Foods that Harm and Foods that Heal: The Best and Worst Choices to Treat your Ailments Naturally

Foods that Harm and Foods that Heal: The Best and Worst Choices to Treat your Ailments Naturally

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ISBN-13: 9781621450016
Publisher: Reader's Digest
Publication date: 12/27/2012
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 573,755
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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Joe Schwarcz, PhD, the Director of McGill University's Office for Science and Society, is dedicated to demystifying science for the public, the media, and students. Dr. Schwarcz is well-known for his informative and entertaining lectures on nutrition and alternative medicine. He has written several best-selling books, received numerous awards, appears regularly on the Discovery Channel, and was the host of "Science To Go" a show that focused on common foods, as well as special appearances on various other TV and radio shows. He lives in Montreal.

Fran Berkoff, RD, is a registered dietitian at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, and the nutrition columnist for the Toronto Sun and Canadian Living magazine. Berkoff lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

About the new edition vii

Part 1 Nutrition

The Real Deal on All the Ways Foods Harm and Heal

The Real Deal on Nutrition 2

How Carbohydrates Harm and Heal 3

The Real Deal: High-Fructose Corn Syrup 3

How Fats Harm and Heal 5

How Proteins Harm and Heal 6

The Real Deal: Weight Loss Trends 8

How Vitamins and Minerals Harm and Heal 8

How Antioxidants and Other Phytochemicals Heal 9

The Real Deal: Vitamin D 14

The Real Deal on Food Safety 18

Do Pesticides and Other Chemicals Harm? 19

The Real Deal: Mercury 19

Do Additives Harm or Heal? 22

The Real Deal: Functional Foods 22

Do Genetically Modified Foods Harm or Heal? 25

The Real Deal: BPA 25

The Real Deal: Factory Farming 26

How Foodborne Pathogens Harm 26

The Real Deal on Eating to Heal 28

How Much to Eat for Health 29

How to Eat for Health 30

How to Store Foods for Health 31

How to Prepare Foods for Health 31

How to Cook for Health 33

The Real Deal: Grilling and Cancer 33

Special Features

Prebiotics & Probiotics: Beneficial Bacteria 16

Dietary Supplements: Do You Need Them? 17

Organic Foods: Are They Worth the Cost? 20

Fast Food: Is It Possible to Eat Healthy on the Run? 27

Dietary Restrictions: Should You Go Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-Free, or Gluten-Free? 34

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Foods that Harm and Foods that Heal: The Best and Worst Choices to Treat your Ailments Naturally 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great guide to foods and how they can help and/or harm you. Not only provides info on health risks and benefits of various food but info on eating, buying and storing as well. 
SharonChance More than 1 year ago
I was so impressed with how this book is laid out! It's easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to use as a reference at the drop of a spoon! The first section deals with how foods affect our bodies, gives new information on food safety standards, and how food can help us to heal our bodies. The second section breaks down food and their benefits and their dangers alphabetically, with info on how each food affects our health, what harms it might hold, eating tips, buying tips and storing tips. Section three is devoted to a variety of condition and ailments and how foods can help to heal these illnesses. From acne to strokes to macular degeneration, there is information on what foods help, what foods to avoid and ideas to discuss with the doctor. This really is an all-in-one book that should be apart of everyone's cooking and medical library! I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended by The Doctors on their TV program. I found it to be very informative and helpful. It has a section on diseases and what foods are helpful or harmful. All vegetables are listed in alphabetical order with all information about them. It has become a great reference and resource book. I am really glad I ordered it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago