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Book Review and Giveaway - Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal

Posted Mar 26 2013 6:00am
Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal is a Reader's Digest book - the tagline is "The best and worst choices to treat your ailments naturally" and that interested me because the older I get, the less dependent on medicine I'd like to be...and if I can treat, if not cure, something naturally, I'm all for that.

This book is huge - it weighs over 2 pounds (yes, I actually put it on my food scale to check).  It's a very easy-to-read reference book that lists both foods and ailments alphabetically - for example, I looked up arthritis because of the mess I'm dealing with in my feet.  I was surprised to see that eating pineapple was recommended - it contains bromelain, which is an enzyme that helps to reduce swelling.  Interesting...I go through bouts of eating a lot of fresh pineapple, and now I'm going to track my foot pain to see if it gets better when I'm on a pineapple jag.

I like the simplicity of this book, and how they list both health benefits and risks, if any, with food.  As I randomly flipped through the book, I discovered that celery has no risks, but it can help with weight loss, high blood pressure, certain inflammatory conditions, and may help reduce the risk of certain cancers.  All that from something as simple as celery!

Here's a few more examples from the book - and hey, did you know that you're supposed to be eating carrots with a little bit of fat for better absorption of beta-carotene?  I didn't, but now I feel better about the little bit of butter I toss my cooked carrots with!
I have one copy of this book available for giveaway - just leave me a comment saying you'd like to win, and I'll have random.org draw the winner and announce him/her this Friday.  Open to U.S. and Canada residents only; please make sure you leave an email address in the comments if your name isn't linked to a blog.  Good luck!

FTC:  I received a copy of this book for free; opinions expressed are all my own.  The publisher will be fulfilling the giveaway prize.
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