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Bowes & Church's Food Values of Portions Commonly Used: Spiral (Bowes and Church's Food Values of Portions Commonly Used) [Paperback]

by Jean A. T., Ph.D. Pennington, Anna De Planter Bowes, Helen Nichols Church
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October 1997 0397554354 978-0397554355 17th
This classic guide to nutrition has helped put the "balance" in balanced diets since 1937! Now completely updated for the Seventeenth Edition, this bestseller continues to fulfill its purpose, "to supply authoritative data on the nutritional value of foods in a form for quick and easy reference." The book's main table reflects the current food supply -- listing more than 8,500 common foods -- and contains data on the nutritional content of foods, organized by food groups. Supplementary tables define the content of lesser known foods; and each food entry is thoroughly evaluated to include calorie content, weight, water, protein, fat, cholesterol, carbohydrate, dietary fiber and major vitamins and minerals. Brand names and the general foods that typify today's eating habits are covered; the latest information on monounsaturated fat content is addressed; and a bibliography of sources for current food composition data is provided. New in the Seventeenth Edition: a comprehensive listing of sugars has been added to the main table. Anyone concerned with nutrition will turn to this superb reference again and again

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  • Series: Bowes and Church's Food Values of Portions Commonly Used
  • Paperback: 479 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 17th edition (October 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0397554354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0397554355
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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123 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference March 24, 2002
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This book is for those of us on special diets that do not want 'special' books telling us what to eat, but neglecting to tell us what not to eat, or for those of us who just want to judge for ourselves what is good (or bad) for us. This book contains very complete information, including canned foods by brand, candy, gum, alcohol beverages, foods prepared in many ways, virtually any foods, even poi. The values listed include alcohol, calories, water, protein, carbohydrates, sugar, dietary fiber, fat, saturated fatty acids, monosaturated fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, cholesterol, vitamins A(RE), A(IU), C, B-1, B-2, B-4, B-12, D, E, E (as alpha-tocopherol), K, niacin, folic acid, pantothenic acid. Also sodium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, iron, copper. Amino acids, caffeine, gluten, iodine, pectin, phytosterol, purines, salicylates, selenium, theobromine. What more could the dietary conscious want?
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last September 22, 2001
Too many food guides for diabetics give food equivelants in volume (i.e. cups) measure. When comparing spaghetti to ziti or large cubes to small cubes, the amount contained by a cup varies significantly. Bowes & Church's, (the first book in which I found the nutritive values by weight) had lacked sugar and monounsatured fatty acids data. That deficiency is now corrected. Some food catagories have been expanded (i.e. Varieties of summer squash are now separately listed). This is definitely the best compendium of food nutrient content that I have found.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Resource! June 3, 2002
By S. Reif
I purchased this book several years ago when I started counting carbohydrates. A nutritionist recommened it as being the most comprehensive resource of its kind. I have found it invaluable. The fact that is not only contains prepackaged food, but fresh foods, meats, homemade items and even some common restaurants (along with many many other catagories), makes it THE perfect resource.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This book follows in the tradition of the prior editions which I wore out from use. It has a fabulous index and lists foods as the title states, in commonly used portions so you can put your calculator away.
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful
As a chef and dyalisis patient I refer t this book for designing recipes which are to be used by patients. The book is well structured and covers most if not all relevent and common foods.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowes & Church Food Values of Portions Commonly Used March 11, 2002
By A Customer
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I have been a diabetic for many years. My new doctor advised me to get this book so that I could count carbohydrates more accurately. It is a great book for diabetics. My new doctor can now treat me more efficiently. Thanks.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dialysis patient finds this book very useful January 10, 2007
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I'm a kidney dialysis patient and have found this book very useful. It lists key components of foods in the portion sizes that are likely to be used, rather than by the ounce or gram if those aren't the normal portion sizes. The foods are alphabetized by type, including such things as drinks, candy and fast foods by restaurant chain, as well as the staples of everyday existence.

I can keep track of the amount of Phosphorus and Potassium, which are crucial for hemodialysis patients to monitor. Also, it lists many other minerals and vitamins, protein, a breakdown of fats, sugars, total carbs and HDL and LDL as well as total cholesterol, triglycerides, water content and other things that may factor into restricted diets for almost anyone watching almost any food components.

My only reservation is that many of the foods listed do not list the key components for me (Phosphorus and Potassium).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 18th Edition Commentary September 19, 2005
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Compared to past editions, the newest one is more comprehensive. For example, analytical data is provided for each food item under salicylic acid, whereas past editions grouped foods by salicylate content categories. The only negative for me is the tiny print.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for professionals.
This book provides data needed by many medical conditions that require special diets with data that is not available on product labels. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Much too technical
This book is for professional dieticians only and not for those dieting for good medical reasons or for simple weight loss.
Published 7 months ago by m9777
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Current
The book I received was a used library copy in very good shape but very out of date. One library stamp indicated 1999.
The RDA was very outdated. Read more
Published 7 months ago by phyllis mcdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Save the kidneys
A gift for our friend in chronic renal failure. Made his life better. Good move. Makes time fly during dialysis, he says. His wife (the cook) likes it even better.
Published 9 months ago by Harrison H. Sheld
3.0 out of 5 stars good book, bad cd-rom
The Book is good, the cd-rom is old and can not be used on Mac OS X Snow Leopard or newer (Mac's newer than 2009).
Published 9 months ago by broben
3.0 out of 5 stars re: disappointed
I read some wonderful reviews about the information in this book. I agree that it is quite informative, but the way it is set up makes it quite difficult to find the information... Read more
Published 10 months ago by S. Y. Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Better then most, but, still lacking
I wanted a book with info on healthy foods, quinoa, amaranth, etc. This is a very good resource. Better then those pocket cal-counters. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Joyous Singer
2.0 out of 5 stars A good example of "how to NOT organize your book".
First off, this isn't going to be a review of what is included in the book. There are plenty of reviews that explain that. Read more
Published 13 months ago by MagnoliaSouth
4.0 out of 5 stars diet tool
I foun d it very informative, as my diet reqiures that I keep track of a numb er of different iterms besides fat and calories. I would suggest it for anyone with health issues.
Published 15 months ago by pamela snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars review
great book, very helpful to find out nutrition content of certain foods an beverages. Will be used often in my practice.
Published 16 months ago by kristina
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