SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life

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Overview

The super-bestselling book that's
enhancing Americans' health

By eating the fourteen SuperFoods highlighted in
Dr. Steven Pratt's instant bestseller, you can
actually stop the incremental deteriorations that
lead to common ailments and diseases

  • Beans -- reduce obesity
  • Blueberries -- lower risk for cardiovascular disease
  • Broccoli -- lowers the incidence of cataracts and fights birth defects
  • Oats -- reduce the risk of type II diabetes
  • Oranges -- prevent strokes
  • Pumpkin -- lowers the risk of various cancers
  • Wild salmon -- lowers the risk of heart disease
  • Soy -- lowers cholesterol
  • Spinach -- decreases the chance of cardiovascular disease and age-related macular degeneration
  • Tea -- helps prevent osteoporosis
  • Tomatoes -- raise the skin's sun protection factor
  • Turkey -- helps build a strong immune system
  • Walnuts -- reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancer
* Yogurt-promotes strong bones and a healthy heart

SuperFoods Rx includes recipes created by Chef Michel Stroot of the Golden Door Spa and teaches you how to incorporate SuperFoods and their sidekicks into your diet. SuperFoods Rx is an indispensable guide to a healthy, long, and energetic life.

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Practicing M.D. Steven Pratt bases this book on a simple, sensible premise: Some foods are more linked to health and longevity than others. He notes that foods high in micronutrients (phytonutrients, carotenoids, and antioxidants) can help people prevent the onset of chronic diseases, including type II diabetes, hypertension, certain cancers, obesity, and Alzheimer's. The 14 SuperFoods that Pratt identifies are not exotic: They include such common supermarket fare as blueberries, turkey, beans, wild salmon, bell peppers, and nuts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060535681
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/8/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 410,873
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven G. Pratt, M.D., is a world-renowned authority on the role of nutrition and lifestyle in the prevention of disease and optimization of health. He is a senior staff ophthalmologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California.

Kathy Matthews is a bestselling author of fifteen books, including the New York Times bestseller SuperFoods Rx with Dr. Steven Pratt.

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SuperFoods Rx
Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life

Chapter One

How Your Diet Is Killing You

The foods you eat every day, from the fast food you mindlessly consume to the best meals you savor in a top restaurant, are doing much more than making you fat or thin. Their effects on your body are making the difference between the development of chronic disease and a vigorous extended life. They can prevent or greatly reduce your risk of vision problems, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and a host of killers. These are not just vague promises; they are facts that are now supported by an impressive and irrefutable body of research.

Most respectable scientists in the world today agree that at least 30 percent of all cancers are directly related to nutrition. Some would argue that the figure is as high as 70 percent.

For example, we know that the people who eat the most fruits and vegetables are half as likely to develop cancer as those who eat the least amount of these foods.

It's not just cancer that's nutrition related: about half of all cardiovascular disease and a significant percentage of hypertension cases can be traced to diet as well. In the Nurses' Health Study (an ongoing study of over 120,000 female nurses, begun in Framingham, Massachusetts,in 1976), the nonsmoking women with a median daily intake of 2.7 servings of whole grains were half as likely to suffer a stroke as other women in the study. Given this, it's particularly alarming to learn that fewer than 8 percent of Americans eat this much whole grains.

Indeed, most of us are eating ourselves todeath: only about 10 percent of Americans eat the foods that would enable them to be free of chronic disease and premature death.

Our Western diets are literally killing us. While man evolved on a plant-based diet more than fifty thousand years ago,our modern diet—the one our parents ate and the one we're eating—developed only during the past fifty to eighty years. It is not serving us well. We humans are genetically "wired" for starvation, not an overabundance of food. Our genes are set for hunter-gatherer mode, and a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and lean, wild game, not for the majority of foods and beverages found in today's supermarkets.

Here are eleven disastrous developments in nutrition that are ruining your health and the health of most everyone in modern industrialized societies:

  1. Increased portion sizes.
  2. Decreased energy expenditure; people just don't exercise enough.
  3. omega-6 fatty acids, and trans-fatty acids, along with a huge decrease in omega-3 fatty acids.
  4. An increase in consumption of processed cereal grains.
  5. An overall decrease in fruit and vegetable intake from historical standards.
  6. A decrease in lean meat and fish intake.
  7. A decrease in antioxidant intake and calcium intake (especially from whole foods).
  8. The unhealthy ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats,which is associated with a long list of chronic diseases.
  9. A marked increase in refined sugar as an overall percentage of caloric intake.
  10. A decrease in whole food consumption, which has led to a marked decrease in phytonutrient intake.
  11. A decrease in the variety of foods eaten.


Few people, including health professionals, are aware of the significant recent decline in our overall health status. More than 125 million Americans have at least one chronic condition like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or glaucoma. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that one-third of Americans who were born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Sixty million Americans have more than one condition. It's getting worse every day. In 1996, estimates were made projecting the rate of chronic disease in the future.

Four years later, in 2000, the number of people with chronic ailments was twenty million higher than had been anticipated. By the year 2020, a projected one-quarter of the American population will be living with multiple chronic conditions, and estimated costs for managing these conditions will reach $1.07 trillion.

The most shocking nugget of information in this dismal overview of American health is that the age of the "chronically ill" is declining. About half of chronically ill Americans are under age 45 and, stunningly, 15 percent of that number are children who are suffering from diabetes, asthma, developmental disabilities, cancer, and other disorders.

As a doctor, I see the imperfections of the system every day. The general unspoken assumption among many people is that you can eat whatever you feel like eating and count on a pill or a surgery to take care of the fallout down the line. For many of us, the only diet-related concern, if we have one, is weight control.

What's the answer? Clearly, we need to do better if we want to live longer and avoid chronic disease. In simplest terms, we need to work with a system—our bodies—that's geared to thrive in times of starvation and high-energy expenditure and adjust for greatly reduced activity levels in a world where food is overabundant. In other words, we need to get as much nutrition as possible from fewer calories. This is possible only if we select the most nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods and make these foods the backbone of our daily diet. SuperFoods Rx will show you how easy this is to do.

SuperFoods Rx
Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life
. Copyright © by Steven Pratt. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2006

    Superbook.

    No need for a long review here. This book is about 14 foods that stand out from all the others because of their enormous nutritional value and potential to improve the workings of your body. This is not just hype either. Readers can check out the well-laid out reference section in the back of the book and see for themselves that the information presented is scientifcally valid- which is quite nice for a change! Five stars from me- do yourself a favor and start eating some of these foods.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    Awesome foods rx...

    This is the best and I mean the best book I have ever read.. I have now lost 20 pounds and my cholesterol has dropped 20 points... i try to incorporate the 14 foods in my daily diet and it works..

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2005

    Holy Superfoods Batrman!

    I like self-help books and heard about this one. In a nutshell, it's about 14 foods that are very important because of their outstanding health benefits. For me, the best part is the studies in the back of the book that actually support the information. I give it 5 stars easy.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2005

    Excellent book! Must read!

    One of my friends told me to get this book. I did, and I feel so much better for reading it! This book gives you actual reasoning for eating healthy foods. It also suggests other foods that are similar to the SuperFoods. What a great book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2011

    WOW!

    What a wealth of information! This book has changed my life and my food choices. My only wish is that the average person could afford to eat so well (and organic!).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2005

    I feel great from following this program.

    I feel more in control and that I am eating foods that are healthy and delicious. There is a very clear effect from this program and the book is really easy to use. This is a must have book that will help you and your loved ones. Great!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2004

    changed my life

    Reading this book has caused me to overhaul my diet and what i eat. I thought I was doing pretty good but it turns out my food choices could be literally setting me up for a future of bad heatlh, chronic illness, and cancer. I have been following Dr. Pratt's book now for about two weeks and I feel like a million dollars, I sleep better, have more energy, and I want to thank Dr. Pratt for showing me an all inclusive, no catches, DELICIOUS way to take care of myself today and in the future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Fang

    *she glares at the ceiling.*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2009

    great book

    very informational

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    Very Informative

    My Dr. actually recommended this book to me after hearing both of my parents suffer from macular degeneration. She had heard spinach really helps prevent, and even reverse some of its effects. Of course, I am willing to try anything as easy as eating great food to prevent disease. I could use a few more recipes, so I hope that is in the works!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2004

    wow...

    This is the best book I have read. I am now feeding my family using the 14 superfoods. We all feel better. I hope he comes up with a cookbook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2004

    Thank you Dr.Pratt!

    At last a publication with detailed, not generalized benefits of foods we should be eating, along with many delightful recipies. At 67 and focused on Dr.Pratt's recommendations, I felt better physically(and mentally)in a few short weeks.Perhaps this book will encourage the 'Pratt Diet'??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2004

    Easy to Understand Guide to Super Nutrition

    I always knew what I should be eating, but this gives us solid reasons based on good science in an easy to read and understand format for eating these delicious and easy to prepare foods. It is changing my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2004

    EXCELLENT guide and information. GREAT!!

    I have heard a lot about superfoods for some time but have not seen many books devoted to the topic and that explain the super foods well. This book is wonderful and highlights 14 super foods and the related family member foods. It explains why they are super in a way that is understandable and valuable. One of the best and most useable books I have read on this subject. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

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