A slack, superficial review of nutrients, food groups, and diet-related diseases. Topics follow one another almost at random, and Fodor makes no attempt to get to the truth behind common assumptions or the significance of oft-cited facts. He blames beriberi on the Japanese sailors' ""strict rice diets"" without noting that it was the newly introduced practice of refining rice that caused the problem. (Also, he dates the outbreak about 100 years too early.) His linking of athletic performance with ""abundant protein"" is misleading, and his disapproval of ""snacks instead of meals"" glib. (It depends, of course, on the content of the snack; actually, frequent small meals are healthier than fewer large ones.) And why bring up additives ""with names like nitrates, sulfites, benzoates"" only to say that ""all of them have been approved for use in the U.S.,"" as if that settles any question of their safety? Flabby.