet I would've struggled with 6-11 servings at that level. It's no wonder that even overweight people who are genuinely making an effort to lose weight fail horribly despite the misery they have to live through on these diets.
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This isn't a cookery book or a coffee-table book. It's not full of fancy photos and it doesn't make wild promises about losing a stone in a week or cutting down belly fat with one weird trick. Like others in the excellent "for Dummies" series, it seeks to demystify the subject of good nutrition, showing you how to cut through all the conflicting information about what's good for you anad what's not.

Designed as a reference book, it has an exhaustive index and you can look up any aspect of food and nutrition that interests you, from learning about vitamins and other nutrients to discovering how different cooking techniques can help you eat more healthily. There's some wide-ranging discussion of the latest theories on fats and cholesterol. There's also a great chapter on navigating the minefield of food labelling, and one on what to look for when you're eating at a restaurant or grabbing fast food.

Most interesting of all is the chapter on "superstar foods" - some of which may surprise you. We all suspected that things like beans, apples and berries were good for you, but you may be surprised to learn that chocolate is rick in antioxidants, can elevate mood and its high levels of stearic acid can reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Similarly, regular consumption of red wine can help your mind stay sharp into old age.
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This is a very good book on nutrition albeit couched in terms for an American audience. Once you get past the RDA advice and calorie advice which is aimed at Americans this has a lot of good information about diet and nutrition, however, as others have observed the author does appear to want to have a go at people who drink bottled water, which is a mystery as to why. Nutrition is a hugely complex and complicated subject and this does attempt to break it down into understandable chunks of information in the usual 'Dummies' fashion of starting from a point of knowing very little to building up that knowledge and signposting more reading. However, in some instances too much information can also lead to confusion and for those who are looking to this to get a handle on a diet would struggle. That said, it's in it's 6th Edition and Rinzler is regarded as something of a nutrition guru in the States so who am I to criticise too much.
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