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Posted July 13, 2001
Gastronomic guide par-excellence!
In the RealAge Diet, the two eminently-qualified physician authors have managed to adroitly navigate the reader through the abstruse and often conflicting research data on food and health in a succinct, cogent and readily 'digestible' manner. Although the authors' commentary and critique of existing diet books are reflective of their own biased 'take' on the subject, the fact that their dietary recommendations are based on peer-reviewed journal articles do lend credence to their claims. Moreover, pithy snippets of information interjected in the form of 'RealAge Cafe Tips' render the text more visually arresting and flavorful. ...Altogether a seminal gastronomic tome and wellness-guide rolled into one...a fitting sequel to 'RealAge' and a 'must-read' for those who aspire to live life with vim, vigor and vitality.
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Posted June 3, 2001
Useful Applications of Research on Food and Health
The connection between food and health is a strong one. Many diet-obsessed people overly focus on this one element of health though. This book builds from the RealAge research to help you change your eating habits in permanent, healthy ways. The book's weakness is that the recommended solutions require a lot of discipline to get started. The book's conclusion that these changes will make you physiologically younger may well be a stretch. 'To be honest, there's still a lot that scientists don't know about nutrition.' That sentence is the most important one in the book. A new diet could be produced every year incorporating the latest research results, and each one would be different. I suspect that this continuing change in perceptions will go on for decades. So I suggest that you not take the results of any one diet book too seriously. Some of the key conclusions of each one will probably be contradicted in the future. Nevertheless, this book is an attempt to point you toward eating habits that reduce diseases older people get more frequently and extend longevity. On the other hand, this book does not focus on appearance or weight level. Many people who read diet books are more interested in those two areas than longevity. If you are interested in another diet currently, this book probably reviews the other diet and gives you a rating for whether or not that diet will help extend longevity. The book is most positive about Eating Well for Optimum Health and Dean Ornish's Eat More, Weigh Less. The book's advice can be encapsulated as 'Eat nutrient rich, calorie poor, and delicious.' These foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish, and the right fats (eaten in moderation early in the meal). If you are familiar with books about nutrition, you won't find any big 'aha's' here. The main news is that eating fish seems to have benefits separate from eating the fats that are in fish. Now, I find that I feel a lot better if I eat fish 2 or 3 times a week. I suspect that listening to your body is often as reliable as the latest evidence. Like many of the best books about nutrition and Sugarbusters!, this one warns about paying attention to glycemic levels of foods. I did find its focus on calorie count to be questionable. The weight set-point for people differs a lot, and some people with slow metabolisms may find this approach just another painful way to be overweight. Calories do count, but picking your target is hard to do well. Spending a lot of time measuring calories will reduce consumption. If you have a high metabolism, the effort may well bring weight-loss rewards worth the effort. The scientific references in the back of the book are impressive, but are not well connected to the text. You would have to do a lot of reading to find out what the research really says. I would like to have seen a closer connection between the footnotes and the text. Both Eating Well for Optimum Health and Live Right 4 Your Type are better in this area. A clear conflict exists between this book and Live Right 4 Your Type. Both seem to be equally based on scientific research, except that Live Right 4 Your Type attempts to match the advice for your blood type. This book discusses the earlier book, Eat Right 4 Your Type, which does not closely match to research references. Based on my own experiences with both the average and the blood type adjusted approaches, I think the Live Right 4 Your Type method works better for me than the RealAge Diet. If you have heart disease, you will have to modify some of those diets to reflect that by reducing fat (see Dean Ornish's Reversing Heart Disease). If you are well read on nutrition, this book will not add much to your knowledge. If you eat poorly and have not read about nutrition, this is a fine book for you. I would like to commend the section in the book on eating out. There are many good ideas for how to have your food prepared in healthier ways. Even
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Posted May 9, 2001
Science, health, good food, and fun
This is an outstanding book which helps make sense of diets, nutrients, and health. Drs. Roizen and LaPuma recommend foods which have the micronutrients for optimal health, but which don't require eating only one kind of food or omitting whole classes either. The chapter which evaluates other diets (including Atkins, Sommers, and Ornish) is great - it shows what is good and bad about these diets, especially what makes sense scientifically and what doesn't. If these diets work for you, the authors have made some tips about making them healthier. I have found the chapter on how to order healthy food at restaurants to be particularly helpful, both for myself, and in giving recommendations to my patients.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 23, 2009
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