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Nutrition For Dummies, 6th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-13025-3
432 pages
April 2016
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Get the straight facts on nutrition, slim down, and feel great

You've been hearing it since you were a kid: "You are what you eat." And this wise saying is true! Good nutrition is the key to achieving and maintaining healthy weight and lifelong good health—no matter how you slice it. Nutrition For Dummies, 6th Edition is a one-size-fits-all guide to nutrition that shows you how to manage your diet so you get the most bang for your buck. This book gives you the know-how to put together a shopping list, prepare healthy foods, and easily cut calories.

The latest edition of The Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages individuals to eat a healthful diet—one that focuses on foods and beverages that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent chronic disease. This updated edition of Nutrition For Dummies reflects the latest suggested guidelines and details in plain English so you can incorporate these recommendations for living a nutritionally sound life. You'll get updated RDAs on vitamins and nutritional supplements; find out why you should eat more fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and other plant-based foods; understand the importance of cholesterol for brain health; get the latest information on obesity; and more.

  • Decipher the latest nutrition facts, labels, and guidelines
  • Understand why sugar is the most controversial subject in diet today
  • Grasp the truth about vitamin supplements and energy drinks
  • Make informed decisions about your own nutrition choices

An apple a day may not necessarily keep the doctor away, but with the simple guidance of Nutrition For Dummies, 6th Edition you can be on your way to living a happier, healthier, and longer life.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1: Nutrition 101: The Basic Facts about Nutrition 5

CHAPTER 1: Nutrition Equals Life: Knowing What to Eat to Get What You Need 7

CHAPTER 2: Digestion: The 24/7 Food Factory 19

CHAPTER 3: How Much Nutrition Do You Need? 27

CHAPTER 4: The (Still) Growing American Body 37

CHAPTER 5: Calories: The Energizers 49

CHAPTER 6: Protein Power 59

Part 2: The Good Stuff in Your Food 71

CHAPTER 7: Facing Facts on Fat and Cholesterol 73

CHAPTER 8: Carbohydrates: A Complex Story 89

CHAPTER 9: Alcohol: Another Form of Grape and Grain 105

CHAPTER 10: Vitamins for Vim and Vigor 117

CHAPTER 11: Making the Most of Minerals 133

CHAPTER 12: Water Works 149

CHAPTER 13: Added Attractions: Supplements 161

Part 3: Training and Development 173

CHAPTER 14: Why You Eat When You Eat 175

CHAPTER 15: Why You Like the Foods You Like 185

CHAPTER 16: Building Your Healthful Diet 197

CHAPTER 17: Choosing Wisely with Pyramids, Plates, and Labels 209

CHAPTER 18: Eating Smart When Eating Out 225

Part 4: Food Processing 237

CHAPTER 19: Praising Food Processing 239

CHAPTER 20: Cooking Nutritious Food 253

CHAPTER 21: How Freezing, Canning, Drying, and Zapping Protect Your Food 271

CHAPTER 22: Better Eating through Chemistry 283

Part 5: Food and Medicine 297

CHAPTER 23: When Food Gives You Hives 299

CHAPTER 24: Brain Food 309

CHAPTER 25: Food and Drug Interactions 329

CHAPTER 26: Using Food as Medicine 337

Part 6: The Part of Tens 349

CHAPTER 27: Ten Reliable Nutrition Websites 351

CHAPTER 28: Ten Superstar Foods 357

CHAPTER 29: Ten Easy Ways to Cut Calories 365

CHAPTER 30: Ten Ways Coffee Makes Life Better 369

CHAPTER 31: Ten Terrific Foods Starting with the Letter P 375

Index 383

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Author Information

Carol Ann Rinzler is a veteran author of more than 20 books on food and health, including Nutrition For Dummies and Controlling Cholesterol For Dummies. She has contributed to The New York Times, Redbook, Family Circle, and is a former nutrition columnist for the New York Daily News.

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