The Best Things You Can Eat

It’s rare to find a book about nutrition that’s written in a style that’s both engaging enough for the general public and authoritative enough for nutrition professionals. In The Best Things You Can Eat, Grotto has created a science-based volume that’s not only accessible for all audiences but often highly entertaining.

Grotto’s easy-going writing style makes it a pleasure to glean information that could be a chore to digest, from descriptions of top-rated sources of various nutrients to foods that fight cavities and gum disease. Numerous brief charts provide quick references to rankings of nutritional values and comparisons of various foods plus dietary reference intakes for vitamins and minerals.

The book’s first two sections, «Vital Nutrients» and «Best Foods for Whatever Ails You,» discuss the properties of specific vitamins, minerals, and foods and their abilities to address issues as wide-ranging as hypoglycemia to bad breath. The book’s final section, «Best in Show,» highlights «Food Category Superstars,» with details on optimal choices in dairy products, grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables, proteins, and snack foods, as well as «Top Performers» for working out, boosting memory, and promoting sleep. A reference section called «The Best Things You Can Eat, by Food/Beverage» features a complete nutritional breakdown of various foods and beverages from acorn squash and carrot juice to wine and yogurt, with best sources of particular nutrients indicated in boldface type.

Part of what makes this book a page-turner is the small-but-fascinating boxed factoids scattered across the pages. Who wouldn’t enjoy knowing that the phrase «open sesame!» is attributed to the sesame seed magically bursting open when it reaches maturity? The real hook, though, is the «Shocker Foods!» boxes that have surprising nutrition facts about foods that can help remedy certain health conditions. For example, serving braunschweiger to kids for breakfast can help remedy iron deficiency, which has been associated with poor cognitive development.

The Best Things You Can Eat will serve its readers a wealth of information, from finding the easiest food sources of specific vitamins to alleviating symptoms of various ailments. Buy a copy for yourself and recommend your clients add it to their literary diets as well.

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