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This sturdily bound paperback is equally substantial inside. Augmented by full-color identification photographs, the text, in an easy-on-the-eye arrangement on the page, presents 200 of the best superfoods, which are defined here as “foods that contain a high level of essential nutrients and other compounds that may benefit your health.” There is no need to fear that superfoods, then, are grim, unattractive, bad-tasting items that are “good for you.” No, we’re talking about oranges, peas, walnuts, olive oil, game, salmon, tuna, and even dark chocolate. Each profile includes a discussion of the “healthy evidence”: a couple of paragraphs about why the food item is so good for human consumption. A “making the most” paragraph concerns how to best use the item in one’s diet. This book would be at home both on the cookery/nutrition reference shelf and in the personal library for menu planning. --Brad Hooper

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If consumers were asked whether they would change their diets if they knew specific foods would combat certain conditions, help retard their aging process, and provide the energy they needed to function at their best, it is safe to bet that the answer would be a resounding yes. Enter Registered Dietician Tonia Reinhard. In her latest book, Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet... she cites the ongoing research into the links between food and health, and the scientific evidence that proves the effectiveness of individual foods on certain conditions.... In addition, the author includes the "Healthy Evidence" that led to the inclusion of each, and provides detailed information including nutritional content, seasonal variations, curative value, combinations that enhance their efficacy and those to avoid, how to maximize the beneficial effects of each [and] preparation advice and culinary tips... This comprehensive guide will help you design your own portfolio of powerful foods. (FoodReference.com 2010-12-03)

Reinhard, a registered dietitian, compiled this guide to 200 of the most nutrient-dense foods. The book is divided by food type with sections on vegetables and fruit, legumes, nuts and oils, herbs and spices, grains, beverages and treats, nutritional supplements, and, yes, meat! Each entry contains a brief history of the food; a reference to a medical study; vitamin, mineral, and phytochemical content; and tips on usage. Many of the foods are familiar, such as olive oil, lentils, and almonds. Lesser-known ingredients such as goji berries and spirulina are also highlighted... A solid beginner's reference, especially for those seeking the authority of medical studies. (Rukshana Singh Library Journal 2010-11-15)

Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet is a comprehensive compendium of the world's healthiest foods and how to get the most out of them. Registered dietician Tonia Reinhard gives expert advice in this easy-to-use guide on the very best 200 high-powered, super-healthy foods. She debunks many erroneous advertisements and rumors. An introduction includes a definition of "superfoods," the beneficial compounds in each, the role of antioxidants, going organic, and how to use this book, along with a colorful picture of the food. She provides essential tips on how to maximize each food's beneficial effects as well as some culinary tips. Superfoods is organized by food type.... Each entry contains a brief history of the food; a reference to a medical study; vitamin, mineral, and phytochemical content; and tips on usage.... Recommended for the public library, the general interested reader, and health providers. (Nadine Salmons American Reference Books Annual 2010 2011-03-01)

Not a bad idea to leaf through and then throw a few of these "superfoods" into your grocery cart each week. In other words, hello gogi berry, wheat germ, and pumpkinseed pancakes! (Amy Rosen Canadian House and Home 2011-01-19)

Whether you want to take small steps to change or completely overhaul your diet, this comprehensive guide is sure to help you. (Due West_Due East 2011-04-30)

Turn to this book to learn how to get the most out of the world's nutrient-dense super-healthy foods. Organized by food type, Superfoods covers nutritional content and potential health benefits while providing recipe ideas and guidance on food combinations. (Taste for Life 2011-03-01)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (September 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554076846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554076840
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,320,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tonia Reinhard is the Director of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics and a Senior Lecturer at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She is also the Course Director for Clinical Nutrition at the School of Medicine at Wayne State. Tonia is a past President of the Michigan Dietetic Association (MDA) and serves on the Governor's Expert Committee on Childhood Obesity, and the Oakland County Child Obesity Committee.

Her previous positions include Manager of Clinical Nutrition at a Detroit-area Hospital and Director of the Expanded Nutrition Education Program for Michigan State University in Macomb. She has worked as a clinical dietitian and done outpatient counseling in hospital and physicians' offices.

Tonia has authored four books and several publications ranging from technical papers to articles for consumers. In addition to publications, Tonia presented lectures to many diverse groups including physicians, dietitians, nurses, teachers, physical therapists, medical students, industry trade groups and community groups. She lives in Romeo, Michigan, with her husband John, and Seymour, a bearded dragon. Tonia has two adult children, Faye and Brendan, and new granddaughter Claire.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Buyerchick on February 16, 2012
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This book devotes a page or more to each food and tells what makes it a superfood. The color pictures of each food are awesome and I love the way it is formatted. I borrowed this from the public library and kept renewing it and I knew it needs to be permanent in my home library so I am here on amazon to buy it now. Enjoy!
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By Y S on September 11, 2013
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Easy to read book.. The breakdown of the nutritional value of the foods was very helpful. I would recommend it
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By ilysm on February 21, 2013
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Wow! This is a great book! I find myself looking at it quite often. I wish there was a book like this that covers more things, because I would definitely purchase it.

What I would like to find, is a book that describes TASTE, particularly of greens. That would be helpful as I am a green smoothie drinker.
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By crgnwbry on September 4, 2012
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This is an awesome book. It is exactly what I was looking for. Very insightful and full of useful information. I will be reading it more than once.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nomad127 on February 27, 2012
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If you want to learn about what to eat for a healthy lifestyle. I love the detailed information and breakdown for all of the foods in the book. I travel from the USA to Asia about 4 times a year and am always interested in things they have and we don't and this book lists many of the fruits and veggies. If you are serious about what to eat for what situation or symptom, then I highly recommend this book. I also enjoyed the glossy pages and full color photos.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sidney N on January 1, 2013
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Great information in this book. If you're looking for an in depth source on superfoods, this book has what you need. It's well written, easy to follow, and packed with great info. Highly recommended.
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