"What you eat and what you drink really are vital parts of what you are--and what you will become," writes British nutritionist and weight-loss expert Judith Wills in The Food Bible
. "Food is not only vital fuel but also vital medicine." This book is packed full of nutritional information. Section 1 details how to get the modern version of a balanced diet, including the latest information on fiber, fat, protein, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals (health-protecting compounds in fruits and vegetables), food safety, and how to put all this together with food and menu choices. In section 2, we get a discussion of food as medicine. Specific ailments are paired with helpful foods, herbs, and vitamins, plus foods to avoid; Wills also gives menu suggestions for avoiding certain conditions and discusses supplements, herbs, and detoxification. In the next section, Wills explains what foods to eat at different stages of your life to meet different nutritional challenges. Section 4 is a sensible discussion of weight-control strategies with a four-week plan. Cooking tips, charts, and about 100 recipes comprise section 5. Each recipe comes with an extensive nutritional breakdown (calories, fat, saturated fat, fiber, protein, carbohydrate, vitamins, and minerals) and information about whether the recipe is helpful in disease prevention and whether it is vegetarian, low-calorie, quick, budget, or free of gluten/wheat, yeast, or dairy. Section 6 offers the nutritional components of 400 foods, designating 50 of these foods as "superfoods."
Whatever your dietary constraints or goals, this is an essential book to own and read often. It's also a pretty book, with creative food photos and an attractive layout, making this a good gift. --Joan Price
From Library Journal
Wills (Take Off 10 Years in 10 Weeks, Putnam, 1997), a British nutrition expert, has written one of the most comprehensive nutrition books recently published. She covers the latest scientific research on balanced diets, food as medicine, weight control, and food for health and pleasure. More than 350 food charts provide fat, calorie, fiber, cholesterol, and sugar contents. Common food-related ailments are listed, with suggested food solutions. Foods are listed for different stages of life, and healthy cooking for different lifestyles is discussed. One chapter, on foods for gaining weight, is unique. Food preparation and safety are also discussed. This is an excellent nutrition reference book, except for a few places; e.g., for osteoporosis, Wills notes that foods high in oxalates may hinder absorption of calcium but then lists chocolate as one of the best sources of calcium. Over 100 healthy recipes, including some for vegetarians, are included. Recommended for all nutrition reference collections.?Loraine F. Sweetland, IPS Information Problem Solvers, Crossville, TN
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