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The Best Things You Can Eat: For Everything from Aches to Zzzz, the Definitive Guide to the Nutrition-Packed Foods that Energize, Heal, and Help You Look Great Paperback – January 8, 2013


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738215961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738215969
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Library Journal, December 2012
“Comprehensive and fun for foodies.”




Truth Magazine, 1/11/13
“A quick and informative read that does all of the legwork for you, The Best Things You Can Eat makes it a bit easier to take care of yourself in 2013.”



Joy Bauer, MS RD CDN, Health and Nutrition Expert for NBC’s Today show


“Dave has created the ultimate nutrition dictionary – he’s boiled down all the confusing science into a handy, compact health resource that’s incredibly easy to navigate. This book enables you to feel top of your game by helping you choose the very best foods to meet your specific health goals!”


Ellie Krieger, Host of Food Network’s Healthy Appetite and author of Comfort Food Fix

The Best Things You Can Eat is like a Fortune 500 for food—a who’s who in nutritional wealth that celebrates the healthy bounty delicious real food provides. It’s chock-full of smart, useful information written in an engaging, fun way that makes you want to pick it up for pleasure as well as knowledge.”




EatDrinkBetter.com, 2/1/13
“An excellent reference book to have around the house.”




About.com, 2/14/13

“Whether you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure or you’re simply fighting the common cold, Grotto has sifted through the science to recommend top food picks based on sound science to help you heal.”




Tampa Bay Tribune, 2/23

“Ever so infrequently, a nutrition book comes along that's accurate, simple to understand and serves as a handy reference. The Best Things You Can Eat…is one of those books…In very little time, the book will educate and empower you to take control of your own health.



Bookviews, March 2013

“An interesting and informative look at common foods and their benefits…Much of what [Grotto] relates is quite surprising in a good sort of way. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about what they eat daily.”



AppforHealth.com, 3/1

“This isn’t just an awesome food and nutrition resource, it’s also a fun and relaxed read, thanks to the author’s clever, down-to-earth writing style…This tome definitely won’t end up collecting dust on your bookshelf—you’ll find yourself consulting it with all your food-related questions.”




Publishers Weekly, 3/4/13

“An objective and highly readable cornucopia of advice and information…Readers will find real answers about the nutrient content of all kinds of readily available foods, become aware of surprisingly healthy ‘shocker foods,’ and emerge more educated about food’s health benefits—whether they’re new to choosing healthier foods or not. This exhaustively researched book should be a top pick for any nutrition-conscious foodie.”




Philadelphia Tribune, 3/8

“Whether readers are looking for something to settle an upset stomach, the best way to control blood sugar or the easiest source of vitamin D, The Best Things You Can Eat provides useful, accessible answers for healthy living.”




Miami Herald, 3/19/13

“A great book about food, nutrition, and health should be informative not sensationalistic, accessible, science-based, and easy to nagivate…The Best Things You Can Eat is all that.”



Midwest Book Review, March 2013

“Any collection strong in nutrition and health needs this solid connection between food choices and optimum health.”



NewsBlaze.com (Australia), 3/12/13

“A highly recommended.



SharonPalmer.com, 12/11/2013

“I recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun read or has an interest in why the foods they are choosing to eat are in fact good for them.”

About the Author

David Grotto, RD, LDN, graduated with honors with a degree in medical dietetics and nutrition from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Formerly the national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, he is now the founder and president of Nutrition Housecall, LLC, a nutrition consulting firm that provides nutrition communications, lecturing and consulting services, and also offers personalized at-home dietary services.

He is the author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life and 101 Optimal Life Foods.

http://davidgrotto.wordpress.com/

More About the Author

Dave's entrée into the world of nutrition started over twenty-five years ago when he began working in the natural foods business at the age of 14. After owning and operating his own natural food store for eighteen years, Dave decided to become a registered dietitian and attended the University of Illinois at Chicago. He graduated with honors with a degree in medical dietetics and nutrition and is now completing his Masters in Nutrition and Wellness at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.

Dave hosted his own live radio show on health and nutrition for over 10 years and also hosted the television show Health & Lifestyles, Weekly with co-host Rock of Love's, Ambre Lake. He proudly served as a media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the ADA) for over six years and currently makes frequent appearances in both print and broadcast media.

Currently, Dave is the president and founder of Nutrition Housecall, LLC, a nutrition communications firm based in Chicago. He is also in private practice providing unique and lifestyle counseling for families.

Dave wrote the acclaimed book, 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life, which is now out in eighteen different languages. His second book, 101 Optimal Life Foods, with a foreword written by Montel Williams, debuted in January of 2010 and his latest book, Best Things You Can Eat, launches in January 2013. Dave is also a freelance writer and serves as an advisor to Fitness magazine plus blogs for the Real Life Nutrition community featured on WebMD.

Dave lives in the Chicagoland area with his wife Sharon; three daughters Chloe, Katie and Madison; two-female dogs Abbey and Gracie; and two female cats Bella and Lilly.

Customer Reviews

I received a review copy of this book and reference it regularly.
Michelle Dudash, RD
Throughout the book, Grotto has charts, which highlight what foods will do certain things.
Affaire de Coeur
Dave has a very laid back humorous writing style that makes the book very easy to read.
Jennifer Neily, MS, RDN, LD

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Neily, MS, RDN, LD on January 3, 2013
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I've been looking forward to the arrival of Dave Grotto's new book and it arrived early today. Having interviewed Dave months ago about its upcoming release I was intrigued by what he had to say so was looking forward to receiving it. Of course as a fellow registered dietitian (and btw, I purchased the book...it was not given to me and nobody asked me to write this review) I'm really interested in knowing what THE best sources are of nutrients.

The "bible" for nutrition in foods is the USDA nutrient database which is readily available online. You can get lists of all nutrients from highest to lowest which is all great and wonderful...the problem is they are ALL based upon 100 gram servings (about 3.5oz) - an amount not typically eaten for some foods so comparisons are not really apples to apples. In the book Dave provides serving sizes of what someone might actually eat. MUCH more useful. Furthermore the evals are based upon WHOLE foods and not those fortified - excellent! Otherwise Total cereal would be number one on every list :-)

I only wish I would have had this book last fall when I was updating my slides for the nutrition classes I teach. Would have made my job a whole lot easier!

Dave has a very laid back humorous writing style that makes the book very easy to read. Well done!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ChiWrit on January 7, 2013
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I've had the pleasure of interviewing the author over the past decade for various magazine stories, so I was excited for this book to come out. As usual, Grotto is chockfull of knowledge, and it's presented in an accessible, easy-to-understand way, along with interesting/unusual factoids. He somehow manages to make you want to try beef liver - no easy feat. I trust him so much that I recently hired him to help my parents lose weight. This "guy-a-tician" is good.
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Great Book! This simple to read, enjoyable text is jammed packed with nutrition info that we as dietitians get asked everyday!It is well referenced in addition to being just plain fun to read. It is not only for the health professional but the foodie and the consumer as well. I was not asked to write this review and I bought my own copy of the text. Dave Grotto has done it again!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryan D. Andrews on January 10, 2013
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I'm so glad there is finally a nutrition book like this. Within two hours of purchasing this book I was already referring to it! I get many questions about which foods are the best sources of each nutrient (beyond resorting to fortified foods). This book covers it. Also, the real-life portion sizes are helpful since many websites have unrealistic comparisons.

The lists covering sleep and cold/flu were helpful as well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barry Sharpe on February 20, 2013
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I don't usually buy diet books. But I got this for my wife of 32 years, who has battled type 1 diabetes for more than 25 years, and then surprised myself by reading about the various qualities of foods that are good for you.
Did you know artichokes are good for lowering cholestoral and are one of the top sources of soluble fiber and can help battle liver cancer? Or that grape juice can improve memory? Lots of fun food facts in this one. Well written and cross referenced, too.
I found the book information concise and complete. Foods are grouped according to dietary objectives. And nicely put together as well. You'll find hundreds of yummy ideas to incorporate into your diet. Have fun looking up your favorite food to see what it can benefit.
It's a keeper!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Jones on May 9, 2013
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This book helps me to eat healthy. Eating certain foods will help me to eliminate some medications. I like that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Boedigheimer on March 20, 2013
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I like the information, but I cannot seem to use the index as the pages are not in sync on my ipad. I tried changing font size...perhaps it is user error. Either way, it makes it very hard to navigate.

Wow, the author replied personally to me and is working to fix the problem with the index so that it is usable with Kindle. Like I said, the content is great! I can confidently say five star service and content. Thank you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elisa Zied, registered dietitian, author on March 2, 2013
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Dave Grotto, someone I'm proud to call a friend and colleague, has written yet another terrific, well-researched book that merges the latest science with the practical to help consumers fill their plates and their mouths with delicious and nutritious food. As usual, Dave injects his terrific personality into his work, and hand-holds (but does not patronize) readers on their journey towards making better food choices depending on their needs, preferences and health status. This book is an invaluable resource that I refer to regularly as it sits right on my desk. Two thumbs up from this registered dietitian and mom!
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