Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet
by Tonia Reinhard
If consumers were asked whether they would change their diets if they knew specific foods would combat certain conditions, help retard their aging process, and provide the energy they needed to function at their best, it is safe to bet that the answer would be a resounding yes.
Enter Registered Dietician Tonia Reinhard. In her latest book, ‘Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet’, Reinhard begins by defining a superfood as one that is "nutrient-dense" - meaning one that provides significant levels of these specific healthy nutrients in a reasonable number of calories. She cites the ongoing research into the links between food and health, and the scientific evidence that proves the effectiveness of individual foods on certain conditions. (Chocoholics were delighted to learn that people who ate a lot of chocolate had a 39% lower risk of heart attack and stroke than those who ate almost no chocolate!)
Superfoods is a comprehensive compendium of 200 beneficial foods organized by type, covering:
- Vegetables - Herbs and Spices
- Mushrooms - Grains
- Legumes - Meat, Seafood, and Dairy Foods
- Fruits - Beverages and Treats
In addition, the author includes the "Healthy Evidence" that led to the inclusion of each, and provides detailed information including:
- nutritional content
- seasonal variations
- curative value
- combinations that enhance their efficacy and those to avoid
- how to maximize the beneficial effects of each
- preparation advice and culinary tips
Readers will find an explanation of antioxidants, omegas, free radicals, enzymes, minerals, plus Nutritional Tables and a Glossary.
"Whether you want to make dramatic changes to your diet or take small steps toward better health, this comprehensive guide will help you design your own portfolio of powerful foods."
About The Author:
Tonia Reinhard, MS, is a Registered Dietitian and Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where she is the program director for the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, course director of clinical nutrition in the School of Medicine, and president of the Michigan Dietetic Association. Reinhard is the also the author of The Vitamin Sourcebook and Gastrointestinal Disorders and Nutrition.