Despite its title and 796 pages, this nutrition guide isn't really complete—at least not for anyone with a serious interest in the pure foods revolution of the past ten years. With their sharp rejection of the organic foods movement and dismissal of macrobiotics as hoax and hazard, editors Herbert (Medicine/The Mount Sinai School of Medicine) and Subak-Sharpe (Breathing Easy, 1988) and their staff of writers place themselves squarely in the conservative wing of mainstream nutrition. Within that wing, however, they, range far and wide, offering expert and thorough—though often just common-sensical—advice on the basic food groups; nutrition during the various stages of life; "special nutritional needs and problems" (e.g., a chapter on "The Nutritional Effects of Alcohol"); and the role of nutrition in affecting various diseases (cancer, diabetes, dental disease, etc.). A final section covers such daily nutritional matters as eating in restaurants and food labeling, while a glossary and table of nutrient values of assorted foods appends the text.
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