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The Complete Book of Food Counts: 4th Edition Mass Market Paperback – January 2, 1997

4.1 out of 5 stars 137 customer reviews

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If you really want to analyze and/or change your diet, you need to know more than a count of the calories you're taking in; you also need to know the fat, cholesterol, fiber, and sodium. You get all this and more from The Complete Book of Food Counts, a 770-page paperback that lists every food you can think of, including brand-name items. Each food is analyzed by calories; grams of protein, carbohydrate, fat, and fiber; and milligrams of cholesterol and sodium. Let's say you're trying to stick to a healthy diet that is high in fiber and low in fat and sodium. Look up a food item and you'll see an array of brands compared, making it easy to find the healthiest choices. All major brands of packaged, canned, and frozen food items are listed. You can even look up a chain restaurant and check out menu options before you order; for example, a Carl's Jr. Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich feeds you 530 calories and a whopping 30 grams of fat (the same as a McDonald's Quarter Pounder with cheese!) and 1,230 milligrams of sodium. Know what you're eating--look it up before you buy! --Joan Price

From the Publisher

Newly revised to give you the most comprehensive and authoritative compilation of up-to-date food data!

Contains Over 12,000 Listings.

The Book That Counts it All!

* Calories * Carbohydrates * Protein * Cholesterol * Sodium * Fat * Fiber *

The Classic Bestseller from Corinne T. Netzer, America's #1 Authority on the Nutritional Content of Food.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; 4 Revised edition (January 2, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440221102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440221104
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 4.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,847,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Corinne Netzer's COMPLETE BOOK OF FOOD COUNTS delivers even more than it promises, in a very handy 4" wide by 7" tall by 1-3/4" thick size that is easy to carry along to work, restaurants, and shopping.

This book has at least 10,000 name brands, restaurant foods, and basic foods in it and includes calories, carbohydrates, protein, sodium, cholesterol, fat and fiber for each food. Netzer has managed to pack it all into an easy-to-read and easy-to-use format. PHENOMENAL!

This one is definitely a keeper and the best I've found!

I bought three other references (one that was supposedly a fat counter, another an all-in-one refernce and the other a cholesteral guide) at the same time I bought Corinne T. Netzer's COMPLETE BOOK OF FOOD COUNTS. If I had gotten Netzer's book first, I could have saved a lot of money because I didn't need to buy the others. Not only is Netzer's book complete and more comprehensive than the others, it is less expensive than any of the others, too!

Since this is such a useful book, it would make a great gift for anyone on your list. They needn't be on a diet or be a "health nut" to be happy to have an up-to-date and useful reference!
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Together with a calculator, this book is indispensable in monitoring one's intake of the major macronutrients, etc. I first heard of it at the website of Dr. C. Everett Koop after learning how many grams of protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber I should have every day for my age, height, sex, frame size and activity level, and I am glad that I was able to find it on this website and buy it. Despite the fact that under Fat only the Total number of grams of fat for each food item is listed rather than this as well as the number of grams of saturated (bad--cholesterol-raising) and unsaturated fat which is information I need from time to time, it gets five stars because it is so comprehensive and well organized. Not only does it list many unprocessed foods, but also many packaged and processed foods as well as fast foods, and its size and format enable the reader to find out what he need to know quickly and easily (and just about anywhere that he happens to be). Because I had had high cholesterol and need to watch my intake of saturated fat as well as total fat, I did buy another book here which does provide that information, The Food Bible by Judith Wills which I also recommend if you can buy two on this subject. However, I wouldn't want to be without this one especially since it is so complete and includes such a wide variety of foods in such a user friendly manner. It is been especially helpful to me in keeping my weight under control ( I am female, 5' 3 1/2" tall and I am just plain unhappy if I weigh more than a pound or two more than 107--which, with this book at hand, does not happen--it is NOT always necessary to count every calorie-just getting an idea of the number of calories in the foods that one eats on a daily basis can help one to exercise enough portion control so that problems don't arise in the first place. This book is the best resouce that I have for that). Highly recommended for implementing a healthy, balanced diet!
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I bought this book thinking it would be a great calorie counting book. It's not. It's hard to find generic food types unless you eat all frozen, canned, prepared, or certain restaurant foods and never make your own. I live in the midwest and most of my familiar places to eat aren't even in the book. Calorie King is a better book by far.
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I found this a very frustrating book because it gives counts for volume measures of foods, but not very often for weights of foods. If you don't want to jam your yam into a cup measure to figure out its count, but want to weigh it on a scale, forget it. No by-weight counts for many (most?) common foods, e.g., apples, flour, oranges, yams. (There was a count for a 2.8 oz. carrot! Geez; mine was 3.7 oz.--hard to estimate.) Also, if you cook from scratch and don't visit fast food palaces, you will get sick of crawling through listings for lots and lots of fast and prepared foods (which probably have current counts on their labels anyway). Measurers, ball-parkers, and fast food folks may be happy. I wasn't.
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I am extremely disappointed in this book, and there has not been one other item on Amazon.com where I have completely disagreed with almost all of the other reviews to this extent.
If you have eyes and you can read and you have a pantry full of food with labels on it, then you do not need this book! It seems the only food in this book are brand name foods that have all the same information ON THE LABEL that is in this book.
The book supposedly contains brand name items and generic, but in my experience, I would say the book is 95% brand names and 5% generic. By generic I mean food like apples, greens, milk, baking chocolate; I could not find any listing for fudge, red velvet cake or things like hot and sour soup. All I was expecting was a ball park figure of fat and calories as I realize these foods could vary based on preparation methods, but instead I have nothing to go on. For hot and sour soup, for instance, I looked up Chinese (there is no listing for Chinese), soup, ethnic foods (there is no listing for ethnic either), H for hot etc so I am sure it is not in the book.
There are listings for some Fast Food restaurants, but you could easily find the same information on web sites. I didn't really need this information.
From what I can tell this book serves no purpose other than to save you a trip from your kitchen to your pantry or refrigerator or freezer where you could just pick up the item and read for yourself what contents are in it.
It was money wasted for me.
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