New Theories on Diet and Nutrition

New Theories on Diet and Nutrition

by Sally Lee

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Gr 9 Up --This smoothly written volume will fill a need for information on diet and health. Lee addresses a wide range of ideas--not necessarily new theories-- relating to topics such as diet and weight control, use of sweeteners and caffeine, health foods, diet, and exercise. She gathers material from a variety of sources, many of which are U. S. government publications. Since citations are not noted individually, readers will be unable to discern the exact source upon which various assertations are based. Perhaps the most intriguing chapter is ``Practical Theories or False Claims?,'' which examines claims such as ``Taking vitamins will give you energy'' and ``Vitamin D will lower blood cholesterol.'' Current publications address most of the issues, but Lee has pulled material together in a new arrangement that readers interested in diet and all its ramifications should find helpful. The message throughout is that common sense and a balanced, varied diet will suffice for most people. Black-and-white photos and line drawings scattered throughout sometimes expand the text, but many are of such commonplace items (rows of diet pills, an arrangement of cereal boxes) that they serve only to break up the monotony of the printed page. More complete coverage of some of the same subjects is available in Jane Brody's Nutrition Book (Norton, 1981) , but it is three times the length of Lee's volume. --Lois McCulley, Wichita Falls High School, TX

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