Reader’s Digest Foods That Harm Foods That Heal is the fully revised and updated mega-selling health book. This book is an A to Z guide to foods and how they potentially harm and heal, providing the best and worst food choices to treat aliments naturally. I received a copy for this review and one Moms Own Words reader will win a copy of of Foods That Harm Foods That Heal.
Foods That Harm Foods That Heal Reader’s Digest Book Review
The book is divided into three parts: Nutrition, Foods and Aliments. The Nutrition section breaks down the different types of calories: proteins, fats and carbs. This section presents the “real deal” on carbs and explains simple verses complex carbs, and fats, explaining the different types, and proteins, discussing animal verses plant. This section includes several valuable guides: vitamin and mineral daily recommendations, an antioxidant guide and an organic buying guide. Regarding food safety, there are two helpful guides for food additives and food storage.
The Food section is a general A-Z index that discusses the health benefits and health risks of foods. I thought I would look up and share what the this book indicates are the healing and harmful qualities of some of the foods that I just happened to eat today.
Eggs – The health benefits are that eggs strengthen hair and nails, prevent macular degeneration (loss of vision) boost brain health and reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer. The health risks for eggs are that they may trigger allergies and there is a risk of salmonella.
Strawberries – The health benefits are that strawberries (and berries in general) help to fight cancer, lower diabetes risk, boost brain function, helps cholesterol and blood pressure reduces risk of macular degeneration, and prevent birth defects. The health risks for strawberries include: allergies, can aggravate kidney and bladder stones, may have pesticide residue, may cause bowel irritation and dark stools.
Yogurt – The health benefits are that yogurt helps to aid digestion, boosts bone health, helps lower blood pressure and provides a low calorie high nutrient snack option. The health risks are very small and only mention phenylketonuria – The aspartame is unsafe for people with it. (I am surprised that allergies were not listed as a health risk of yogurt considering it is a dairy item.)
The Aliments section of the book is very helpful. Aliments are indexed from A-Z and include foods that can heal, harm and recommendations beyond the diet to help combat the ailment. The reader will find aliments like asthma, depression, eczema, menstral problems, and inflammation. In fact, the book contains a nice inflammation guide which lists which foods to eat to help quell the dangers of inflammation.
Overall the book is well organized and user-friendly for quick reference. With over 170 foods and 100 different types of ailments the editors of Reader’s Digest do a great job of setting the record straight on what to eat to prevent or treat a wide variety of ailments.
About Foods That Harm Foods That Heal
Boost mood, rev energy, and live longer with every bite
Confused about whether you should go low-carb or low-fat? Wondering whether wine or beer is healthier? Concerned that your diet is making a health condition worse? Foods That Harm Foods That Heal will set the record straight.
The first edition of this pioneering guide changed the way we view food and its impact on our bodies. Since then, researchers have continued to uncover the effects — both good or bad — of food on cancer, stress, inflammatory bowel syndrome, and other common conditions.
In this completely revised, updated, and redesigned edition you’ll find:
- More than 170 foods, from apples to zucchini plus simple ways to eat, cook, and store each food to maximize its healing potential.
- More than 100 health conditions — from arthritis to varicose veins — with quick tips on what to eat to prevent or treat each ailment.
- An all-new overview of nutrition and food safety, including the role of phytochemicals in health; the potential dangers of pesticides, food additives, and genetically modified crops; and the best healthy cooking methods.
- Special features on the benefits of vitamin D, the real deal on high-fructose corn syrup, the dangers of mixing food and medicine, and much more.
Let food be your medicine, and let Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal be your prescription.
By Editors of Reader’s Digest
Published by Reader’s Digest
Paperback: 400 pages
December 27, 2012; $19.99 US/$22.95 CAN; 9781621450016
About Reader’s Digest
RDA is a global media and direct marketing company that educates, entertains and connects more than 130 million consumers around the world with products and services from trusted brands. With offices in 43 countries, the company reaches customers in 78 countries, publishes 91 magazines, including 50 editions of Reader’s Digest, the world’s largest-circulation magazine, operates 78 branded websites and sells 40 million books, music and video products across the world each year. Further information about the company can be found at www.rda.com.
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