The Vegetarian Handbook: Eating Right for Total Health

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Many patients that I see in my medical nutrition practice request specific detailed information in order to move toward a vegetarian lifestyle. Here is a book that will guide them along such a path. It will also assist current vegetarians to reach a new level of understanding by offering specific instruction for improving food habits. The instruction includes the most up-to-date and scientific data regarding food protein. By using the egg as a model of the near perfect protein source and comparing vegetarian ...

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Overview

Many patients that I see in my medical nutrition practice request specific detailed information in order to move toward a vegetarian lifestyle. Here is a book that will guide them along such a path. It will also assist current vegetarians to reach a new level of understanding by offering specific instruction for improving food habits. The instruction includes the most up-to-date and scientific data regarding food protein. By using the egg as a model of the near perfect protein source and comparing vegetarian foods with the egg, we now have available tools for increasing the benefits of protein from non-meat sources.

"Patients with certain medical problems should consider removing red meat and other animal proteins from their diet and moving toward vegetarian food sources. Some of these medical problems include the following: hypoglycemia, obesity, digestive disorders including diverticultitis and other colon problems, gout, and elevated cholestrol. Many specfic studies have shown that the vegetarian diet may help with these problems. This book presents a clear and sophisticated road map for becoming a vegetarian or moving in this direction." --Dr Martin Feldman

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of The Complete Guide to Health and Nutrition here succeeds in presenting what he calls ``a comprehensive statement on the value of vegetarianism.'' Passionately argued, this well-documented, readable volume makes a thorough, albeit somewhat familiar, case for vegetarianism as a way of eating and a way of life. There are discussions against eating animal products, such as eggs, cheese and milk, on the wasteful economics of raising animals for food, on why people become vegetarians, and how poor nutrition causes illness and good nutrition protects against disease. Utilizing grains and legumes, Null suggests nutritious food combinations that are high in complete protein, in a diet devoid of animal products. The 95 unusual recipesincluding the Peter Pan rice casserole, which calls for peanut butter, brown rice, sunflower seeds and shallots, seasoned with a blend of thyme and tarragonare inexpensive, facile and low in fat and cholesterol. (January 18)
Library Journal
Null provides documented research on the history, philosophy, and politics of vegetarianism. For the uninitiated, his statements may sometimes appear accusatory, but he supports most claims with material from current sources. The appendix, containing a list of food combinations that provide high levels of usable protein, is likely to be this book's single most valuable contribution. Unfortunately, many of the recipes will be inaccessible to American cooks who are uncomfortable converting ounces to cups and tablespoons. But although Null's handbook may intimidate some, it will prove valuable to those seeking solid information on vegetarian philosophy, diet, and nutrition.Andi Lyons, SUNY at Albany
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312144418
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Null

Gary Null, who holds a Ph.D. in Human Nutrition and Public Health Science, has published over fifty on health and nutrition, and has his own nationally syndicatied radio show on WBAI. He is the founder and director of the Health and Nutrition Certificate Program at the Pratt Institute, and he lectures throughout the country on health and nutrition topics. He has received numerous awards for his work.

Dr. Martin Feldman, the medical authority for this book, graduated from Yale College and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He was resident in neurology at Mt. Sinai Hospital and an assistant clinical professor of neurology at Mt. Sinai Medical School. He has a medical nutrition practice in Manhattan.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
1 What Is Vegetarianism and Why Choose It as a Way of Life? 3
2 Famous Vegetarians 7
3 A Brief History of Vegetarianism 11
4 Protein: Unraveling the Myths 17
5 Protein Requirements 25
6 What Are Our Best Sources of Protein? 32
7 Excess Protein 42
8 Animal Protein and Added Chemicals 47
9 The Protein Combination Project 53
10 Economics: The Big-Bucks Bonus 61
11 Natural Resources: In Search of Ecological Harmony 73
12 Food Resources 81
13 Personal Taste 97
14 Religious Beliefs 106
15 Reverence for Life 114
16 The Macrobiotic Way to Health 124
17 Do We Need Meat to Be Healthy? 137
18 Can We Be Healthy Eating Meat? 153
19 Vegetarianism and Health: What the Studies Show 168
20 The Healthy Vegetarian Today 180
21 Natural Food Recipes 192
Appendix: The Protein Combination List 257
Notes 289
Index 305
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2003

    The best I've read

    This book has been very informative and easy to read. It is one I will keep around to refer to in the future and pass around to friends. I highly recommend it!! ~celebrating her one year vegiversary, Jennifer Finamore

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