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Product Details

  • Series: At Your Fingertips
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592579027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592579020
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Nutrition at Your Fingertips is one stop shopping for food information. Elisa Zied has compiled the most complete and exhaustive resource guide on the foods you eat and what is really in them. If you love food, you'll love this book. This is a rich resource that belongs in kitchens, libraries and the offices of health professionals. It's a stunning book!"
-Nancy L. Snyderman, MD. FACS
NBC News Chief Medical Editor
Associate Professor Head and Neck Surgery
University of Pennsylvania

"Nutrition at Your Fingertips is a comprehensive, easy-to-read resource that can help guide you through the whats, whys and hows of healthy eating."
-Ellie Krieger, RD
Food Network host and author of "So Easy: Luscious Healthy Recips for Every Meal of the Week"

"Make way for Nutrition at Your Fingertips--the new go-to resource that now sits prominently on my green tea table. Want to know the skinny on healthy fats? BAM-it's there. Want to know the best food sources of potassium to help lower your blood pressure? BAM-it's there. Everything from managing your weight to how to avoid food infections can be found in nice, digestible bites in this info-packed nutrition bible. Thank you Elisa Zied for this truly wonderful guide for better health!"
-Dave Grotto, LDN, author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life
Producer for Kids\PBS Kids Advisory Board Chair

"Nutrition at Your Fingertips is a wonderfully informative and smart resource for nutrition novices and health-savvy individuals alike. Elisa offers simple, straightforward explanations of every nutrition topic under the sun, and fills the pages with practical tips on boosting veggie intake, maintaining weight loss, navigating food labels, shopping for good health, and much, much more. Keep this one handy...I know you'll be referring to it often!"
-Joy Bauer MS, RD, CDN, bestselling author and nutrition expert for the Today show

"Nutrition at Your Fingertips is like having Elisa Zied on speed dial. The right information. The right answers. From someone who really knows."
-Harry Smith, CBS News

"Nutrition at Your Fingertips is like having your own personal nutritionist teaching you about food, planning the right diet for your specific needs and goals, guiding you through the grocery store and even teaching you how to store your food! I felt like Elisa anticipated and prepared me for every hurdle I might face in the struggle to eat right. Countless books outline "diets" designed to help you lose weight or get healthier. Elisa goes a step further, teaching us how to make good choices on our own. This book is not just a menu; it's a recipe for long-term success. The more I understand about nutrition, the more inspired I am to make a change for the better. Thank you Elisa for laying it out so simply."
-Maggie Rodriguez, CBS News

"Nutrition at Your Fingertips covers all the basics, from what happens if you eat too little fat to the safest way to defrost food. It also includes helpful charts that provide readers with must have information, such as which foods contain key vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, along with their benefits and a breakdown of food label terms. It's the kind of resource people can go back to over and over again."
-Cynthia Sass, MPH, MA, RD, CSSD, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author

Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. She is a regular contributor to and has written for Woman's Day, Redbook, and Seventeen magazines. She is the coauthor of Feed Your Family Right! and So What Can I Eat?!

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I pulled this book out of the box and someone else in the house immediately glommed on to it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By PT Cruiser TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
The best thing about Nutrition at Your Fingertips is that just about anything you want to know about nutrition is easy to find. It's a comprehensive book that includes chapters on all the different carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. It tells how much you need of each and good food sources for including them in your diet. There are also chapters on weight management, creating a daily meal plan, eating to beat disease, allergies and more. There's even a chapter on foodborne illnesses and food safety. The book is written in plain, easy to understand language and there are a lot of cross references. For example, say you wanted to find out why vitamin D is essential. You just look in the table on contents under Vitamin D and check out the section. It tells the functions of the vitamin, sources, both dietary and other, and all about deficiencies and excesses. It also has a "Words to Go" section which lists things like cystic fibrosis, Crhohn's disease, rickets and oseomalacia and tells how they are related to Vitamin D.

The information and advice is practical and not overly wordy. In the section on determining a healthy body weight there are tables for BMI and charts for determining a healthy body weight. It tells about waist circumference in both adults and children and what a healthy measurement is. A section on "Eat to Beat Disease" tells about some of the top diseases and conditions in this country and what you can do to avoid them. The section on "Understanding claims on food packages" gives you an easy to understand key to each line of a nutritional label, how it's measured and what it means to you. There's another whole section on functional foods and what they are and the potential benefits.

This will be my "go to" reference book for anything having to do with nutrition. It's concise, to the point and is easy to understand. Two thumbs up!
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I pulled this book out of the box and someone else in the house immediately glommed on to it. "Hey! Look at this! I can just page down the thumb indexing and find that info on vitamins I was looking for."

That's right. You can access everything from information on calories, fats, vitamins, minerals, weight loss and body mass index, organic foods, food poisoning and more.

The book is organized so that you can find your desired topic by hitting the thumb index (dark printed area on the edge of the pages corresponding to the cover topic.) The book is designed to make it easy to use, and to encourage the reader to learn about nutrition and really improve their health. The writing is clear and even interesting.

I can't think of anyone who wouldn't want a copy of this on the bookshelf--that is, if you are concerned about your family's nutrition and your own health. This is a very well-thought-out book, compact and easy to read. This might be a great present for a newlywed, a mom, really, anyone who is proactive about their health.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Janet Brill on November 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Elisa Zied, a leading registered dietitian, gives us everything we need to know about nutrition in a delightfully easy-to-read book. Practical and accurate information presented in a highly organized fashion that enables the reader to grasp the nutrition facts quickly and just doesn't get any better than that. As a registered dietitian, I will recommend Nutrition at Your Fingertips whole-heartedly to my clients. Thanks Elisa for writing a great book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
Nutrition at your Fingertips is a dense reference book full of a variety of details. Just what is a carb? What are fats and sugars? The book goes step by step through explaining the details, as if you were taking a serious course on nutrition.

Author Elisa Zied has many qualifications and clearly knows what she is writing about. The book is full of charts, statistics, and helpful background information. You learn about the differences between soluble and insoluble fiber. You learn that protein can't be stored in the body, so you have to ingest it every day for your body to use. There are BMI charts, exercise-vs-calorie charts, water drinking charts, and more. This is the sort of the book that you can read through - but you can also keep on a shelf to pull down for reference.

The book assumes that you might be doing the spot-research activity. When you go into a given area, let's say fiber, there are a number of "go to ..." types of links that say "go back to section x.y for information on carbs" and "go forward to section x.y for information on calories". It helps to direct you to other related information.

A key problem, though, is that this all feels like a website that someone tried to squish into a book. Are you really going to use 10 different "links" to manually flip through to other sections by section ID, when you aren't even given the page number? There are complex formulas in here, and BMI charts filled with numbers, but they aren't laid out to be easy to use. Most people would use a simply online calculator rather than doing complex math. The chart could at least offer shades of grey for the different areas rather than making you do manual sorting to figure out where you fall. It ends up being not very user friendly.
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More About the Author

A leading national nutrition expert, Elisa Zied has helped thousands of people enjoy healthier lives through her work as a consultant, writer, author, and speaker. After 12 years of counseling individuals, families and groups through a private nutrition consulting practice, Elisa launched Zied Health Communications, LLC in 2010. As Founder and President, Elisa continues to work as a nutrition consultant and public speaker, author, and journalist. She also creates partnerships and works as a spokesperson with reputable companies and organizations that support her mission. She also creates television and video projects.

Elisa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, and from New York University with a Master of Science degree in clinical nutrition. She was a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) for 6 years, and received The New York State Dietetic Association Media Excellence Award in 2007. Elisa is also certified by the American Council on Exercise as a personal trainer.

Elisa has been a regular presence on and off camera for more than 15 years. She is a great communicator with a warm and approachable style that resonates with individuals and the public at large. Her common sense approach to real-world situations and her ability to cut through the clutter has provided the media and audiences alike with solid and dependable information about food and nutrition as well as practical real-world strategies to help people attain a healthier lifestyle and live a vibrant, enjoyable life.

Elisa has appeared as a nutrition expert on The Today Show and on Good Morning America. She was also a regular contributor on The Early Show on CBS for more than three years. She has also appeared as a nutrition and lifestyle expert on dozens of various national and local programs on ABC, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, The Food Network, VH1 and Lifetime. She is regularly quoted in print publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, People, Prevention, Glamour, Shape, Redbook, Parents, Parenting, Fitness, Women's Health, O, Self, Oxygen, and Men's Fitness, and online publications including WebMD, HealthDay, and others.

Elisa enjoys a busy and active life in New York City with her husband Brian and two sons, Spencer and Eli. An active person (and avid walker), Elisa loves to weight train, dance, and take an occasional tap or Zumba class. She also loves to play basketball, tennis, baseball, bowl, and ice skate with her family and friends. She also makes sure to satisfy her sweet tooth with a little bit of chocolate each day.