Healing Foods (DK Living)-Miriam Polunin

  • Title: Healing Foods (DK Living)
  • Author: Miriam Polunin
  • Released: 1999-06-01
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  • Pages: 160
  • ISBN: 0789442477
  • ISBN13: 978-0789442475
  • ASIN: 0789442477


With so many conflicting nutrition messages around, deciding exactly which foods are healthiest and why can seem daunting. Healing Foods helps clear up the culinary confusion by explaining nutrition basics and profiling 50 key foods that can improve health, prevent illness, and promote well-being. The featured foods are beautifully photographed and accompanied by nutritional values, therapeutic properties, health benefits, and information on how to properly select, store, and cook various foods.

There's a section describing the best foods to eat to enhance the respiratory, digestive, circulatory, urinary, and immune systems; treat diabetes; and improve emotional health. The special dietary needs of teens, pregnant women, and older people are also highlighted, along with special foods that are beneficial to women's health.

While Healing Foods lacks step-by-step advice on putting together a good diet and may be slightly confusing for readers who are used to the American Food Pyramid and Dietary Guidelines (the author is British), it contains numerous practical tips and innovative yet easy recipes to help you incorporate more healing foods into your life. If, like increasing numbers of holistic and traditional practitioners, you believe food is your best medicine, then you should certainly consider making Healing Foods part of your library. --Ellen Albertson

From School Library Journal YA. Polunin reviews the merits of a variety of foods, emphasizing their nutritional benefits as well as providing some recipes for their enjoyment. Throughout the book, she points out historical facts along with knowledgeable comments about the changes in healthful eating habits over the years. From a scientific perspective, the author divulges ancient medicinal uses of food and what modern science has learned and proven. She begins with a basic review of the importance of food for its nutrient values and medical purposes, and then explains how the body physically uses it. In the first of four major sections, she uses 50 selected foods as specific examples of their direct influence on health and includes tips on choosing and storing that particular item. See references from the food item to recipes appear at the bottom of the page. A clear photograph of each food decorates the center of its page, adding a visual model that enhances the textual presentation. The next section presents another 30 healthful foods, although in less detail, and with smaller photographs. The third section offers ideas on how consuming specific foods may enhance cures for certain diseases. The fourth section contains the recipes. The attractive DK format, plus the wealth of information, should entice YAs.?Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.