Saturday, July 08, 2006

"What to Eat" by Marion Nestle

Marion Nestle's latest book "What to Eat" gives a comprehensive look at almost every food available in today's supermarkets. She goes aisle by aisle giving you information on how to look past marketing ploys and decide what foods you should really be feeding your family.

Here are a few questions answered in this book:

- Is organic worth it?
- What's the difference between conventional, natural and organic meats?
- Is it better to eat farm-raised fish, wild-caught - or any fish at all?
- What's the problem with partially hydrogenated oils and transfats?
- How can foods with hydrogenated oils have no transfats?

She also addresses:

- food safety
- supplements
- additives and preservatives
- nutrients added to junk foods
- frozen and fresh foods
- portion sizes, labeling, and nutrition claims

I highly recommend this book as it will give you a lot of insight into how foods are marketed, how food companies make their money, and how to read nutrition labels. I originally checked this out from the library - but after I was about a third of the way through, I bought my own copy. I know I will refer to this often.

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