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

David Grotto, Author
David Grotto. Da Capo Lifelong, $15.99 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-0-7382-1596-9
Reviewed on: 03/04/2013
Release date: 01/01/2013
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Well aware of the American obsession with lists, leading dietician Grotto has compiled this index of top foods, designed to showcase individual foods’ particular benefits. He arranged lists in dozens of categories: by nutrient content, by body part, even by specific ailments (from black beans and black raspberries for breast cancer to carrot juice’s superiority in maintaining gum health). Beyond the many lists, readers will find an objective and highly readable cornucopia of advice and information as Grotto briefly explains why each food is a valuable addition to one’s diet and he outlines how understanding the mechanisms of specific health problems is central to his approach. 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. (Feb.)
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