Encyclopedia of Foods

A Guide to Healthy Nutrition

Edited By

  • . Experts from Dole Food Company
  • . Experts from The Mayo Clinic
  • . Experts from UCLA Center for H

The Encyclopedia of Foods: A Guide to Healthy Nutrition is a definitive resource for what to eat for maximum health as detailed by medical and nutritional experts. This book makes the connection between health, disease, and the food we eat.The Encyclopedia describes more than 140 foods, providing information on their history, nutrient content, and medical uses. The Encyclopedia also describes the "fit kitchen", including the latest in food safety, equipment and utensils for preparing fit foods, and ways to modify favorite recipes to ensure health and taste.
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The health conscious, educated adult looking for a comprehensive nutritional guide and the relationship between health and disease.


Book information

  • Published: November 2001
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-219803-8


"...serves as a comprehensive guide to fresh produce varieties, their nutritional content, how to incorporate produce items into a healthy diet and menu suggestions." PRODUCE BUSINESS (2004) "...offers tons of tips for sensible eating…explains not just the nutritional value of fruits, it also has information about carbohydrates; how to decipher nutrition information on supermarket items; and healthy alternatives to meal favorites." -NAPLES DAILY NEWS, TUSCALOOSA NEWS, MANHATTAN MERCURY (2004) "...this one is well worth recommending to a senior citizen who has nutritional questions...it is written very clearly, in non-technical language, in a good print size."-JOURNAL OF NUTRITION FOR THE ELDERLY (2003) "...the book is well written and provides interesting facts and tips to improve dietary intake and to incorporate favorite foods into daily diets."-GASTRONOMICA (2003) "If you want to know about diets, menus, foods and how to prepare good meals--buy this book." -AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR CANCER RESEARCH "...it has appealing layout, colored diagrams, and wonderful photographs that make the information readable and interesting. ...A bargain, highly recommended for all libraries." -CHOICE "...much more than just an encyclopedia. ...this resource gives a lot of information surrounding all aspects of healthy living and healthy eating. ...Because of the popularity of this topic to both laypersons as well as the health community, this volume is recommended for public, academic, and consumer health libraries of all sizes." -AMERICAN REFERENCE BOOKS ANNUAL "This is a unique combination of food sources, nutrition information, and health-nutrition interactions. The book intends to provide knowledge for individuals to influence their health and provides sections to help people make positive diet changes." -DOODY'S "Superior and comprehensive. One stop shopping for all the knowledge needed to eat healthy and be healthy." -George L. Blackburn, Harvard Medical School "If you want to know about diets, menus, foods and how to prepare good meals--buy this book." —Riva Burrum, American Institute for Cancer Research

Table of Contents

Part I: A Guide to Healthy Nutrition:Chapter 1: Optimizing Health:The Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI's)America's Health GoalsThe Dietary Guidelines for AmericansThe Power of the Food Guide PyramidOther Voices: Guidelines of Health OrganizationsThe Bottom Line: Optimizing HealthChapter 2: The Nutrients and Other Food Substances:The Macronutrients: Carbohydrates, Proteins, and FatsCarbohydratesProteinFatsThe Micronutrients: Vitamins and MineralsWaterOn the Nutrient Horizon: PhytochemicalsSupplements: Foods, or Functional FoodsNutrition and Your Stages of LifeChapter 3: The Food-Health Connection:ObesityHigh Blood PressureDiabetes MellitusCoronary Artery DiseaseOsteoporosisCancerChapter 4: Planning Meals: Selecting Healthful Foods, Plus Two Weeks of Menus:Plan to "Eat Well"Eat BreakfastWhat's For Lunch?Snack TimeWhat's For Supper?Dining outGrocery Shopping: Another Key to Healthy MealsFoods and Issues You May Have Wondered AboutTwo Weeks of MenusChapter 5: Preparing Healthful Meals:Change Is GodCreating Healthy MenusFood SafetyServing SafetyRefrigerating or Freezing FoodClean ItThe Bottom Line on Food SafetyPart II: Encyclopedia of Foods:Fruits:Vegetables:Grains:BreadCerealsPastaRiceDairy Foods:MilkYogurtCheeseMeat & Other High-Protein Foods:MeatPoultryEggsFish & ShellfishLegumesNuts & SeedsFats, Oils, & Sweets:Others:BeveragesHerbs & Spices