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Foods That Fight Disease: A nutrition guide to staying healthy for life (July 8, 2008)

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by Dean Tudor

Foods That Fight Disease: A nutrition guide to staying healthy for life (Penguin Canada, 2008, 442 pages, ISBN 978-0-14-305657-7, $24 CAD soft covers) is by Registered Dietician Leslie Beck, who has authored seven other nutrition books. She appears regularly on TV and radio and in newspapers (www.lesliebeck.com). Recipe development and nutritional analysis is by Michelle Gelok.

This is a guide to what to eat to help prevent the big seven from happening: cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Research clearly links certain diets and foods to disease prevention. Thus, you should eat all the right foods and avoid all the worst foods. This should be as easy as pie to do – but only if you want to live.

Her book is a list of valuable foods, oils and beverages, along with how to buy and store and prepare. There are nutritional advisories on carbos, protein, fat, minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals. The 100 recipes are followed by appendices with a power foods checklist, herbs and spices, plus a guide to reading nutrition labels. Her power foods do not mention meat, and fish/seafood is twice a week only. There are end notes but no bibliography.

Audience and level of use: This is a good reference book.
Some interesting or unusual recipes: Blueberry and roasted walnut spinach salad, whole grain millet waffles with orange and raspberries, blueberry banana smoothie, garlic roasted Brussels sprouts, kasha cabbage rolls, and cashew mango trail mix.
The downside to this book: My copy of this paperback book is already yellowing.
The upside to this book: There is a general index and a separate recipe index.
Quality/Price Rating: 90.

 

 

 

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