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What to Eat

Marion Nestle

North Point Press

Winner of the James Beard Foundation Award
 
Since its publication in hardcover in 2006, Marion Nestle’s What to Eat has become the definitive guide to making healthy and informed choices about food. Praised as "accessible, reliable and comprehensive" in The Washington Post, What to Eat is a resource packed with important information and useful advice from the acclaimed nutritionist.

How we choose which foods to eat is growing more complicated, and the straightforward, practical approach of What to Eat has been praised as welcome relief.  Nestle guides readers through the supermarket sections—produce, dairy, meat, fish, breads, and juices, and then to the "center aisles," where big profits are made. She uses clear language to reveal the big food companies' marketing practices and get to the heart of the real issues. She cuts through foodie jargon and complex nutrition labels and debunks the misleading health claims made by the major companies in the food industry. Nestle explains the differences between foods that are wild and those that are farm-raised; frozen and fresh; and organic, natural, and conventional.  She tells us what we need to know about carbohydrates, omega-3s, and trans fats; pesticides and the environment; portion size, labeling, and nutrition claims; supplements, additives, and preservatives; and food safety.

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What To Eat
THE PRODUCE SECTION1The Supermarket: Prime Real EstateA 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. No wonder. To repeat: An astonishing 320,000 edible products are for sale in the United States, and any large supermarket might display as many as 40,000 of them. You are supposed to feel daunted--bewildered by all the choices and forced to wander through the aisles in search of the items you came to buy. The big companies that own most supermarkets
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"According to nutritionist Nestle, 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."--Publishers Weekly

"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."--Booklist
 
"[This] book is for anyone who has read a food label; been annoyed at how often their children nag them for certain cereals; wondered about the difference between natural and organic; or questioned who is minding the store when it comes to nutrition and food safety."--Marian Burros, The New York Times

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Marion Nestle

  • Marion Nestle is the most respected nutritionist in America today. Her book Food Politics was given the James Beard Award, the top award for food writing; that book and its follow-up, Safe Food, are backlist classics for the University of California Press. A longtime nutritionist and former head of the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, Nestle lectures worldwide and was featured in the movie Super Size Me. A native New Yorker, she raised her family in California and now lives in Greenwich Village.
  • Marion Nestle
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