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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

by Editors of Reader's Digest


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This completely revised, updated and redesigned edition of Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal, y ou will find the best and worst choice to treat your ailments naturally. This book covers over 90 health conditions and 150 entries.

The first edition of Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal changed the way we view food and its impact on our bodies. More than 7 million copies of the book have been sold worldwide since then, and interest in food as medicine has only grown as researchers have continued to discover the crucial connections between diet and chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other serious illnesses, as well as the impact of food on stress, insomnia, and other common complaints.

In this completely revised, updated, and redesigned edition, you'll find:
  • More than 90 health condition entries from arthritis to insomnia to heart disease
  • Almost 150 food entries from apples to zucchini, including fast food, additives, and more
  • Simple ways to eat, cook, and store each food
  • Food-medicine interactions to be aware of
  • Sidebars on everything from the new USDA Food Plate to the many benefits of vitamin D, probiotics and super foods like goji berries and acai.

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Product Details

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

About the Author


RDA is a global media and direct marketing company that educates, entertains and connects more than 130 million consumers around the world with products and services from trusted brands. With offices in 43 countries, the company reaches customers in 78 countries, publishes 91 magazines, including 50 editions of Reader's Digest, the world's largest-circulation magazine, operates 78 branded websites and sells 40 million books, music and video products across the world each year. Further information about the company can be found at


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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