Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet

Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet

by Tonia Reinhard
     
 

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Praise for the first edition:
"A solid beginner's reference, especially for those seeking the authority of medical studies."
Library Journal

"Recommended."
American Reference Books Annual 2010

Over 80 superfood entries updated with the latest health research discoveries.

Since this comprehensive reference was

Overview

Praise for the first edition:
"A solid beginner's reference, especially for those seeking the authority of medical studies."
Library Journal

"Recommended."
American Reference Books Annual 2010

Over 80 superfood entries updated with the latest health research discoveries.

Since this comprehensive reference was first published, major studies have reinforced the importance and potential value of obtaining nutrients from foods rather than supplements. Many of the studies have discovered previously unknown health benefits of great significance, such as a reduced risk for dementia with the consumption of blueberries.

In all, over 80 entries in this new edition have had their "Healthy Evidence" section updated to reflect the outcome of major reputable medical studies, including:

  • Garlic supplements are beneficial for cirrhosis patients
  • Cherries will lessen the frequency of gout attacks
  • Soybean consumption is effective in lowering cholesterol
  • Kale inhibits the growth of human colon cancer cells

Studies have also confirmed that Chia seed is a superfood for its protective effects against heart disease.

Superfoods is organized in broad categories: Vegetables; Mushrooms; Legumes; Fruits; Nuts and Oils; Herbs and Spices; Grains; Meat, Seafood, and Dairy; Beverages and Treats; and Nutritional Supplements. Each entry notes the food's origin, its seasonal availability and nutritional values, tips on how to add it to an eating plan and how to optimize its nutrients and phytochemicals.

Nutrient breakdowns are derived from the USDA's Nutrient Database, and "The Healthy
Evidence" refers to published peer-reviewed studies available from the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health database. The book closes with Nutritional Tables, a quick-reference guide to the nutritional content of the "superfoods" listed in the book. Star ratings indicate the most notable nutrients in each superfood. With Superfoods, readers will get the most nutritional bang for their buck.

Editorial Reviews

Canadian Health and Lifestyle
This just-released edition by registered dietitian Tonia Reinhard is a must-have addition to your culinary library. Reinhard provides comprehensive and science-based health evidence for each of the 200 superfoods highlighted, as well as nutritional information and history. It's one-stop reading on nutrition.
Gothic Epicures - Dean Tudor
[Reinhard's] book is arranged by food type: vegetables, mushrooms, legumes, fruits, nuts and oils, herbs and spices, grains, meats, dairy food, and beverages. In this second edition, she gives data on new research about the food ("The Healthy Evidence"), and how effective that food is. For each superfood, she has details on nutritional content, seasonal variations, curative value, combinations that enhance their efficacy and those to avoid, how to maximize the beneficial effects of each, prep advice, and culinary tips... There are lots here such as an explanation of anti-oxidants, omegas, free radicals, enzymes, and minerals. Certainly, you'd want to begin eating these foods before many others... and quickly. There are also updated nutritional tables and a glossary.
Shelf Life
There are a lot of super things about this book, where approximately 200 such foods are listed, many that you likely enjoy already... Each super food listed in the book is backed up with "healthy evidence." You may be surprised by the foods noted here... Every page has the potential to change and save your life. Superfoods gives you proof that a vast variety of foods can truly enhance your life and help you live longer. And that is the most super reason of all to pick up this book.
Canadian House and Home - Amy Rosen
[Review of previous edition] Not a bad idea to leaf through and then throw a few of these "superfoods" into your grocery cart each week. In other words, hello gogi berry, wheat germ, and pumpkinseed pancakes!
FoodReference.com
[Review of previous edition] If consumers were asked whether they would change their diets if they knew specific foods would combat certain conditions, help retard their aging process, and provide the energy they needed to function at their best, it is safe to bet that the answer would be a resounding yes. Enter Registered Dietician Tonia Reinhard. In her latest book, Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet... she cites the ongoing research into the links between food and health, and the scientific evidence that proves the effectiveness of individual foods on certain conditions.... In addition, the author includes the "Healthy Evidence" that led to the inclusion of each, and provides detailed information including nutritional content, seasonal variations, curative value, combinations that enhance their efficacy and those to avoid, how to maximize the beneficial effects of each [and] preparation advice and culinary tips... This comprehensive guide will help you design your own portfolio of powerful foods.
American Reference Books Annual 2010 - Nadine Salmons
[Review of previous edition] Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet is a comprehensive compendium of the world's healthiest foods and how to get the most out of them. Registered dietician Tonia Reinhard gives expert advice in this easy-to-use guide on the very best 200 high-powered, super-healthy foods. She debunks many erroneous advertisements and rumors. An introduction includes a definition of "superfoods," the beneficial compounds in each, the role of antioxidants, going organic, and how to use this book, along with a colorful picture of the food. She provides essential tips on how to maximize each food's beneficial effects as well as some culinary tips. Superfoods is organized by food type.... Each entry contains a brief history of the food; a reference to a medical study; vitamin, mineral, and phytochemical content; and tips on usage.... Recommended for the public library, the general interested reader, and health providers.
Due West_Due East
[Review of previous edition] Whether you want to take small steps to change or completely overhaul your diet, this comprehensive guide is sure to help you.
Taste for Life
[Review of previous edition] Turn to this book to learn how to get the most out of the world's nutrient-dense super-healthy foods. Organized by food type, Superfoods covers nutritional content and potential health benefits while providing recipe ideas and guidance on food combinations.
Library Jouranl - Rukshana Singh
Reinhard, a registered dietitian, compiled this guide to 200 of the most nutrient-dense foods. The book is divided by food type with sections on vegetables and fruit, legumes, nuts and oils, herbs and spices, grains, beverages and treats, nutritional supplements, and, yes, meat! Each entry contains a brief history of the food; a reference to a medical study; vitamin, mineral, and phytochemical content; and tips on usage. Many of the foods are familiar, such as olive oil, lentils, and almonds. Lesser-known ingredients such as goji berries and spirulina are also highlighted... A solid beginner's reference, especially for those seeking the authority of medical studies.
Library Journal
Reinhard, a registered dietitian, compiled this guide to 200 of the most nutrient-dense foods. The book is divided by food type with sections on vegetables and fruit, legumes, nuts and oils, herbs and spices, grains, beverages and treats, nutritional supplements, and, yes, meat! Each entry contains a brief history of the food; a reference to a medical study; vitamin, mineral, and phytochemical content; and tips on usage. Many of the foods are familiar, such as olive oil, lentils, and almonds. Lesser-known ingredients such as goji berries and spirulina are also highlighted. Although a brief glossary and nutritional tables are included, recipes would have been a useful addition. VERDICT A solid beginner's reference, especially for those seeking the authority of medical studies. Steven Pratt and Kathy Matthews's SuperFoods Rx offers in-depth coverage of fewer foods (plus recipes and meal plans) and may be a more realistic option for readers serious about incorporating superfoods into their daily diets.—Rukshana Singh, Torrance P.L., CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770852563
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
01/28/2014
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
604,232
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Tonia Reinhard, MS, RD, is Program Director for the Coordinated Program in Dietetics and Course Director for Clinical Nutrition in the School of Medicine at Wayne State University, Michigan. Tonia has written several books, including The Clinical Dietitian's Essential Pocket Guide and The Vitamin Sourcebook. She is currently President of the Michigan Dietetic Association, and her experience as a practitioner includes clinical nutrition, clinical management, and community nutrition.

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