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Some of the Best Reads 2009

Posted Nov 13 2009 10:01pm

Food And Nutrition Controversies Today: A Reference Guide

By Myrna Chandler Goldstein and Mark A. Goldstein, M.D.

Since my mother passed away this past December I have become really focused on environmental health. She was a breast cancer survivor but succumbed to complications with lymphoma—both cancers deeply linked with the environment.

My role as a dietitian is not to merely play with food models and educate patients on how to lower their cholesterol or keep their blood sugar in check; that is symptomatic medicine. I am here to teach preventative medicine.

What does this have to do with anything? Well after reading Food and Nutrition Controversies Today it is apparent that everything is really working against us, but most of it comes down too one thing: $. This book gives some clear insight into the ‘dark side’ of food production and manufacturing.

Discussed in the book are some interesting topics greatly affecting the
environment from farm-raising leading to a weakened wild salmon population, the bottled water debate, Polisac used in cow’s, GMO foods, and much more.

While some of the information can be scary at times I feel it is important to know these things. Now considering cancer or autism—are any of these controversies responsible or at least partly? Without direct clinical evidence (cancer doesn’t occur over night) we are left with only correlations, but no cause and effect. If you want to be informed about where nutrition is headed today, read Food and Nutrition Controversies Today. We may not be able to stop the damage already done, but we can prevent further damage, or can we?

Thanks Myrna

Food and Nutrition Controversies Today: A Reference Guide

Your Body the Missing Manual

By Matthew MacDonald

This is a fun, well-written book about the human body from start to finish. It is filled with humor, witty remarks, and amazing facts. If you are like me who seeks tidbits of knowledge at a time, factoids, and scientific-humor this book is for you. Keep Your Body the Missing Manual in mind as a stocking-stuffer this year. It can be purchased online or at most major book outlets for around $17.00.

Thanks O’Reilly

Your Body: The Missing Manual

Flat Belly Diet Cookbook and Pocket Guide

By Liz Vaccariello, Editor-In-Chief, with Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD

Although I just received these two books I can already tell they are winners. If you are not familiar with the Flat Belly Diet, you can read about it here. The cookbook comes full of wonderful recipes rich in monounsaturated fats with each meal consisting of about 400 calories.

The main premise behind the title is from research that revealed
monounsaturated-fats target belly fat. Though this research helped to name the book and diet-plan, I feel it works more so through satiety from fat, protein, and low-glycemic foods, calorie restriction to 1600 kcals, and ease of following.

This diet is a takeoff of the Mediterranean diet which has been classified as the “best diet for life”, so it is not really anything new. With that said, if it will get you to eat better then it did its job. Even if you don’t follow the Flat Belly plan to an exact tee, you will have 200 heart-healthy recipes to choose from.

Thanks Rodale Books

Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook

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