The Nutrition Bible
The Nutrition Bible: The Comprehensive, No-Nonsense Guide to Foods, Nutrients, Additives, Preservatives, Pollutants and Everything Else We Eat and Drink
By Jean Anderson, M.S. and Barbara Deskins, Ph.D., R.D.
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Jean Anderson and Barbara Deskins have put together a food reference that is much more than just another calorie counter. From vitamin A, corn dogs, and durum wheat to flounder, nondairy creamers, and zwieback, the Bible covers more than 1,500 major foods and beverages, providing lucid descriptions of what the substances are, how they're used, and what they've got to do with your health. In addition, nutrient charts supply clear data on calories, proteins, and fat, cholesterol, carbohydrates, and a host of vitamins and minerals.
But while this information is all presented lucidly and accessibly, it's also available in many other nutrition tomes. What makes this reference special is the fact that Anderson and Deskins include so many other health-related items. Acetone peroxide (a flour additive) and acne, Islamic dietary laws and hair analysis, morning sickness and parasitic worms, rashes and "smart drinks," sweating and urinary-tract infections--these health issues are all discussed, with up-to-date details on what the scientific community knows about causes and cures. There's an entry on stainless-steel cooking utensils, a recipe for butternut squash and snow-pea salad with sesame dressing and another for Portuguese pumpkin soup (with nutrition charts, of course), an essay on fasting, a paragraph on the inferiority of plastic cutting boards (as compared to wood), and a warning on the bacterial dangers of refreezing. Truly a bible for the '90s, the decade where health is the new religion and nutrition, diet, and fitness its holy trinity, The Nutrition Bible is a remarkably comprehensive, timely, and engaging resource. --Stephanie Gold
Synopsis (From the Amazon.com website)
Giving straight answers to today's complex nutritional questions, this guide defines and explains foods, nutrients, additives, pollutants, enzymes, hormones, and food-related diseases and deficiencies, and debunks food and nutrition myths and misconceptions. At-a-glance charts supply RDAs for essential vitamins and minerals and nutrient counts for 1,500 foods.