What to Eat: An Aisle-by-Aisle Guide to Savvy Food Choices and Good Eating

Marion Nestle, Author . FSG/North Point $30 (611p) ISBN 978-0-86547-704-9

According to nutritionist Nestle (Food Politics ), the increasing confusion among the general public about what to eat comes from two sources: experts who fail to create a holistic view by isolating food components and health issues, and a food industry that markets items on the basis of profits alone. She suggests that, often, research findings are deliberately obscure to placate special interests. Nestle says that simple, common-sense guidelines available decades ago still hold true: consume fewer calories, exercise more, eat more fruits and vegetables and, for today's consumers, less junk food. The key to eating well, Nestle advises, is to learn to navigate through the aisles (and thousands of items) in large supermarkets. To that end, she gives readers a virtual tour, highlighting the main concerns of each food group, including baby, health and prepared foods, and supplements. Nestle's prose is informative and entertaining; she takes on the role of detective, searching for clues to the puzzle of healthy and satisfying nutrition. Her intelligent and reassuring approach will likely make readers venture more confidently through the jungle of today's super-sized stores. (May)

Reviewed on: 03/13/2006
Release date: 05/01/2006
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 611 pages - 978-0-86547-738-4
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