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Nutrition Zombies: Top 10 Myths That Refuse to Die: (And How to Keep Them From Sabotaging Your Diet) [Kindle Edition]

Monica Reinagel
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Book Description

In Nutrition Zombies, licensed nutritionist and dedicated myth-buster, Monica Reinagel (aka the Nutrition Diva), drives a stake through the heart of 10 persistent nutrition myths -- so that you can get on with the business of eating well and feeling fabulous.  
Next time you get one of those emails from your mother warning that drinking ice water with meals causes stomach cancer, or your spinning instructor starts explaining the importance of a regular "cleanse," or your co-worker claims that today's fruits and vegetables are completely devoid of nutrients, you'll be armed with the actual facts.  
Eating healthy isn't as difficult (or as joyless) as you've been led to believe. In this brief but fact-filled book, Monica sifts through the science and the silliness, separates food fact from food fiction, and offers her unique spin on the art of eating well.

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  • File Size: 266 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (January 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00633W7LI
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4.0 out of 5 stars Headshot to Bad Dieting Advice July 26, 2012
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Being a fan of many of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcasts, I found out about this Kindle book from several of them. Since the title talks about zombies and it is fairly cheap ($2.99), I thought I would try it out.

The introduction lays out her basic approach: after careful research, she writes about ten popular misconceptions about nutrition. Getting rid of outdated and incorrect information is important, so she encourages a healthy skepticism about "conventional wisdom" when it comes to food. In that spirit, she encourages readers to check her resources (provide on her web page).

The tips cover a variety of topics including the following: caffeine is bad for you, microwaving destroys nutrients, we're all dehydrated, juice is good for kids, whole grains are highly nutritious, etc. Having a focus on parenting issues, let's look at the "juice is good for kids" myth.

Most people think fruit juice is a good substitute for eating actual fruit and even the USDA says you get credit for eating one fruit if you drink half a cup of fruit juice. The problem is most fruit juices are processed and lose a lot of their nutrients and fiber. Sugar (and calories) still remain, making for a tasty drink. This results in a second whammy, getting children to prefer sweet drinks, rather than healthier options like milk or water. An unhealthy habit can develop under the guise of a healthy alternative. I looked at the documentation and it is pretty convincing.

We typically cut the juice we give to our children, filling their cups half with water and half with juice. I will be shifting the amount to more water and start offering just water, especially when we are out and about.
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Some of the myth are actually not true, my take is this nutritionist never struggled with gut issue so she doesn't understand the effect of most of it. She say coffee is armless but it does create digestion havoc for sensitive people. She also mention eating grain being fine but a lot of people do way better without them and we didn't evolve eating it. I myself no longer eat grain because they cause huge issues for me. There is also more about food combining, yes you will digest it but combining food with other stuff again cause digestive difficulties. And as far as the microwaves, I personally choose to avoid it as there isn't enough info to prove once and for all, how safe it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Validation! February 24, 2013
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There are a number of nutritional dicta that I've thought didn't sound sensical. This booklet confirmed a bunch of those for me with logic and scientific backing.
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