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SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life Hardcover – December 23, 2003

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About the Author

Steven G. Pratt, M.D., is a world-renowned authority on the role of nutrition and lifestyle in the prevention of disease and optimization of health. He is a senior staff ophthalmologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (December 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060535679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060535674
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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203 of 212 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent reference work for your personal health
library. The author describes strategies for maximizing
antioxidants in the diet by eating blueberries,pumpkin and
strawberries. Isoflavones may be found in soy-based foods.
Fiber and B vitamins may be obtained from beans. Vitamin D
may be added to yogurt to potentiate the calcium added to the diet. This work contains many superfood menus which are easy
to interpret and reproduce for your eating pleasure. A main
theme of the book is to provide badly needed nutrients by
eating a variety of foods which introduce antioxidants and
fiber into the body. This will help deal with the natural
inflammation which many middle age people find difficult to
manage. i.e. gut inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome etc.
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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent summary of the latest research from the past few years about the benefits of certain foods like salmon and spinach. The things I like about this book are: 1) no product is being sold - The author doesn't make supplements or creams or anything the way that Perricone (The Wrinkle Cure) does. 2)The book only promotes whole foods, not supplements 3) there are excellent recipes using the 14 superfoods 4)The book doesn't focus on the "dont's" just the "do's" 5)It isn't a difficult program to follow.
This is a great book for learning about the health benefits of certain foods and getting the inspiration to eat them.
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128 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie B. Allen on January 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I suppose if you are new to the whole superfoods theory this might be an okay start. However, I've read too many other good authors' works to have gone through this book and not say anything. The information is dated, at times misleading and inaccurate. I have three of this authors' Superfoods books. I should have bought only one prior to the other two. If you want to truly educate yourself, start with "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth" by Jonny Bowden, then try "seasonal food" by Susannah Blake, "The Food Substitutions Bible" by David Joachim and "the new whole foods encyclopedia" by Rebecca Wood.
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133 of 140 people found the following review helpful By A. Aguero on March 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was never much of a cook, but I have always been interested in getting my family to eat healthy foods, and this book has shown me how easy it is to do just that. The 14 foods listed as "Superfoods" are delicious, and the authors include numerous "sidekicks," or foods that offer the same or similar benefits. After just one month of preparing foods using the recommendations in "SuperFoods Rx," everyone in my family has experienced significant health benefits--my husband's cholesterol level plummeted, and lifelong digestive problems have disappeared. Best of all, everyone from ages six to fifty LOVE the meals (one favorite is a stew I invented that contains turkey, carrots, cabbage, canned tomatoes, beans, spinach, onions, cubes of firm tofu and/or whatever else is on hand; I use Goya "cubitos" and seasoning for a delicious broth). Nobody wants sugar cookies anymore, now that we can go to the fridge anytime and enjoy luscious cultured yogurt with blueberries and diced walnuts, fresh watermelon--even some yummy dark chocolate with a pot of green or black tea. The possibilities are endless!!
Diets do not work--they are temporary, often based on absurd principles, and only perpetuate an unhealthy obsession with food. As the authors point out, what is needed is a permanent change for the better in eating habits for the entire family. Considering the obesity crisis in this country, such a sensible and practical approach could not come at a better time.
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283 of 306 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This excellent new book by medical doctor Steven Pratt pulls together a lot of recent nutritional research in an easily digestible format by focusing on the fourteen most healthy foods, the foods which can be grouped with these fourteen to provide variety, and some basic methods for preparing these foods.
This is a presentation to the layman of scientific results. By it's nature, this leads to simplifications and potentially misleading statements. My biggest concern with any book of this type is that it is overstating its case. There is no question in my mind that eating these 14 foods (and avoiding worthless foods) will improve your health. The book is very careful in not quantifying potential gains, but it does come dangerously close to making medically unfounded statements. One I detected is the suggestion that eating cholesterol-reducing foods such as oats and cabbage family vegetables will remove the need for drugs to reduce cholesterol. When I posed a similar question to my physician, he kept to the medically sound albeit very conservative line that the tendency of the body to produce cholesterol is genetic and keeping cholesterol within safe levels for me requires medication, probably for the rest of my life. This is a case study of why books like this tend to overstate their cases. Response to improvements in diet is determined by one's genetic makeup. What works for some may not work for others. The bottom line for the skeptic's view of this book is to take all the statements on benefits from these foods with a grain of salt. They may be right for you, and they may not.
Having made the skeptic's case for this book, I turn to the advocate's case.
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