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What to Eat by Marion Nestle
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Feb 13, 12

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This is the one nutrition book to replace all others. Most books stick to dry facts. They drown you in numbers (calories, portions) and often promote the author's pet premise (veganism, esoteric diets). This book, formatted engagingly as a trip through a supermarket, is both factual and humorous. Nestle gives you options, and reasons for those options. She doesn't hesitate to explore issues directly or indirectly related to nutrition, such as media advertising and the careful placement of goods in the store. Although rightfully critical of government and big business, who show less concern for the consumer than for the bottom line of profits, she is never critical or condescending to the reader. She gives you a thorough explanation of what you should eat, but doesn't criticize any choice you might make. She writes for a general audience but doesn't dumb it down or disrespect her readers. Reading this book is easier than you might suspect, thanks to the clarity of the writing and the humor. Overall, it is like chatting with a close, knowledgeable friend while strolling through your local supermarket.

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