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Sometimes nutrition just seems too complicated for the average person to learn, like thinking you'll take up calculus when you can barely figure a 15-percent tip (that's why so many of us eat at fast-food outlets--no math required). Daily press reports on the latest amazing discoveries or conflicting research results only further our determination to take up better nutrition--next year. But long-time collaborators Patricia Hausman and Judith Benn Hurley make healthful eating easy. The Healing Foods is laid out in their standard A-Z format with headings for recommended foodstuffs ("Apples," "Apricots," "Artichokes") and common ailments that can be improved by eating right ("Cholesterol," "Colds," "Constipation").

The information is presented in plain language, and the short, informative chapters (usually two to four pages) are easily digestible. The healing foods themselves are items common to any grocery store. Each food chapter gives a brief explanation of the food's intrinsic value, suggestions on purchasing the best produce, tips for storage, and an "Accent on Enjoyment" section that offers ideas for dressing up plain fruits and vegetables to be more appetizing. The recipes that conclude each of these chapters are flavorful and simple to prepare (Sautéed Chicken with Prunes and Shallot, Cauliflower with Mustard Sauce and Dill). Most recipes serve four and take under half an hour to prepare. Even the dietary changes suggested in the chapters on conquering specific health problems are easily accommodated (they are not lifestyle changes, only menu ideas) by the average person. This is not nutritional calculus; it's basic math accessible to everyone. --Brenda Pittsley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hausman ( The Calcium Bible ) and Hurley, food columnist for Prevention magazine, have written an alphabetical compendium of more than 100 foods (from bulgar to carrots) and the diseases or physical conditions that are helped or hindered by diet. The authors identify scientific and quasi-scientific links between food and disease-prevention, and offer helpful buying, preparation and cooking tips. Also provided are easy-to-understand nutritional charts, lists of food sources for vitamins and minerals, recipes and menu plans. In exalting the benefits to health of variety in eating, however, the authors neglect certain considerations. For example, they make no mention of the potential dangers in eating pollution-contaminated fish (especially swordfish or tuna), or the risk of hepatitis in eating raw clams, and dismiss too quickly the potential health hazards of estrogen replacement therapy when discussing ways to prevent osteoporosis in pre-menopausal women. A suggested reading list and citations for studies discussed here would have been useful to readers hungry for more information or left less than convinced. Illustrations not seen by PW.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; 1 edition (March 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440214408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440214403
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,293,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is fabulous. It presents an easy to use, wide ranging amount of information, and presents it in a way that makes you excited to cook and eat all these good things! With recipes, information of good vitamin sources etc, it has remained one of my most important nutritional reference books for years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dew on November 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Certain foods have always had the reputation of being good for us and there are some that heal. This book is about foods that prevent or ease ailments from arthritis and high blood pressure to allergies and diabetes, to angina and even cancer.

A good book to start with, when learning about nutrition.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By louise on April 12, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This has been a book that I can always depend on when I need a reference. The information is similiar to that I have received from nurses and doctors. It is just so handy to have it right at my fingertips. Several of my friends have asked to borrow this book, and I'm always apprehensive until it is returned to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A.J.W. on January 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book not only provides a few good recipes but also tells what the foods are good for. This book tells you what health issues a certain food can help with. For example, grapefruit is good for cholesterol.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AM on August 30, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Simple, alphabetized list of foods, illnesses and remedies. Not very detailed, but rather like a pocket-book reference point.
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By A. Boyd on April 4, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have done over one hundred hours of nutritional research from books to videos and hours of Internet searches. I have adopted a non GMO lifestyle and though this book does not stay true to that lifestyle I find the information invaluable. I love to learn about eating the healthiest food and why certain foods are the best for me and for certain ailments. This book is a treasure in my opinion. The recipes are fabulous and the meal plans are definitely something I will be using:) Love it!
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The paperback version is too hard to read because the print is so small - I had a hardback copy that someone borrowed and it was so much easier to read.
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