Nutrition Almanac (4th ed)

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9780070349223: Nutrition Almanac (4th ed)

The three previous editions of this broadly popular reference have brought simple, sensible, and accurate nutrition information to an eager audience of health-conscious readers. This edition continues the high standards set by its forebears, offering sound, down-to-earth advice on health and nutrition in an easygoing style. As before, this book aims to empower readers to take charge of their own health. Illnesses can be prevented, say the authors, through knowledge and use of proper nutrition. They call on an increasing body of scientific evidence to back their arguments that vitamin and mineral supplements can also be effective tools in disease prevention and cure. Remedies such as herbal medicine and alternative treatments including homeopathy are also explored. Tables and charts give accurate nutrition data on most common foods.

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The first three editions of Nutrition Almanac sold more than 2.5 million copies. The 494-page fourth edition is expanded and updated, with new information to answer your questions and help you plan your personal nutritional program. "Nutrition is the relationship of foods to the health of the human body," explain the Kirschmanns (daughter and father), and they cover every aspect of how food relates to health. A detailed section on nutrients, for example, describes each vitamin and mineral, how it is absorbed and stored, dosage and toxicity, deficiency effects and symptoms, beneficial effect on ailments, and research findings. Another section offers 175 pages of common ailments and stressful conditions that may be related to nutrition, and which nutrients, exercise, herbs, and homeopathic remedies may be beneficial for each. A shorter chapter on herbs summarizes the medicinal uses of 70 herbs. The book also includes 73 pages of extensive nutritional information about common foods, showing how they help meet the RDA for each nutrient for both babies and adults. It is surprising in a book as up-to-date as this one that the authors choose to include height/desirable-weight charts, which are thought by experts to be outdated and irrelevant to health. Otherwise, this is a reference book you'll use often if you care about tracking and improving your nutrition. --Joan Price

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The Nutrition Almanac is a favorite reference in more than 2.5 million American homes for good reason. It is a complete nutritional guide that empowers you to take charge of your own health. It offfers quick answers to questions about nutrients plus gives you everything you need to plan a total nutritional program, all in a friendly, down-to-earth style. This edition is painstakingly expanded and updated to put thousands more of the latest scientific findings about nutrition and health at your fingertips. The Nutrition Almanac: offers simple, sensible, accurate, and complete nutritional information; provides a full nutritional analysis of more than 1,600 foods; explains the scientific basis for preventing, and sometimes curing, illnesses through proper nutrition; tells how to use vitamin and mineral supplements for better health; provides source and dose information on vitamins and minerals; covers the role of antioxidants, phytochemicals, polyphenols, and phytoestogrens in optimum health; offers helpful information on healthful cooking; explores alternative treatments such as homeopathy and aromatherapy; explains the relationships among exercise, diet, and health; charts important information for easy reading.

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