In this book, author Joe Schwarcz addresses foods such as tomatoes, acai berries, curry and soy; additives like nitrites, artificial sweeteners, vitamins and fluoride; contaminants including pesticides, hormones, trans fats and dioxins; and what he suspects to be food or diet fads. Schwarcz contends there are no magical foods, but that a diet of mostly vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low-fat dairy products and moderation are key to good health.
Author: Joe Schwarcz, Ph.D.; Pub. Date: January 13, 2009; Publisher: Other Press; Format: Hardcover, 368 pp; Estimated price: $19.16; ISBN-13: 978-1590513118/ISBN-10: 1590513118; also available in Kindle Edition format
ACE Expert Review
In An Apple a Day, Dr. Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, presents the latest research findings on the pros and cons of everyday foods.
Despite—or perhaps because of—the near constant flow of diet and nutrition advice most Americans are subjected to, many people remain mystified about what to eat to stay healthy and lose weight. This book examines topics such as mercury in fish, the effects of food additives and the potential health benefits of foods like olive oil and chocolate. An Apple a Day is a sensible reference guide for those who are curious about the effects of the foods they eat.
What we liked:
- Schwarcz writes with a clear and authoritative voice, and his explanations are simple to understand but consistently thorough.
What we didn’t like:
- Some of the discussions lack the annotation that we’d like to see in a book centered on dispelling myths with the latest research findings.
October 9, 2009
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