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What To Eat [Paperback]

Marion Nestle
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April 17 2007
Since its publication in hardcover last year, Marion Nestle's What to Eat has become the definitive guide to making healthy and informed choices about food. Praised as "radiant with maxims to live by" in The New York Times Book Review and "accessible, reliable and comprehensive" in The Washington Post, What to Eat is an indispensable resource, packed with important information and useful advice from the acclaimed nutritionist who "has become to the food industry what . . . Ralph Nader [was] to the automobile industry" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch).

How we choose which foods to eat is growing more complicated by the day, and the straightforward, practical approach of What to Eat has been praised as welcome relief. As Nestle takes us through each supermarket section--produce, dairy, meat, fish--she explains the issues, cutting through foodie jargon and complicated nutrition labels, and debunking the misleading health claims made by big food companies. With Nestle as our guide, we are shown how to make wise food choices--and are inspired to eat sensibly and nutritiously.

Now in paperback, What to Eat is already a classic--"the perfect guidebook to help navigate through the confusion of which foods are good for us" (USA Today).

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According to nutritionist Nestle (Food Politics), the increasing confusion among the general public about what to eat comes from two sources: experts who fail to create a holistic view by isolating food components and health issues, and a food industry that markets items on the basis of profits alone. She suggests that, often, research findings are deliberately obscure to placate special interests. Nestle says that simple, common-sense guidelines available decades ago still hold true: consume fewer calories, exercise more, eat more fruits and vegetables and, for today's consumers, less junk food. The key to eating well, Nestle advises, is to learn to navigate through the aisles (and thousands of items) in large supermarkets. To that end, she gives readers a virtual tour, highlighting the main concerns of each food group, including baby, health and prepared foods, and supplements. Nestle's prose is informative and entertaining; she takes on the role of detective, searching for clues to the puzzle of healthy and satisfying nutrition. Her intelligent and reassuring approach will likely make readers venture more confidently through the jungle of today's super-sized stores. (May)
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Nutritionist Nestle's newest volume aims to help the American consumer determine what best to eat to improve or to maintain good health. Pursuing what she hopes is a unique and beneficial approach, she surveys a supermarket on a food-by-food basis, noting for each category what nutritional benefits are claimed and what really are the advantages and dangers in consuming any grocery offering. She documents how food industry concerns have perverted nutritional and origin labeling, dismayed that economics has once more trumped open information. She assesses the roles of trans-fats in processed food, methylmercury in fish, calcium in dairy products, salmonella in fresh eggs, sugar in cereals, and genetic modification. Nestle is particularly concerned that consumers understand all the implications, good and bad, of the perennially contentious "organic" label. Although the honest, prudent scientist in Nestle precludes her providing glib prescriptions or half-true advice on eating, she does present very helpful shopping guidelines for consumers determined to be vigilant about their food. Mark Knoblauch
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative, Impartial 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
5.0 out of 5 stars great book! Jan. 4 2011
By niniR
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and Informative Aug. 17 2009
By Joanna
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, interesting read April 16 2012
Format:Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Problematic, skewed and evidence is selective March 22 2012
By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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