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What Color Is Your Diet? Paperback – June 18, 2002
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According to Heber, the varied colors in fruits and vegetables indicate "specific beneficial substances that help to prevent the common diseases that affect many of us as we get older." Damage to DNA leads to changes in our genes as we age that can result in diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease. Substances found in plant foods protect our DNA.
Heber has coded plant foods into seven colors, all of which have different health-protecting qualities: red, red-purple, orange, orange-yellow, yellow-green, green, and white-green. "Colorize your diet" to protect your DNA by eating at least one serving (one-half cup cooked or one cup raw) of a fruit or vegetable from each color each day. Huber also suggests that at least half your protein intake be soy. He includes diet plans for men (1,800 to 2,000 calories) and women (1,200 to 1,400 calories) and 19 recipes to get you started. Though the emphasis is on plant-based foods, most of his recipes are not vegetarian. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Merely by increasing the number of vegetables and fruits that my husband ate, he crowded out the crap he'd been obliviously living on. He began to count calories because the results from merely eating more healthily a la Heber made him feel very positive. In six months, he lost sixty-five pounds. His cholesterol went from 220 (a number achieved with the help of those meds) to 125. He's kept the weight off five months now, but we are determined that he will be eating this way for life. We have a word in our household: Heberific. My husband's Park Avenue doctor phoned me and said: "I didn't recognize your husband from his numbers [meaning his blood test numbers]. They've never looked like this! You've added at least ten years to your husband's life, and really fifteen quality years. You are a hero!" I accepted the compliment because it's I who do most of the food preparation.
Now I go to the fruits-and-vegetable market almost every day. I too have made a game of tracking what color fruits and vegies my husband is eating (I composed a daily chart; I've noticed another reader said he did the same thing). I keep meaning to write Dr. Heber a thank-you letter but then I thought perhaps I should simply post my praise on Amazon.
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The bad news (which really irritates me): There are no footnotes and virtually no references (a whole chapter may have only one or two references cited). The text (though written for laypersons) addresses complicated issues relating to metabolism, biochemistry, genetics and other scientific issues. To support his points the author refers frequently to research, studies and publications, but virutally none of these sources are actually identified (well, sometimes "identification" is provided along the lines of "a 1998 study" or "according to the NIH" -- just try to find an article or publication on Medline based on that info!) On this issue, the text gets zero stars from me.
In as complicated and contentious an area as food, diet, supplementation and preventive health, it is unforgiveable for a purported authoritative book written by a real medical scientist to omit this information (especially since all of the sources would have to be collected in the course of writing, any way). In my view, the day is long past for accepting health books in which the author (no matter how well credentialled) in effect says the reader ought to follow his advice on the grounds that "I'm smarter than you and I'm telling you to".Read more ›
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This is an amazing book about health and nutrition backed up by credible science. This book stands the text of time as is not like most other "diet fad" books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Greg
Well written book with lots of helpful Information. Easy read on fascinating topic !!Published 6 months ago by Ufcw
I love this book It has everything in it. I have really changed the way that I look at my plate. Now I check to see if all the food groups are present. Wow!Published 18 months ago by Grateful one
very informative. Taught me a lot of great things about diets and nutrition through all colors of foods and what to eatPublished 23 months ago by jeff e marconette jr.
Arrived when it was raining, so book did end up gettin wet, bummer, in bubble wrap envelope. dried it out and able to read and use. arrived on time.Published on September 4, 2013 by Marie
This is a great resource for natural health and wellness. We can heal ourselves with a healthy diet and this book explains why a well colored diet is so important to our health. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Beverly Dunford
David Heber is highly qualified to write on the benefits of diet on health. Heber earned his MD/PhD from Harvard and heads UCLA's Center of Human Nutrition. Read morePublished on October 15, 2009 by GoJohnnyGoGoGoGo