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A nutrition expert from the esteemed Harvard Medical School presents a detailed regimen for healthy eating that readers can adopt for a lifetime, not just until the next big thing comes along. Dispelling many of the popular theories about nutrition that lead to foolish extremes, the book promotes a more balanced approach to eating, addresses the shortcomings of the misleading and yet ubiquitous USDA food pyramid, and questions the authenticity of "nutritional white noise" that inundates our consumer culture.
With dietary and health information more readily accessible than ever before -- via the Internet, television talk shows, and a host of other sources -- it has also become easier than ever for self-proclaimed experts to perpetuate false facts about nutrition. Among the diet myths Dr. Willett takes to task is the notion that an overabundance (or a complete absence) of certain kinds of food -- such as carbohydrates or fats -- can be good for one's diet or health. In fact, the book encourages readers not only to adopt more balanced eating habits that include all of the essentials, but also to be more discriminating about their sources of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and the like. Not all carbohydrates are the same. Not all fats are the same. This indispensable guide will help readers make the distinction.
Other assets include a new and improved food pyramid, a no-nonsense guide to which vitamins are worth taking and which are a waste of time, and a slew of delectable recipes. Straightforward and comprehensive, this definitive work on nutrition is sure to become a classic. (Karen Burns)