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How To Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered

Houghton Harcourt. Mar. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9780358128823. $17.99. HEALTH
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Bittman (“How To Cook Everything” series) and Katz (founder, Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Ctr.) present a versatile, approachable guide in a Q-and-A format to common food and nutrition issues. They hope their “blend of science and sense” will make this resource stand out among the crowded field of nutrition books, presenting both aspects in a clear, conversational tone. All major areas of nutrition science are addressed, from the evolution of human food consumption to understanding current studies. It will be no surprise to Bittman’s fans that the authors support whole-food, plant-predominant eating habits, owing to their positive health and environmental effects. Debunking nearly all current diet trends, including keto and paleo diets, the authors also discredit the superfood phenomenon. While no recipes or meal plans are included, readers can use the information provided to make better food choices on their own.
VERDICT Based on a timely Grub Street article by the authors that went viral, the demand for this straightforward resource about the current state of nutrition should be high.

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