The Best Things You Can Eat: For Everything from Aches to Zzzz, the Definitive Guide to the Nutrition-Packed Foods that Energize, Heal, and Help You Look Great
Positives: A very good book for advice and counsel relating to nutrition. This book won’t hold your hand in planning each meal of your day: instead, it concentrates on a scientific explanation of the nutrition of various food for laymen and for anyone.
There are a few sections: the first focuses on the various fats, vitamins and minerals, and substances the human body needs, the next on more specific goals, like combating bad breath or preventing cancer, and the last on individual foods in the context of their categories (for example, fruits or grains).
The book is straightforward and scientific, but not academic or overly complex. Information is provided about what certain substances are, what role they play in our bodies, how they affect us and our body processes, and through which foods they can be attained. In addition, the sections are organized to ease the reading process: the book does not require hours of poring and studying. Furthermore, a set of appendixes simplify everything yet further.
By focusing on individual foods and substances the book is a wonderful help for those who put more thought into what they eat. Like many people in today’s America I am on a constant quest to learn how to remove processed foods and food-like products from my diet, and to instead consume only fresh, organic, and natural foods. This book is a great place to start, and is a fantastic aid in developing a balanced and healthy diet. Using this book there is no need for GMOs, Safeway, Monsanto, or grocery stores: farmer’s markets become an entirely feasible source of all food needs and desires.
Negatives: This book was written for meat-eaters: meat and animal products are recommended and discussed frequently. Nevertheless, as a vegetarian I still found the book wonderful and would recommend it to other herbivores, as veggie options compose the majority of the discussed foods, and veggie alternatives are always mentioned alongside the carnivorous ones.
In sum, this book without a doubt earns a recommendation. For those looking for straightforward and no-frills science about nutrition and food accessible to anyone, this a great comprehensive start.