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Food Synergy: Unleash Hundreds of Powerful Healing Food Combinations to Fight Disease and Live Well Paperback – March 4, 2008

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About the Author

ELAINE MAGEE, MPH, RD, is the author of more than 25 books on nutrition and healthy cooking. Her medical nutrition series, Tell Me What to Eat If I Have..., has sold hundreds of thousands of copies. She has conducted healthy cooking segments on various television shows and her weekly Q&A column, "The Recipe Doctor," is distributed to newspapers nationally. She lives in Northern California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1st edition (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594866228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594866227
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book wasn't ready to be written.
I was looking for information that basically said what it promised. This food + this food = this affect on the body. While she does give a few examples of that it is way less than hundreds.
More than anything, she rehashes previously known "diets" and what she believes are the benefits of such for the reader.
She is a big proponant of soy products and canola oils and margarine products.
Soy is surrounded by controversy over its supposed benenfits.
Canola has approx. 4.6% fatty acids similar in makeup to plastic!
And margarine is made from rancid oils through hydrogenation (a big no no) and has trace amounts of hexane which is a known cancer causing solvent.
She advocates eating fish for your omegas but fails to educate the reader as to the dangers of consuming too much fish and the mercury it carries. She focuses on flax seed for omegas but fails to mention the myriad other places they can be found.
While the recipes in back were intriguing, no alternatives were given for those who don't care for tofu or soy.
And as a woman going into her menopausal years, I am concerned about the link between soy products and disruption of hormones in both men and women. Not to mention the additives in soy including but not limited to MSG, which in and of itself affects weight and has a host of its own debilitating side effects.
I think her efforts are honorable, but her information and knowledge severly lacking.
I will be returning this book for refund.
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Format: Paperback
I found Iuse this book in many ways: as a reference for food sources of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients (those compounds found in fruits, vegetables, and grains that provide health benefits), as a cookbook, or chapter by chapter to overhaul one meal or your entire diet. I found Magee's writing style to be inspirational.

I like the fact that Magee anchors her concepts by focusing on the research into foods and nutrients that fight the "big four" chronic diseases that strike Americans: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. This book provides guidance on how to eat for prevention or treatment of disease and arm you with the tools to select food combinations that can keep you healthy.

The book is loaded with tips on cooking, incorporating more whole foods into your diet, tips for eating more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, as well as many easy to make recipes. The appendices include the top food sources of nutrients and a 1500-calorie meal plan for those who want to lose weight.

This book presents a unique approach to getting the most out of the foods you eat.
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This book gives you the breakdown of everything you read in the news headlines regarding the whats and whys of vitamins and minerals and how they work together in your body to either help or hurt you. I never felt preached to by some 'doc' type. Written with the layman in mind. Very informative... So much so you may change the way you eat after this read!
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I have insulin resistance and bought this book hoping it would give me ideas on what foods to eat together to lose weight. I thought this book was too repetitive and very complicated. You really had to dig deep to get to where they actually talked about what foods went with which. Was not as clear cut as I had hoped. I probably won't be using it.
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I have had this book for some time. I read it more than once and refer to it often. My friends are always borrowing it, they love it also. I love that it explains how to get the biggest bang nutritionally. An example eating tomatoes and brocolli together boosts both of there benefits, rather than eating just brocolli. It explains how things break down in the body, how the body uses nutrients from each food and how to magnify them. It explains not only food, but oils, cheese, butters, etc. The amount of study that went into this book is incredible.
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Since I purchased and read this book, I have referred to it often to make some sense of the choices I make when grocery shopping or preparing a snack or meal. I'm even thinking twice when I eat out. The first chapter sifts through many of the random facts we are inundated with in our own health care and organizes them once and for all. I'm thinking every doctor's office should have the first chapter available on its own.

The author believes that food should be the resource for healthfulness rather than supplements. That fact alone is going to be much easier on my stomach.

Usually I see a collection of recipes and think about trying maybe 10%. Not so in this book. Many of the recipes incorporate foods I currently enjoy and look really appealing. Most are easy, but some are going to be fun to accomplish more skills for those who like a little flair.

The menu plan poses the same issues for me as most menu plans I've seen. Purchasing all the products to follow the menu plan would be great but impractical. I am a very structured person who follows a routine. I like the same breakfast everyday, slight variety at a good sized lunch and any variety at dinner. I'm hoping that using two or three of the breakfasts, same with the lunches, and a tasty healthier dinner following the guidelines and balancing out the day's intake and incorporating more dark green vegetables will be effective.

I'm also seeing no problem incorporating these choices in the Weight Watchers points program.
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