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John Wiley & Sons Inc 1999 0764551809 / 9780764551802 Paperback Very Good 
Butter or margarine? Regular or decaf? Wanna supersize those fries? Each of us makes dozens of dietary decisions a day and consumes 1,500 pounds of fo od a year, but nutrition is one of those topics in which many people--inclu ding the majority of physicians--are not well versed. Fortunately, reading Nutrition for Dummies is like watching That's Incredible!: there's no short age of fascinating tidbits. Read it if you've ever popped a multivitamin an d figured it would compensate for not getting your five fruits and veggies. Longtime health journalist Carol Ann Rinzler clearly walks you through the anatomy of the digestive system (including the difference between a duodena l and a peptic ulcer), the roles of the six basic groups of nutrients, the highs and unfortunate lows of metabolism, and the links between diet, aging , and disease. While these topics could be dry and dull, she spices them up with clear charts and illustrations, lively writing, and fascinating facts : "Megadoses of vitamin A {as retinol} may cause symptoms that make you thi nk you have a brain tumor"; "Fluoride levels higher than 6 milligrams a day are considered hazardous"; the mineral copper "prevents your hair from tur ning gray prematurely"; oysters are correctly reputed to be aphrodisiacs, a s they're high in zinc, which helps produce testosterone. Rinzler then covers food processing, how cooking affects nutrition (yes, cooking in an iron pan will add iron to your food), how to read food labels and choose supplements, and how to cope with food allergies and intolerances. She also lists common food-drug interactions (taking aspirin increases your folate and. 
Price: 700.00 JPY
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