The Definitive Guide to the Nutrition-Packed Foods that Energize, Heal, and Help You Look Great
By David Grotto
The more research done on illness, even chronic illness, the more we discover what a powerful role food plays in our health. With the ever increasing availability of organic food and labeling which helps people know what they are eating, whether it’s GMO, gluten free, low sodium, etc, it is clear there is a growing interest in understanding our food. As a society, we are becoming more careful about what we put in our mouths, as foods are the building blocks of our bodies. With this increased awareness, the title, The Best Things You Can Eat, stands out as a book meant for those who are mindful about their bodies and food choices.
This is an impressively researched book that merges the latest science in nutrition with practical information for the everyday consumer, with the intent to make it simple to know which foods to choose. The first three chapters address vitamins, minerals, and fats & fiber. It outlines which are the Top Seven food sources for each and then includes Honorable Mentions followed by a Best Food Groups category.
Not only does The Best Things You Can Eat address the quality of foods, showing the ones which are the most nutritionally dense and thus best food choices; but it also makes recommendations about the top foods for different conditions people face. In this way, the book outlines which are the best foods to be eating generally as humans; and also identifies the ideal foods to eat if you have health challenges such as diabetes, cancer or other chronic illnesses. For example, in reading this book we learn that artichokes are good for lowering cholesterol and one of the greatest sources of soluble fiber which helps battle liver cancer. The foods for addressing bad breath, slowing down aging, curing aches and pains, beating cold and flu as well as cancer busters are all identified as the book breaks down conditions along with the foods which best address them. There are charts which highlight what foods will do certain things along with tips and tidbits of information, some of which are quite surprising.
The author, David Grotto, has a terrific humorous personality which makes the book not only educational but entertaining. He informs you of the seriousness of food choices without being preachy, and helps you become excited about the health and wellness that comes from knowing what foods are best for our bodies, whatever our conditions.
The information in this book is boiled down into a handy, compact resource that’s both simple to navigate and easy to carry. I plan to keep this book by my side as I shop at the grocery store to refer to as I make selections in the produce and other departments. With the knowledge of how foods support our health, many of the medications we may be taken can be eliminated, or avoided in the first place. For this reason, I recommend this book to anyone who eats. If we all studied and took the information in this book to heart, both figuratively and literally, the health and happiness we can experience would be transformational.