Family Nutrition Book, The Paperback – Aug 3 1999
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Organic or regular baby food? White or wheat bread? Yogurt or ice cream? Parents often wonder how best to feed their families, but the wondering is over with The Family Nutrition Book: Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Your Children--From Birth Through Adolescence. The beloved William Sears and his wife, Martha (a nurse), teach you how to become your own family nutritionist. Parents of eight children and well-known authors of more than a dozen childcare books, the Searses offer the solid advice on breastfeeding, beginning solids, and feeding picky eaters you'd expect. But more than that, they provide a crash course in overall nutrition. You'll learn how the body works, how to read food labels, what ingredients to look for (and which to avoid), how to trim fat from your diet, what makes up a balanced diet (not just the "food pyramid"), which foods are thought to prevent cancer, and more. The Searses also offer helpful food lists: good fats, best proteins, top 10 complex carbohydrates, and top 12 family foods, to name a few. You'll even get favorite Sears family recipes to help you get started on the road to healthy eating. It's all here, and it's all mixed with a healthy dose of passion for eating well. So you can show your children--by example--how to stay healthy and feel great. --Kelley Smith
From Publishers Weekly
In this vivid and ambitious guide to feeding a family, the Searses, William a doctor and Martha a nurse, shed light on the attributes of food: here brown sugar is "ordinary table sugar made brown by adding molasses," and the blues, reds and purples of fruits and vegetables veil vitamin deposits. Onions and garlic tame the damaging effects of fried oil; meat and vegetables eaten in combination amount to more than the sum of their parts; and cinnamon can masquerade as sugar. A wealth of nutrition information is smoothly presented, complete with accessible scientific explanations, behavior modification tips and framed asidesAall organized into minichapters with such titles as "Powerful Proteins" and "The Joy of Soy." The book progresses from an overview of nutrients (water and fiber among them) to an extensive evaluation of food groups, including discussions of vegetarianism, organic foods and decoding packaging labels. Additional sections address weight control and the specific roles various foods play in disease prevention, stamina building, etc. Reference tables and an updated food pyramid will prove indispensable to the reader. Agent, Denise Marcil. TV satellite tour. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I love the great examples and user friendly reading layout. I am delighted to learn so much about nutrition, how different foods affect the body and how to eat right to have optimal performance and fight cancer.
I did not find the book at all guilt inducing. We all do what we can and any little bit you do to give your kids a better chance is great.
Overall this is a great read, packed full of valuable information. Enjoy and good health!
But I felt a little criminal for not feeding her better. Most have commented that my daughter eats very well. I guess my point is there doesn't seem to be credit for doing what you can do, unless you do it all. Its almost impossible to eat perfectly organic, non-processed food ALL the time. And I had hope the book would give more IDEAS for preparing healthy food for your family.
I found that a much more useful book is Feeding Your Child for Lifelong Health by Drs. Susan Roberts and M.B. Heyman. This book was written by doctors who specialize in child nutrition and who have scrutinized the literature on nutrients, metabolism, food allergies, etc. Yet the book is realistic and helpful, not guilt inducing like Dr. Sears.
My favorite section was the top twelve food list, honorable mention food list, and top-ten foods for each vitmin, mineral, and food classification. By implementing these foods into my family's lifestyle, I have increased the diversity of our meals, while feeling confident that my family of six is getting all the nutritional requirements that they need. I used the food circle as a guide to create a weekly nutrition plan for my family, and using that, I prepare weekly meal plans using the tops foods for each category. This also helps when it is time to do the shopping, as I only need to get the items on the mealplan, minus what I already have in the pantry. It sure helps for me in the kitchen! As a Mom who doesn't relish her time spent in the kitchen, this book helps me to maximize the nutritional efficiency of the time that I do spend in there!
This book helped me to take the final step into vegetarianism, and introduced me to the world of whole foods. Thanks, Dr. and Martha Sears!
Most recent customer reviews
This book is great, even if you didn't have kids and just wanted to learn about how to eat right! The stuff nobody ever tells you and food manufacturers don't want you to know! Read morePublished on April 9 2003
An excellent book with one exception -- it heartily recommends regular fish consumption, but fails to mention the problem of methyl mercury and/or PCB contamination in several... Read morePublished on July 8 2002
I give it an A+. Lots of infomation on all aspects of Family Nutition such as Breastfeeding, Soy Foods, What foods is very good for us or bad for our bodies, different types of... Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2001
I have really enjoyed this book. It is extremely informative and thorough, while managing to make nutrition very interesting. It is easy to read and understand. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2000 by Kelly
I have really enjoyed all of Dr. Sears books so, naturally I thought I would enjoy this one. Unfortunately I wasn't able to and here is why: I was looking for a book that would... Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2000 by Lora L. Human
This book was interesting to read (and I am NOT a nutrition nut). I especially like the way it is divided into managable chapters that tackle a particular concept (fish, oils,... Read morePublished on June 3 2000 by bethlovesbooks
I failed my gestational diabetes test when I was pregnant; but not enough to warrant any concern other than making me attend a class. Read morePublished on May 21 2000 by Jessica Freehling-kazzie
In the latest book in the Sears series, Bill and Martha Sears present information they have collected from over 500 scientific studies on nutrition. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2000