Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Plant-Based Nutrition, 2nd Edition by Julieanna Hever M.S., R.D.; Raymond J. Cronise

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Plant-Based Nutrition, 2nd Edition
by Julieanna Hever M.S., R.D.;
Raymond J. Cronise

ISBN-13: 9781465470201
Paperback: 353 pages
Publisher: DK
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
The science confirms that a diet rich in whole, plant-based foods can help your body thrive. In fact, a growing number of physicians advocate a completely plant-based diet for many of their patients who suffer from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. In this all new edition, leading plant-based dietician, Julieanna Hever, and Ray Cronise, the mastermind behind magician Penn Jillette's 100-pound weight loss transformation, team up to give you everything you need to know about following a plant-based diet, including:

A wealth of information on the most nutrient-dense foods in the plant kingdom

New perspectives on macronutrients, and why categorizing protein, carbs, and fats as food groups causes unnecessary confusion about what to eat

The latest science on oxidative priority and how it explains why many common recipes drive unintentional weight gain

Healthspan and longevity recommendations based on the latest research

45 all new recipes from celebrity chefs: Matthew Kenney, Dreena Burton, Jazzy Vegetarian, Kathy Patalsky, Robin Robertson, Fran Costigan, Jason Wyrick, and Matt Frazier

Sample menus to get you started on a plant-based lifestyle

Tips for stocking your kitchen, boosting the nutritional content of your favorite dishes, and dining out healthfully

My Review:
Plant-Based Nutrition, 2E provides the basic information needed to understand the benefits of eating a whole-food, plant-based diet and how to do it. The authors kept the information pretty basic--what you need to know to eat healthy in a practical sense rather than lots of scientific discussions. The authors talked about why a whole-food, plant-based diet is desirable, the nutrition you need (protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals) and how it's generally easy to meet the minimum requirements from whole, plant foods. They talked about what supplements you might need to take and which do more harm than good.

They talked about dietary guidelines, nutrition myths and controversies (obviously just the most common ones), understanding nutrition claims on products at the store and how to shop successfully. They described the benefits of exercise and some basics about length and types of exercise. They talked about special nutrition considerations during pregnancy and for babies, children, seniors, athletes, and weight loss. They covered how a whole food, plant-based diet helps heal chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, and more.

They provided tips for eating out at restaurants, for the holidays and such, and information on how to convert recipes to animal-product-free versions (with dairy, egg, meat, oil substitutes). Then we got 45 recipes from various people. In general, they seemed to serve about 4 people and didn't look too complicated. Overall, this book is a good resource if you want basic information about a whole-food, plant-based diet.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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