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Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy…

by M.D. Walter C. Willett

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The bestselling guide to healthy eating, debunking dietary myths, and proposing the radical benefits of low-carbohydrate diet, Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy is "filled with advice backed up by documented research" (Tara Parker-Pope, The Wall Street Journal). Dr. Walter Willett's research is rooted in studies that tracked the health of dieters over twenty years, and in this groundbreaking book, he critiques the carbohydrate-laden diet proposed by the USDA. Exposing the problems of popular diets such as the Zone, South Beach, and Atkins, Dr. Willett offers eye-opening research on the optimum ratio of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and the relative importance of various food groups and supplements. Find out how to choose wisely between different types of fats, which fruits and vegetables provide the best health insurance, and the proportions of each to integrate into their daily diet.… (more)

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For anyone who ever wondered how diet affects their long-term health. Willett is the link between medicine and bolstering your health so you minimize medical intervention. In other words, learn how your food (and also fitness) choices can help you reduce both incidence and severity of chronic disease.

Willett offers no nonsense, in depth analyses into each component of our diet and how it impacts the integrity of our system (mind and body). There is no super nutrient, and we should stop looking for one, is also made clear. The bottom line is that a varied diet, much in the Mediterranean fashion but appropriated to your region's bounty, along with lifelong weight management, is a guarantee that you have done your part to stay healthy. ( )
  wineisme | Mar 17, 2011 |
Informative and well documented. You will leave the book with an understanding of the impact of dietary choices on your health and life style. I am not much on the receipes, but the knowledge of healthy eating (why and what) has made a difference. It is an easy and enjoyable read. brooksbooks wrote "if you only read one diet book - this should be the one." Cannot make that statement, but of the dietary books I've read, this is my choice. ( )
  richardbsmith | May 12, 2009 |
Excellent book backed up by scientific research by Dr. Walter Willett.
  brooksbooks | Feb 7, 2007 |
If you only read one diet book - this should be the one. The main focus of the book is not a diet per se, but rather enabling the reader to critically interpret new report on other diets - particularly those based diets from elsewhere in the world. The author also uses large data sets from his own research the Harvard School of Public Health to describe trends in diet in diet and health. At the end of the day, it is calories in and calories out - but he does a good job of describing why. ( )
  piefuchs | Dec 1, 2006 |
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The bestselling guide to healthy eating, debunking dietary myths, and proposing the radical benefits of low-carbohydrate diet, Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy is "filled with advice backed up by documented research" (Tara Parker-Pope, The Wall Street Journal). Dr. Walter Willett's research is rooted in studies that tracked the health of dieters over twenty years, and in this groundbreaking book, he critiques the carbohydrate-laden diet proposed by the USDA. Exposing the problems of popular diets such as the Zone, South Beach, and Atkins, Dr. Willett offers eye-opening research on the optimum ratio of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and the relative importance of various food groups and supplements. Find out how to choose wisely between different types of fats, which fruits and vegetables provide the best health insurance, and the proportions of each to integrate into their daily diet.

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