How To Eat More Plants: Transform Your Health with 30 Plant-Based Foods per Week (And Why It’s Easier than You Think)

The Experiment. Aug. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781615198788. pap. $22.95. HEALTH
Many people are trying to eat a more plant-based diet these days. However, it is possible to be vegetarian or vegan and still have a very limited or unhealthy diet. Rossi, a PhD and registered dietitian, focuses on the idea of fiber and a wide variety of foods in diets, with an emphasis on gut microbe health. The first half of the book outlines benefits from eating more fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. She provides weekly menu plans for various lifestyle scenarios and highlights micro and macro-nutrients of specific foods and how they affect various aspects of the body. Rossi also discusses FODMAP (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols--carbohydrates that the small intestine absorbs poorly) and foods recommended for irritable bowel disease and issues with very restrictive diets. The second half of the book includes 80 recipes ranging from breakfast through dinner. Recipes are straightforward and beautifully illustrated, but some are lengthy due to numerous ingredients, and many require a blender or food processor.
VERDICT A tasty primer on increasing the diversity of foods in diets and improving overall gut health. Purchase where there is interest.
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