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What to Eat

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by Marion Nestle
 

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Since its publication in hardcover last year, Marion Nestle's What to Eat has become the definitive guide to making healthy and informed choices about food. Praised as "radiant with maxims to live by" in The New York Times Book Review and "accessible, reliable and comprehensive" in The Washington Post, What to Eat is an indispensable

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What to Eat 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Ali_BaderEddin More than 1 year ago
The book targets the mostly consumed foods in the United States and tells the end consumers if they are heading in the right direction. It highlights the role of politics in the food industry and continuously reminds us that the end goal of any entity selling food is to sell more and gain profit. It takes into consideration the different backgrounds of the people that are going to read the book and gives recommendations based on health, price, economy and environment. Here is a quick highlight of the type of questions the book answers: Topic: Organic Fruits and Vegetables. Answer: Fruits and vegetables labeled "organic" are truly organic. So if you want to eat healthier and willing to pay the price, get organic. Also, take into consideration where the food is grown. If grown locally, it's certainly more fresh. Here is a very clear answer from the book on what's recommended: "(1) organic and locally grown, (2) organic, (3) conventional and locally grown, (4) conventional." Topic: Milk Answer: "You don't have to drink milk to be healthy, but if you like drinking it, you can do so and also stay healthy". Milk contains proteins and calcium, but it also contains lactose, fat and hormones\antibodies. Best choice to make is get fat-free, lactose-free organic milk. Topic: Cheese, Butter, Yogurt Answer: Try to avoid cheese and butter as they contain a lot of fat. Plain fat-free yogurt is great. Add your own fresh fruits and avoid the "yucky stuff" that comes in most supermarket yogurts. Topic: Margarine Vs. Butter Answer: Margarine is just soybean oil and other "chemicals". Overall, there isn't really more benefit than butter. Topic: Meat Answer: 1. Certified Organic because the rules make sense and production is monitored by regular inspections that holds growers accountable for their practices 2. "Natural" when it is near organic, meaning "no antibiotics, no hormones, no animal by-products, humanely treated, and grass fed" 3. All other kinds Topic: Fish Answer: Methylmercury in fish is scary (caused by pollution), but Omega-3 and proteins are great. Avoid eating much of the fish that are highest in methylmercury - especially shark, swordfish, and tuna. Never eat Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel and Tilefish. Eat Albacore Tuna once a week and other fish twice a week (including the albacore tuna). The major lesson to take from this book and almost any other decent book: Drink a lot of water, over-eat vegetables and fruits, and keep the variety flowing with other foods while focusing on more proteins\fibers and less fats\sugars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This fabulously detailed and researched book is a must for everyone who wants to detangle the truths behind what we put into our mouths. This book is very interesting and absorbing despite its depth and detail. Marion does have her biases and she is clear where she stands but she presents her information with a straight forward style that is bound to impress no matter which side of the 'aisle' you are on. A fabulous choice and creative gift for moms, students, newly weds anyone who is befuddled by the enormous flood of information and misinformation presented by the food industry that serves to 'guide' us in our food choices. After completing this book, I feel that I'm in charge of my food selections and so much better for it. This book belongs in every school library. Marion presents her information in a way that makes you feel that you are walking along with her as she moves deliberately through the typical grocery store, area-by-area, aisle by aisle. She takes on all types of food products and foodsources while she demystifies the messages created by the food suppliers, the grocery marketing lobbies, the government, advertising agencies, and presents every thing in a simple readable style. I want to thank Marion because she has made my food selections and shopping experiences more informed and to my immense benefit. Bravo!
Sunflower123 More than 1 year ago
I had just watched Food Inc the movie and wanted to learn more about organic foods. So I bought this book and I found it very easy to follow. The chapters were broken out by common isles in the grocery store and re-teaches you how to look at these items. I felt really overwhelmed about what could I buy and what could I eat when first trying to eat organic (or just to eat better for you foods) and this book really helped me to make better informed food choices. I had also bought two other books at the same time. All were good...but if you can only buy one book it should be this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is packed with great information... I am going to school to be a health teacher, and a professor suggested this book as reading for fun, and I read it, and loved it. Some of the information is a little boring, if you are not interested in in depth explanations then this is not the book for you.
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