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In a blizzard of conflicting nutritional claims and information, here is a book that gets down to basics, debunks many myths, and gives the reader a useful and comprehensive look at food, nutrition, and health. Based on sound science and the research of more than 300 nutritional experts worldwide, it is well organized and indexed, and will be a refreshingly clear reference for anyone who wants to know about nutrition and health (know anyone who doesn't?). One of the best books I've seen on the subject. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Alphabetical listings in this clearly written resource span general categories of illnesses, food groups, additives, and normal life passages, such as aging. Other entries refer to specific medical conditions or individual dietary elements--from acne and alcohol to zucchini and zwieback. Each medical entry recommends helpful foods, followed by those that should be avoided. The format allows easy access to information, with entries offering straightforward advice, explanations, and answers to pertinent questions. Case studies illustrate examples of positive changes in eating habits or lifestyle that can lead to improved health. Alice Joyce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest; Rev Upd edition (March 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762106050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762106059
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

The writer put the book information together very well and easy to understand.
Joseph Pascoe
Have borrowed a friend's 2004 edition and would rate that book highly for information it contains.
Red Rock lover
You will want to fill your diet with the "good" and understand why some foods are "harmful."
Katie C. Nelson

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1997
Format: Hardcover
After three years of doctor visits, with no relief, for severe leg & foot cramps, this book solved my problem. Caffeine can decrease the circulation to muscles. Simple, yes. After suffering from near debilitating cramping for years, giving up caffine was a minor inconvience, but one that I might never have known about without Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal. This book has page after page of simple, common sense cures, aids, and ideas that can save you many hours of discomfort, add years of healthy, productive living to your life, and bring the zing back to your step. It covers a broad spectrum of topics, from Acne to Zwieback, from "Pregnancy" to "Aging and Diet", in a format that makes finding your topic easy. Each item is discussed in easy to understand language. Each food is discussed, and has a list of "Benefits" and "Drawbacks" along with vitamin and mineral content. All in all, it is an excellent investment in your future health and well being.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Athena on June 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Never have I seen a book on nutrition so helpful and packed with information. This is wonderful for a person who wants to be aware of what they are eating and how it'll affect their health.
It is all in alphabetical order, with foods and conditions such as eating disorders, cancer, acne and more. Each food article contains "Benefits" and "Drawbacks". The common diseases and conditions have "Take plenty off...", "Cut down on...", and "Avoid..." with their articles. Each article shows the basis of the food and the disease. Throughout the whole book there are sections between the A-Z directory of all sorts of common foods/nutrients/conditions such as "Organic and Health Foods"; "Minerals" & "Stress". To finish off, there is a glossary and a "Helpful Organizations" list.
This book is worth more in information value then it's price value. It is like a nutrionist in your house. It is great for cooks and general people are concerned/interested for various things. It is jam packed and it is worth a good look.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Molly on January 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book, as it will tell you, is not intended to be a replacement for your doctor, and doesn't promise to cure anything. If it did, I wouldn't like it nearly as much.
It is obvious that different people need different diets, and that there is a very direct relation in diet and health. It is also true that what is good for one person is not the right thing for another. This book recommends sensible diets to aid whatever ails you or your loved ones. It is great for when you have company over and are going to serve something, because you can go, okay, my guest has high blood pressure, I know I should avoid salt...but what can I fix? Or my guest is a diabetic, so I should avoid sugars, what if the guest is hypoglcemic? No more worrying, just look it up. Also a good guide for preparing something for your family gatherings (i.e. my family has a history of cancer, what can I prepare for everyone that will help us?)
Besides what to eat for specific disorders or diseases, it breaks down all different kinds of foods telling you what the good and bad things each one and this information is very well organized, making it easy to skim through for quick reading if your interest is in a praticular food or what to eat if you suffer from a praticular disease.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "verntheboxer" on May 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was amazed that a book like this existed! It contains all the information you would ever need on the subject and is laid out in a really easily accessed fashion.
You can trust what you read because it comes from recognised experts.
The book has obvious attractions and is suitable for everyone, from the family person (concerned with providing their loved ones with a healthy diet) to serious athletes (who may be obsessed with what they eat).
I just hope they release a new edition!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Katie C. Nelson VINE VOICE on January 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is so easy to navigate and is literally packed with wonderful and useful information. Food are listed and discussed in alphabetical order.

You will want to fill your diet with the "good" and understand why some foods are "harmful." I like the way that nutrition is discussed pertaining to certain diseases and conditions such as cancer, hair & scalp problems, kidney disease etc.

The book is also a visual treat filled with color photographs and easy to read text & charts.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By V Hanline on January 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a wedding gift from an elderly german lady. I never actually opened the pages until I got pregnant and was looking for ways to improve my eating habits. I couldn't believe what a wealth of information is in each page. After 2 children I still refer to it on a regular basic because of all the knowledge I have gained through it. This is a book that no home should be without.
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Soorya on September 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
First thing that come to my mind when I started reading thru' pages: Stay away, it's a scam! After reading this book, I decided one thing- Never ever buy a health book from big media publishing houses like Reader's Digest. Since they run magazines and have Cola companies, pharmaceuticals etc as their advertisers, they make sure that anything they write won't dissatisfy their advertisers. That's well reflected in this book. Preservatives, artificial sweeteners and processed food are not too bad as per this book(or they didn't find drawbacks in it). But they could find many drawbacks in fruits and vegetables. And, their quote is that We, Americans are lucky to have the safest food in the world, Huh?
I want to be the part of the media to make people believe that. Unfortunately my commonsense doesn't permit me to do so. I bought this book seeing the colorful and wonderful illustration with a motive that my little kid could learn about healthy foods. Since, all facts in this book is fabricated which is aimed to protect "corporate interests", I'll throw it out of my library.
My advice to those who care about their health: Stay away from this crap!!!
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