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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal Book Review

Nutrition can be so confusing these days. One day they say eat margarine, the next day they say you should eat butter. One day they say drink wine, the next day they say don't.

If you are concerned about making your diet healthier and want to dig into the mystery of the power of food, I have a great book for you! Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal by Reader's Digest sets the record straight on what to eat to prevent or treat a wide variety of ailments, and it is full of helpful nutrition information.
This is a great 400 page guide that links food and good health and can be an excellent resource for overall diet and well being.

The first thing they talk about in the book is key nutritional information on fats, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and more. I agreed with most of the information they presented, but I did have to disagree with their stance on some of today's nutritional hot button issues, such as GMO's and BPA. They take a middle of the road stance, whereas I am a huge advocate of eliminating those two things from our diets. I was glad that they talked about the importance of organics, but I wish they would have taken more of a stand against the prevalence of so many additives and processed foods in our diets.

I am always delighted to learn more new information, and so I was excited to learn many new things from this book. The next section of the book is filled more than 170 foods and how they heal/harm us, a typical serving size, health benefits, health risks, eating tips, buying tips, and storing tips. I loved this part, especially their eating tips! Here are a few snippets from the book that were new to me:

- Store asparagus with the bottoms wrapped in damp paper towel in the crisper section of your fridge. Or you can put them in plastic bags and place them in the coldest part of your fridge. 

- Strawberries are said to whiten teeth and are used to get rid of garlic breath.

The last section of the book is dedicated to explaining over 100 health conditions and giving you tips on what to do to prevent or treat each ailment. I loved this section, because I am a huge advocate for prevention over medication! If we take care of our bodies from the start, we will be less likely to need to spend thousands and thousands of dollars to medicate and treat conditions that will pop up from a body aching for proper nutrition.

Overall, this book is a fantastic resource book for learning more about healthy foods, how they affect your body, and how you can use proper nutrition to prevent health conditions. Thank you, Reader's Digest, for putting out such an informational, beautifully illustrated book. I will be using it for years to come!

*Cara was provided product to review. No other compensation was given. All opinions expressed are 100% her own.*

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a handy, nicely comprehensive book to have. I have discovered different foods need different storage methods and this will help clear a few things up. I will be checking into it.

    Thanks for the review and bringing it to our attention.


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