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American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide [Paperback]

Roberta Larson Duyff , American Dietetic Association
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August 26, 2002 0471441449 978-0471441441 2
* Latest healthy eating guidelines
* Foods and strategies for your good health
* Nutritional advice for every age and stage of life


A lifetime of sound, easy, and positive advice on healthy eating??from the world?s foremost authority on food and nutrition

The choices you make every day about food, nutrition, and health can have a major impact on your life. To find the most reliable nutrition information and sound advice in achieving optimal health, look no further. This comprehensive book from the American Dietetic Association explains everything you need to know about eating healthy, with simple, practical tips and flexible guidelines designed to help you choose nutritious, flavorful, and fun foods to suit your needs and lifestyle at any age.

This brand-new edition of the bestselling American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide offers the most up-to-date nutrition information for the whole family. From the healthiest baby food to eating well in the golden years, this fully revised, quick-access guide features:
* New chapters on the use and abuse of supplements (including herbals and other botanicals) and on nutrition and health conditions (including Syndrome X and adult and childhood diabetes) and food-drug interactions
* An expanded chapter on women?s health and nutrition that covers breast cancer, fibromyalgia, and the link between folic acid and heart disease
* The latest on food-borne bacteria and ways to prevent food-borne illness
* Help for making the right food choices in restaurants
* Facts about functional foods and phytonutrients for health, and nutritious ethnic food choices
* What you need to know about food and water safety
* American Heart Association, USDA, and American Cancer Society guidelines, as well as the DASH "blood-pressure-lowering" diet
* Up-to-date information on food labeling and food allergens and intolerances, including celiac disease
* More on managing body weight, the truth about today?s popular diets, and controlling emotional overeating
* Ways to blend nutrition with great taste?in fun, easy ways
* And much more

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Being fit means a lot more than having a trim or muscular body and being free of health problems. It defines every aspect of your health–not only your physical health but also your emotional and mental well-being. Achieving fitness depends on adopting and maintaining smart habits and making good choices–and that’s what this book is about. You’ll discover how to eat for optimum health, all the while choosing nutritious, flavorful, and fun foods that suit your needs and lifestyle.

Registered dietitian Roberta Duyff and a host of experts from the American Dietetic Association have used the newest nutrition research to provide the most current and reliable answers to all your food and nutrition questions. This new edition of the comprehensive and easy-to-use American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide is filled with practical tips and flexible guidelines for all ages–everything from finding your healthiest weight to making wise selections at the supermarket to making healthy eating taste great. You’ll discover how you can eat the foods you like and enjoy new flavors that promote your personal fitness.

Beginning with personal "nutrition checkups" in nearly every chapter, you’ll find positive, sound, and practical advice and solutions for choosing nutritious, flavorful foods during life’s many ages and stages. Plus you’ll get all the latest information on:

  • USDA, American Heart Association, and American Cancer Society dietary guidelines
  • Weight management strategies that work and the truth about fad diets
  • Making good nutrition fun for kids
  • Women’s health and nutrition
  • How eating and being active slow the "biomarkers" of aging
  • Refrigerator thawing times, safe grilling, and other food safety tips
  • Eating to prevent and treat disease (diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and others)
  • The folic acid—heart disease link, Syndrome X, childhood obesity, and other nutrition topics
  • Identifying and dealing with common food allergies
  • Smart vegetarian eating
  • The use and abuse of dietary supplements, including herbals and other botanicals
  • Facts about functional foods (soy, flaxseed, energy drinks and bars, and others) and phytonutrients (lycopene, isoflavones, and others)
  • Healthy dining out, ethnic-style
  • Eating for peak physical performance
  • Making sense of health and nutrition news
  • And much, much more

American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Second Edition, will help you feel and look your best, work more productively, and even lower your risk for certain diseases. Eating for health is one of the wisest decisions you’ll ever make–get started right now with this ultimate healthy-eating primer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

  • Latest healthy eating guidelines
  • Foods and strategies for your good health
  • Nutritional advice for every age and stage of life

A lifetime of sound, easy, and positive advice on healthy eating??from the world?s foremost authority on food and nutrition

The choices you make every day about food, nutrition, and health can have a major impact on your life. To find the most reliable nutrition information and sound advice in achieving optimal health, look no further. This comprehensive book from the American Dietetic Association explains everything you need to know about eating healthy, with simple, practical tips and flexible guidelines designed to help you choose nutritious, flavorful, and fun foods to suit your needs and lifestyle at any age.

This brand-new edition of the bestselling American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide offers the most up-to-date nutrition information for the whole family. From the healthiest baby food to eating well in the golden years, this fully revised, quick-access guide features:

  • New chapters on the use and abuse of supplements (including herbals and other botanicals) and on nutrition and health conditions (including Syndrome X and adult and childhood diabetes) and food-drug interactions
  • An expanded chapter on women?s health and nutrition that covers breast cancer, fibromyalgia, and the link between folic acid and heart disease
  • The latest on food-borne bacteria and ways to prevent food-borne illness
  • Help for making the right food choices in restaurants
  • Facts about functional foods and phytonutrients for health, and nutritious ethnic food choices
  • What you need to know about food and water safety
  • American Heart Association, USDA, and American Cancer Society guidelines, as well as the DASH "blood-pressure-lowering" diet
  • Up-to-date information on food labeling and food allergens and intolerances, including celiac disease
  • More on managing body weight, the truth about today?s popular diets, and controlling emotional overeating
  • Ways to blend nutrition with great taste?in fun, easy ways
  • And much more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (August 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471441449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471441441
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,037,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I have read the first edition prior to this one and it was such an informative book that I bought myself the second edition. Researching nutrition for years, I must say this has to be my favorite out of all other nutrition books I've encountered. Of course each book has its own purpose and flavor, but if you want a good entry book into health and overall well-being (for yourself and/or your family) driven by nutrition, this is the one you need.
Through simple language and well-structured organization of the chapters, Duyff delivers a vast load of information mostly based on the Food Guide Pyramid, a guide used to quantitatively approximate the proportions of food consumed by categories. By no means is this a strict regimen of daily diet lists, however. The author covers the basics of food components to give a scientific/clinical basis for the nutrition guidelines suggested for good heath. You chose the specific foods yourself!
The author also covers food shopping and preparations. Topics range from reading nutrition labels to preparation safety. Not only do you want to make sure you know the quality of food you are getting (by its chemical components) you also want to make sure your kitchen habits minimize your exposure to harmful bacterial contamination and other health risks. One of my favorite features of the discussions are the myth-dispelling and "ambiguous label claims" clarifications. After reading this book you will look at "what people say" in a completely different light. Also, if you want to know what supplements work and do not work, you will find it here.
Special nutrition topics cover guidelines for people of different lifestyles. It includes ages from infants to the seniors. It even covers mothers and the special needs of women!
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Baked December 22, 2003
By Aaauger
Format:Paperback
To be a reference, a book must have a decent index! So many publishers overlook this point. Having read through volumes of data, I remembered seeing interesting points but had a devil of a time locating them again. I had to literally leaf through the book a second time with sticky notes. Don't count on using this book as a reference. Do count on it for comprehensive nutritional information. (Just parse the dogma.) It is the best book I've read to date on nutrition: readable, thorough and pragmatic.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, consumers can really "get" nutrition April 24, 2003
Format:Hardcover
Bottom line, this is the best consumer nutrition book out, and it will be for some time to come. The information is sound and reliable. It's user-friendly, and it's complete. Any consumer can open it up to any page and get useful information. From a tidbit to a chapter, if it matters in nutrition, Roberta Duyff has included it, and presented it in such a clear manner.
In a reference book of this type, a clear presentation of information is everything. This book's layout is logical and the topics are indexed with common sense.
As a consumer but also a nutrition professional, I need reference information that I know is based on sound science. I appreciate the practical, friendly, and common sense manner in which Roberta Duyff delivers nutrition information to the reader. For that reason alone, this book is worth its weight in gold.
In my office, this book stays easily reachable on my book shelf. My elderly parents also keep a copy and they use it. Brava to Roberta Duyff for this latest editiion of the ADA Complete Food and Nutrition Guide.
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89 of 113 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic, basic, basic August 25, 2002
Format:Hardcover
I ordered this book because I figured it would be really up-to-date and forward-thinking, because it is written by a dietician. Although I am enjoying reading it, much of the information is too basic for anyone who's read a nutrition book or a newspaper, for that matter, in the last 20 years. And the author forgets her own advice to limit meat when she makes numerous recommendations on "sneaking" nutrition into meatloaf. Isn't that kind of a 1950's mentality? Not to be too picky, but there are a few grammatical snafus here: she uses the word "blenderize." How about just 'blend?" Also, after she recommends switching to whole-grain pasta, bread, etc, she includes white rice on the suggested pantry list. Huh??? I think overall, my main complaint with the book is its lack of forward-thinking suggestions and information. It's as if the author is unaware of many of the progressive thought leaders in the field and their work dispelling popular food myths. There is no mention of the studies showing a link between osteoporosis and excessive protein intake. Instead we are instructed to just eat more dairy products, suggesting that inadequate calcium intake is the cause. (Who funded this book, anyway?) The author fails to acknowledge any benefit of organic foods, yet I am not aware of any breaking news showing that pesticides have been shown to be beneficial or even just safe--quite the contrary- they have been linked with breast cancer and some leukemias. In the author's defense, though, I admit that for those who have not read about nutrition before, this would be a good starting place, because it is comprehensive and very basic. Recent college grads or anyone who is planning and cooking menus for the first time would probably find it helpful. Just don't overdo it on the meatloaf!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool for health!
This is a value filled book. We consider it a needed reference book in our kitchen. It has a huge amount of nutritional information. Read more
Published on August 3, 2005 by Rhonda
4.0 out of 5 stars Good starting point, but dogmatic at times
This book provides an excellent presentation of the basics of nutrition as well as practical tips to improve health. Read more
Published on April 28, 2003 by "simonmba"
4.0 out of 5 stars Good in the way Pravda is good
This book is an excellent basic source for nutritional information. For those who don't know all about the various nutrients and what their sources are and how your body uses them,... Read more
Published on February 4, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone
I picked up this book because I wanted some tips on feeding my preschooler who is a picky eater. I was pleased to find that in addition to some helpful hints on feeding picky... Read more
Published on September 23, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Mature Adults Food Service in Residential Living
When I open any page of this book I get hooked. However, as a staff person at a Northwest assisted living community, I am especially keen on the mature adults chapter. Read more
Published on September 17, 2002 by Julie Duyff
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Consumer Resource for Accurate Nutrition Information
Sorting out the constantly changing world of nutrition information, diets and weight loss fads can be tricky, but this book provides all the facts in an easy to read format. Read more
Published on September 13, 2002 by Constance B Diekman, M.Ed., RD, LD, FADA
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have food and nutrition resource
Finally! A nutrition book that actually makes sense of all of the conflicting dietary advice!
Not only does the author deliver all of the nutrition basics as well as address... Read more
Published on September 5, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition
This is book is packed with better tips on nutrition and covers a broader range than anything else I've read. Read more
Published on September 3, 2002
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