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From the renowned Harvard Schools of Public Health and Medicine comes the revolutionary New Food Pyramid that updates and challenges the USDA food pyramid. Based on information gleaned from the Nurses' Health Study, the Physician's Health Study, and the Health Professionals Study that tracked thousands of people for over 20 years, as well as other population studies and research, experts at Harvard now provide new guidelines on the most important foods for enhancing and prolonging life. Exposing the problems of popular diets such as the Zone and the Atkins diet, Dr. Willett offers eye-opening new research on the optimum ratio of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and the relative importance of various food groups and supplements. Readers will learn why weight control is the single most important nutritional factor and what the three other most critical factors of healthy eating are. They will find out how to choose wisely between different types of fats, which fruits and vegetables provide the best health insurance, and the proportions of each to integrate into their daily diet. And all this new, exciting nutritional information is translated for the reader into simple menu plans, and tasty recipes that make utilizing the New Food Pyramid a breeze. Completely unique and authoritative, the national bestseller EAT, DRINK, AND BE HEALTHY will teach everyone an entirely new way to eat.
Outline's Best of 2001 Aimed at nothing less than totally restructuring the diets of Americans, Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy may well accomplish its goal. Dr. Walter C. Willett gets off to a roaring start by totally dismantling one of the largest icons in health today: the USDA Food Pyramid that we all learn in elementary school. He blames many of the pyramid's recommendations--6 to 11 servings of carbohydrates, all fats used sparingly--for much of the current wave of obesity. At first this may read differently than any diet book, but Willett also makes a crucial, rarely mentioned point about this icon: "The thing to keep in mind about the USDA Pyramid is that it comes from the Department of Agriculture, the agency responsible for promoting American agriculture, not from the agencies established to monitor and protect our health." It's no wonder that dairy products and American-grown grains such as wheat and corn figure so prominently in the USDA's recommendations.
Willett's own simple pyramid has several benefits over the traditional format. His information is up-to-date, and you won't find recommendations that come from special-interest groups. His ideas are nothing radical--if we eat more vegetables and complex carbohydrates (no, potatoes are not complex), emphasize healthy fats, and enjoy small amounts of a tremendous variety of food, we will be healthier. You'll find some surprises as well, such as doubts about the overall benefits of soy (unless you're willing to eat a pound and a half of tofu a day), and that nuts, with their "good" fat content, are a terrific snack. Relying on research rather than anecdotes, this is a solidly written nutritional guide that will show you the real story behind how food is digested, from the glycemic index for carbs to the wisdom of adding a multivitamin to your diet. Willett combines research with matter-of-fact language and a no-nonsense tone that turns academic studies into easily understandable suggestions for living. --Jill Lightner
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Jorge Chavarro, M.D., Sc.D., earned both master's and doctoral degrees in epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he is currently a research fellow studying the role of diet and lifestyle on reproductive function.
Walter C. Willett, M.D., Dr.P.H., is the Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is one of the leaders of the influential Nurses' Health Study, as well as the author of "Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating,"
Patrick J. Skerrett is coauthor, with Walter Willett, of "Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy," He is the editor of the "Harvard Heart Letter,"
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A Comprehensive Aid in Nutrition Decision Making Jun 9, 2008
With so much news constant inundating all of us on the most recent nutrition fads it's often difficult to decide what the right choices are when it comes to eating.
This book is an excellent source of advice citing which studies make sense to pay attention to and what sorts of dietary changes we can all be making to improve our lives. I purchased 2 copies, one for myself, and one for my parents.
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Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy Apr 20, 2008
This book does a wonderful job of taking the scientific information available regarding nutrition and puts it a format the lay public can easily understand. Very professional.
Very thorough. Now you know what you're eating! Mar 13, 2008
Glad to find a book that breaks down what I'm eating and what it does or doesn't do for me. Tired of wasting my time eating junk. I want more energy and food, sleep, and exercise are key!
Great Advice Mar 12, 2008
Finally! A book with some real information I can use to make my diet healthier and remain easy to follow. I only take off a star because a lot of the information was repeated over and over and over. The book could have easily been slimmed down 100 pages without losing any content. I also appreciate the sample menus and recipes in the back. Overall, I think everyone should be forced to read this book- our collective health would be much better!