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The Complete Book of Running for Women: Everything You Need to Know about Training, Nutrition, Injury Prevention, Motivation, Racing and Much, Much More

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2000

    Good running info but misguided nutrition section

    While this book overall provides a lot of useful RUNNING information, especially to the beginner, the nutrition section may offend vegetarians, and provides misguided 'information' about the necessity of meat. In this section, Ms. Kowalchik sounds like she might have been paid by the dairy and meat industry to promote their products! She has a section devoted to promoting red meat for all its wonderful vitamin/mineral content (without mention of possible carcinogenic effects), insinuating that the reduction of meat in our diet is to blame for women falling short in their RDA of protein,which is flawed logic because we have generally increased our intake of protein from other sources to compensate. In a section on iron she points out that iron from vegetable products are best absorbed when served with meat, so 'add some meat to your bean chili.' (p. 93) That's the kind of statement that makes a vegetarian (like me) fume!! This is not to say she promotes a meat- or dairy- oriented diet (like Atkins)-- she basically promotes the food pyramid, but does not seem very open to or informed about the advantages of a more vegetable-soy oriented diet, which is widely touted by nutrition experts as quite healthy and safe. For those serious about nutrition, I would skip this chapter of the book.

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