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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: FSG Adult; 1 edition (April 17 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865477388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865477384
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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A visit to a large supermarket can be a daunting experience: so many aisles, so many brands and varieties, so many prices to keep track of and labels to read, so many choices to make. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Hutchinson on April 28 2011
Format: Paperback
Marion Nestle packs a lot of information into this one book. She takes you on a tour of a typical grocery store and explains to you the difference between products, and whether or not they are worth the price. This is only one book on the topic of what someone should eat, and like all topics, I think that it is important to read as many books as possible and then form your own conclusions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By niniR on Jan. 4 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really liked the book, even so that I passed it around to my friends and family. Its full of great information.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joanna on Aug. 17 2009
Format: Paperback
Marion Nestle teaches nutrition at New York University, so her approach is objective, systematic, and unbiased. She does not favor any one way of eating, but rather untangles various food debates/misconceptions with facts.

She explains, for example, that 'organic' means absolutely nothing in the seafood industry, whereas in the meat industry it means: no animal by-products fed to animals, no antibiotics/hormones, and more humane-appearing conditions for raising animals. Then she explains that most supermarkets tend to carry "natural" (a VERY different thing) rather than 'organic' meats due to USDA's partnerships (specifically in the meat industry, but not in the fruit and vegetables industry!) with industries it regulates.

In other words, "What to Eat" dispels a lot of misconceptions, and untangles a lot of conflicting information about the North American food industry. Marion Nestle doesn't seem affiliated with any particular lobby group, as she really does appear to be impartial, as well as clearly qualified for the job.
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I really appreciated Marion Nestle's approach in this book. The facts and studies she presented were always done so with a good dose of common sense, and her writing style makes for a very interesting read. The one thing that might bother some Canadian readers is that this is American book, so the politics, stores and studies are American, but I felt I was able to appreciate the information anyway. I highly recommend this book to anyone concerned with what they're eating - and why.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 22 2012
Format: Paperback
If a low-fat, high carb and low-calorie diet makes you feel good and helps you maintain a healthy weight and you just want to refine your regime a tiny bit, then this might be the book for you. It tells you about some of the benefits of eating organic and choosing healthier meats although it does also give terrible advice about taking vitamins and supplements.

If aiming for a low-fat, high carb and low-calorie diet makes you feel awful, hungry and ill - as it does for many of us - and has impeded your attempts to maintain a healthy weight, this book has little to offer and there are so many better books out there for you.

This book says low fat or no-fat dairy foods are the best type to get, that adequate protein can easily be gotten from beans, fluoride is safe and good for your teeth and should not be removed from drinking water, soy formulas for infants are completely safe, vegetarian diets are the healthiest, junk food is fine so long as your portions are small and not too high calorie, to lose weight you just need to eat less and move more - all of which I would strongly disagree with based on information and research in lots of far better researched books.

The section on supplements is unspeakably bad and it is very clear the author has done very little research in this area. There is a grain of truth in what she says. I would very much agree that a Centrum multivitamin (or other low quality mutivitamin) is going to do very little good to anyone, but so would every nutritional medicine expert there is! The information given here is beyond skewed and extremely selective, not to mention based on flawed studies which do not at all reflect what nutritional experts are actually recommending.
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