SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life

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The super-bestselling book that's enhancing Americans' health

By eating the fourteen SuperFoods highlighted in Dr. Steven Pratt's instant bestseller, you can actually stop the incremental deteriorations that lead to common ailments and diseases

  • Beans -- reduce obesity
  • Blueberries -- lower risk for cardiovascular disease
  • Broccoli -- lowers the incidence of cataracts and fights birth defects
  • Oats -- reduce the risk of type II diabetes
  • Oranges -- prevent strokes
  • Pumpkin -- lowers the risk of various cancers
  • Wild salmon -- lowers the risk of heart disease
  • Soy -- lowers cholesterol
  • Spinach -- decreases the chance of cardiovascular disease and age-related macular degeneration
  • Tea -- helps prevent osteoporosis
  • Tomatoes -- raise the skin's sun protection factor
  • Turkey -- helps build a strong immune system
  • Walnuts -- reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancer
* Yogurt-promotes strong bones and a healthy heart

SuperFoods Rx includes recipes created by Chef Michel Stroot of the Golden Door Spa and teaches you how to incorporate SuperFoods and their sidekicks into your diet. SuperFoods Rx is an indispensable guide to a healthy, long, and energetic life.

Customer Reviews:

  • great resource!!
    i have only perused this so far and it is an exceptional guide for living and eating well!!...more info
  • A Healthy transition
    Superfoods was a great find. By following and eating the recommended superfoods, I notice that my skin color became more glowing and also my energy have been extremely high then usual. Once I added a exercise regimen to these healthy eating habits, I felt the transition inside and out. I would truly recommended this book to anyone who is looking for a healthy life change. This is the perfect eating lifestyle to follow....more info
  • A solid, general rubric for proper eating
    SuperFoods is a great leap in the right direction for anyone looking to improve his or her diet.

    Positives: the format and suggestions are some of the best in the diet class. It's easy to follow, the suggestions are not too expensive, and the book includes a great deal of scientific explanations and references.

    Negatives: the author suggests consuming beans, oats, soy, and dairy. These foods are generally beneficial for one's health, however after reading The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Food You Were Designed to Eat by Dr. Cordain, I learned that human bodies are not properly engineered to consume such foods.

    Conclusion: this book is a tremendous foundational guide to proper nutrition. For those who want to take it to the next level, I would recommend The Paleo Diet instead. ...more info
  • Fourteen foods to improve your health
    After reading this book I bought copies for my mother, stepmother, brother, and all my kids. This book brings together all the latest research into the effect of food on health, including cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and diabetes. Steven Pratt analyzed all this research to come up with 14 foods he feels give you the most nutritional value for the calories. He tells you which foods to choose, how much to consume each day for the maximum health impact, what nutrients each of these foods provides, what health benefits they provide, and what other related foods offer the same nutrients. He also includes recipes for each food. You owe it to yourself to read this book!...more info
  • Think about what you are eating.
    I used to never really think about what I ate. I used to eat stuff that tasted good. I would eat some fruits and vegetables here and there because "they were good for me". After reading this book, the 14 superfoods have now been the staple of my diet for the last 4 months or so. I now feel great and look great. I lost like ten pounds in a couple of months and I was not even trying to lose weight. I guess if you are eating the right things and getting some exercise your body will naturally get to its prime weight. Fad diets now look ridiculous compared to this book. If you are eating the right stuff in the first place you won't need to go on another fad diet. Read this book and stop eating the crap that the big food companies and advertising agencies are forcing down your throat....more info
  • Superfoods=Superenergy!
    Once I started reading this book I could not put it down! It is packed with so much information and I have been amazed at how good and alert I feel by changes I have made in my diet.I am a cancer survivor and this book is important to me to help prevent any other types of cancers or heart disease in the future. I also have heart disease in my family. I have been so impressed with this book that I bought 4 more books for my friends, one who was just recently diagnosed with cancer and the other who is a cancer survivor. I will be purchasing 4 more to give each of my children and siblings. So I say this book is a MUST READ!...more info
  • Superfoods Folley
    Great book! Not alot of reading needed for this 'reference' book, but very informative with that beautiful cover for visual stimulation! After reading this book, I can actually remember all 14 foods and why they are important....more info
  • Great guide for eating your way to good health
    This is a very good and thorough book detailing the 14 foods necessary for maintaining a healthy body and mind. Sadly my two staples, chocolate and coffee didn't make the cut but most of the other foods are things I eat on a regular basis so adding more of these things won't be a huge lifestyle change. You wouldn't think a book about 14 foods would fill a book without putting one to sleep but the author has written the book in such a way that it is easy to skim over the more detailed health benefits of each food and move on to the recipes. I skimmed initially to get a quick idea of what foods I should be focusing on and quickly scan the health benefits and later went back and read the nitty gritty details. For anyone wondering the 14 superfoods are: beans, blueberries, broccoli, oats, oranges, pumpkin, salmon, soy, spinach, tea - black & green, tomatoes, turkey, walnuts and yogurt. For more specific info. you'll need to grab a copy of the book ;) ...more info
  • Excellent book to promote healthy food choices
    This is an excellent book to help learn more about making beneficial food choices as part of a healthy lifestyle. It is not a fad diet or gimmick to lose weight fast. In addition to the 14 suggested "Super Foods," the author identifies "sidekicks" for each, which offer similar benefits. The author also provides recipes, offering guidance on how to prepare these foods using healthy cooking choices, too. (I've already tried a few and they're fabulous!) Finally, throughout the entire book the author supports his information with research-based evidence, with references, from peer-reviewed journals.

    Although the focus is not on losing weight, when you take the advice of the author and begin to eat all of the foods necessary for a long, healthy life, you have little room left to eat the garbage that keeps on the extra pounds!

    This is not just a book I recommend to friends and family - this is one I've already purchased several copies of for friends and family!...more info
  • Learn To Eat Healthy

    If you are trying to eat in a more healthy way this book is a must. This book discusses each of 14 foods that in one way or another help prevent heart disease, cancer and other health problems. A discussion of each food and its healt benefits is written in a way that anyone can understand. Information about what to look for when shopping for foods as well as menus and recipies make this book a must.

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  • Excellent resource !
    This book is packed full of important nutrition information ! I not only read it myself, but purchased copies for everyone I work with, who also found it valuable. ...more info
  • Excellent book
    This book is full of a lot of important nutritional information and how to maximize nutrition when we eat. It is full of recent research findings and has incorporated them into a very user friendly, readable format....more info
  • Good resource
    I ordered this book based on a relative's recommendation. It is a great source of information. I really liked how it was set up and I am interested in incorporating some of the suggestions in my diet!...more info
  • Easy to do and great food
    We have been following the guidelines in this book for several weeks now and find the food to be great plus we feel we are eating better food that is also good for us. All the recepies we have tried were delicious. We are incorporating the foods in this book in almost all of our meal planning. ...more info
  • Excellent book
    This is an excellent book. Not did I find it informative but also very insightful on super foods. This is an excellent book for anyone interested in living a healthier and more vibrant life. I recommend it highly. ...more info
  • SuperFoods Rx : Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life
    I found the book laid out well in its presentation of the 14 Superfoods. The nutritional information and guidelines on the daily requirements for each food category has helped me focus on a more balanced diet. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be more conscious about what they eat and why they eat it....more info
  • Straightforward and Delicious
    I'm new to books about nutrition and found the information presented in this book about the 14 healthiest foods easily understandable and free of too much medical jargon. Dr. Pratt tells why he has chosen each food, and it's health benefits based upon many studies. At the end of the book one will find an extensive bibliography of books and articles upon which he has based his choices. There are also helpful hints on how to incorporate these 14 superfoods in your diet, healthful recipes developed by the chief at the deluxe spa, The Golden Door, daily menus and a list of the best products readily available in supermarkets containing the superfoods....more info
  • Informative and easy to follow
    The great thing about the book is how inspirational and user-friendly this way of eating is. Menus, recipes and shopping lists simplify things further....more info
  • Pages to live by
    SuperFoods Rx is essentially a guide to a diet. However, that diet is different from the one's you've probably heard about in two very important ways-- 1) It's a positive diet. Instead of telling you what not to eat, it's a list of foods you SHOULD eat. Though you'll probably end up deciding to not eat certain foods after checking out this book, it's primarily a guide of good things to put into your body. 2) It's not about weight loss, it's about health--long term health. The foods in this book are chosen not only to promote a good-feeling, well-working body in the short term, they'll also help you in the long term, providing protection against many common discomforts of old age as well as the more deadly hazards of poor nutrition, such as cancer.

    The author of this book is a medical doctor, but rather than trying to feed you some fad diet of his own invention, he chooses his superfoods (and sidekicks; foods that are similar to each superfood) based on a body of peer-reviewed scientific evidence--that means MANY scientific experiments that prove the same thing and have been approved by the scrutiny of other scientists.

    Each chapter tells about a different food, the different health benefits it offers, WHY it is so good for you, and also suggests some recipes and different brands/products you can buy that contain the food. There's also an extensive list of recipes and products at the book's end.

    I found this book very informative, its advice easy to put into use (I like to use a small card to remind me of the servings of each food I should be eating each day), and I also found the book clear and easy to understand. Just like Michael Pollan says in The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals--we live in an age where we are offered so many processed foods that we often don't know what's good or bad for us anymore. This book is a very effective guide for navigating the supermarket in a healthy way, and I recommend it to people all time. Check it out--it's in your body's best interest!...more info
  • Surprising and different
    What I like most about this book is that it stresses healthful eating and not dieting. It's a book for everyone. Folks, listen up: there are plenty of skinny people out there who are unhealthy (I knew someone who lived on a diet consisting of diet coke, candy bars and cigarettes and had quite a trim figure but who ended up with a bunch of other health problems that weren't visible on the outside to the layman's eye). This book gets into the best foods for the human machine - for what ails you or for what you can prevent from ailing you in the future. I read it because I was feeling tired and looking pale and I wasn't keen on choking down a fistful of supplements every day. The 14 foods are actually quite good - oranges, pumpkin (I always was partial to orange food), broccoli, turkey, nuts, oats, wild Alaskan salmon etc... The recipes are really good too - not like other books that substitute artificial ingredients for calories' sake (there's no splenda here thank heavens). You use real sugar (but a lot less of it and most of the time brown sugar), real flour (regular and whole wheat), real eggs... well you get the idea. I made the oat bran muffins that were sweetened by grinding an orange in the blender combined with a little brown sugar and I couldn't believe how good they were. I also made the apple crisp which was very good (made with walnuts) and am planning to try the pumpkin pudding and the salmon burgers next.

    The other excellent thing is that the book gives shopping lists of the really good brands/products and all are items that anyone can purchase in a regular supermarket or Trader Joe's (except the eggs - I couldn't find the eggs he suggests so I just bought organic). This is about making better choices and living healthier and if you approach it that way, you will automatically be healthier and feel better. I felt better after only the first few days. I have more energy already and my skin looks really nice too.

    Oh, and I hear the sequel includes dark chocolate (my favorite) and red wine (my favorite). Something to look forward to after I eat my way through this one.
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  • Good Resource
    The book was in excellent shape and has turned out to be a good resource for a class that I am taking....more info
  • Easiest diet ever.
    The book is easy to follow and the diet makes good sense. This is an excellent program to follow in order to attain target weight, and maintain good health....more info
  • Exceptional!
    I have to tell you that once I began this read I could not put it down. The information that is packed inside of it to help us promote better health is superior to most that I have read.

    Dr. Pratt gives us fourteen foods that will definitely bring us closer to a healthy body if we will incorporate them in our diet. These are: Beans, Blueberries, Broccoli, Oats, Oranges, Pumpkin, Salmon, Soy, Spinach, Tea, Tomatoes, Turkey, Walnuts and Yogurt. Not all on your 'favorite list;? take heart, the good doctor also provides some alternatives in each group for you to chose from. He dedicates an entire chapter to each one, clearly defining their benefits for our bodies.
    He winds down this outstanding educational read by giving us some wonderful recipes and some important nutrition facts and slam dunks it with a chapter titled, SuperFoods RX Shopping Lists, that will allow you to take the guess work out of which product has what , and which is the best to buy (something I always have trouble figuring out); and for those hard to find items, he includes their email or street address.
    This really is a useful, informative book; especially for those who wish to improve their health by adding foods that are readily available. Dr. Pratt does an outstanding job, writing in a clear and concise manner, bringing to light just the right amount of information you need to know without boring you. This book is a keeper, and one you will turn to time and time again. Recommended.
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  • Excellent
    I was raised on hot dogs, cola, and candy. This book was a real eye-opener! The authors make a coherent case for the 14 "Superfoods". Some are fairly common (like tea), others obvious (broccoli, spinach). I was surprised by the inclusion of pumpkin (and its substitute the sweet potato).
    The authors outline substitutes for each food (except tea) and explain why the food in question is so beneficial, including the antioxidant content of the food and the part of the body it benefits (e.g. spinach is good for the eyes). The authors then back up their claims with citations to scientific studies. If you want to have a healthier diet, read this book!...more info
  • Disappointed
    I suppose if you are new to the whole superfoods theory this might be an okay start. However, I've read too many other good authors' works to have gone through this book and not say anything. The information is dated, at times misleading and inaccurate. I have three of this authors' Superfoods books. I should have bought only one prior to the other two. If you want to truly educate yourself, start with "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth" by Jonny Bowden, then try "seasonal food" by Susannah Blake, "The Food Substitutions Bible" by David Joachim and "the new whole foods encyclopedia" by Rebecca Wood. ...more info
  • Great book though I disagree that some are really superfoods...

    I loved the simple and enthusiastic style of the author, especially as he compares (in the introduction) the hypothetical 68-year-old who is on pharmaceuticals with the 68-year-old that is still physically active because he ate right.

    Dr. Pratt somehow chose the top 14 superfoods, based on all kinds of studies which he cites. Though I have researched nutrition a lot, I learned plenty of gems and pearls from this book, such as the value of eating (organic) orange peels for the limonene, the importance of eating the orange pulp (high in Vitamin C), rolling a citrus fruit before juicing to get more of the juice out, low calorie ways to get high amounts of nutrients (ex: pumpkins), squeezing a teabag to get much more of the flavonoids released, and that spinach is an unequaled superfood.

    I gave only four stars because a few of the foods he recommends have a strong downside. For example, while yogurt is the least indigestible of all dairy, most people simply can't handle dairy and (as proven in The China Study) the casein protein actually increases the odds of cancer. Also grains--whether whole or not--are not the easiest of foods to digest. He also lists "fluoride" on the ingredients of tea as if that were a good thing, whereas it has been proven toxic (read The Fluoride Deception, which is packed with research) and it is unfortunate that the tea plant (which in itself is a great superfood) absorbs this toxin from the environment. Even soy, unless eaten sparingly, can present health problems due to the excess of phytoestrogens. And Dr. Pratt suggests on several pages that we microwave food, though microwaving has been proven to create toxins in food. Eating microwaved food was found to cause abnormal changes in human blood and immunity in a study done by Dr. Hertel of Switzerland, and microwave ovens were even banned in Russia.

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  • Good news- I love all fourteen foods (mostly)
    Superfoods RX provides a good summary of some of the best foods to eat in a healthy balanced diet. One of the best things about this book is that the foods listed also come with sidekicks. Most of the foods are not only nutritious, but delicious as well. All of a sudden, something like a turkey sandwich with spinach leaves, tomatoes, and made with oat bread is a superfood buffet. Another delectable delight, vanilla yogurt with fresh blueberries, walnuts, and oats is an ideal, filling and tastey breakfast.

    The inclusion of pumpkin is a little problematic for me because I have mostly ingested pumpkin in pastries and in pies. Winter squash will probably do in meeting the pumpkin requirement though I'll take the challenge to find more creative uses for pumpkin. (Anyone have a good pumpkin soup recipe to share?) The inclusion of soybeans and beans is a little duplicative though I have to admit that nothing goes with beer as well as edadame. Except in high sodium Chinese soups, I don't do tofu so I might have to find other ways for using edadame if I'm going to follow the book's soy recommendation.

    The authors by including tea as a superfood makes my former Mormon self chuckle a bit. Evil tea listed as a health food? Joe I guess you messed up on that one. As for salmon, it's a good news bad news situation. I love salmon, but try finding affordable wild salmon in Utah. The farmed, color added stuff just doesn't cut it health-wise or taste wise. I have made salmon salads from canned Alaskan salmon on a bed of spinach leaves, mixed with tomatoes, broccoli, walnuts, and orange slices. It was actually quite tastey. I might have to take a trip to Alaska every summer to meet the Superfoods recommendation, but I'll give it a go.

    All in all, I found this book a pretty good nutritional guide. The only thing better would have been if he added a good cold lager as a superfood.
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  • You can do this...if I can
    I bought this book with the reluctant intention of going on an anti-cancer diet. I have just been diagnosed with a potential cervical malignancy and my best friend suggested I go on an anti-cancer diet for life as a precaution.

    After just 7 days I cannot believe how much better I feel. The most marked change is that I don't get that afternoon slump where I crave chocolate and/or more food and I've stopped continuously craving food. I have heard other nutritionists describing people who don't eat the right food (regardless of how much they eat) as "starving" because they are not getting enough nutrients and I think that was true of me.

    In fact I have been having salads for lunch and for the first time in my life I have been feeling satisfied. (In the past I always felt hungry, even just after having a big meal.) My former self would not believe that my future self could possibly say that a salad could satisfy me. I always thought that salads were something that supermodels ate, while starving their way to thinness...

    Dr Pratt has excellent little tips that can help you out while shopping... such as not buying bread unless it has more than 3 grams of fibre per serve. With so many different breads competing for your attention in the supermarket isles, flaunting their apparent health giving properties, it's very difficult to know what to purchase. This simple little rule has been of great benefit to me.

    Also, what I love the most is that every person who uses the book, applies their new found knowledge in their own way. I am a fussy eater and don't like some of his food suggestions, however I have found that I can very easily incorporate the superfoods into my diet in my own way. He also has supplementary food items he calls "sidekicks" if you don't like the primary superfood he suggests.

    Dr Pratt emphasises eating the right foods rather than the minor issues of whether its raw, cooked, combined with the right foods, the right amount, a complete protein, the right balance of carbs vs protein etc. He feels that people get bogged down by the unimportant detail of the latest food research only to become dissolusioned and then throw out the baby with the bath water. He doesn't talk about what not to eat, in fact I tried to find out whether he allows coffee or not, and I couldn't find a reference to it. That impressed me... because his diet makes you feel good about yourself... no food guilt here. So I allow myself to eat whatever I want after I've eaten enough of the superfoods... and strangely, I don't find myself wanting the hot chips or chocolate... because for the first time in my life I feel satisfied.

    Dr Pratt references the latest food research... I found the detail of the make-up of the foods too much information for me to process, but it's there if you need it, if you want to know why the food is good for you. I'm happy to just accept the results.

    In terms of losing weight (I'm a little over weight) but I'm curious to see where my weight will end up being if I change to this diet for life. Wherever that is will be the right weight for me.

    I'm starting to think of food as nature's drug... if healthy food were illegal we'd probably all binge on it on the weekend!...more info
  • I feel super human!
    7 years ago I moved to San Diego and was a ophhtalmic technician for Steve in his La Jolla practice. He was always stressing nutrition to his patients and to us. It felt like mom trying to get you to eat your veggies. In 1999 I was an overweight single mother overwhelmed by life and never really considered the direct correlation of what kind of energy-if any-that I was or was not getting from the junk that I ate. I remembered Steve telling a patient who wasn't thrilled with the foods on some of the liturature that we frequently distributed to our patients, he told her "if you can just commit yourself to 6 months of eating really healthy I promise it will never be tough for you to do it for life and you will feel so much better". I thought it was just another "trick" to get her to eat right.

    Low and behold there is something to all this super food stuff! Years after leaving his practice and getting fatter and fatter I finally decided it certainly couldn't kill me to commit 6 months to it. Five years after working with him or even seeing him those words still rang in my head. This book wasn't out yet but I was armed with tons of his litrature abd ready to commit myself.

    I went from about 240 pounds to 130 and have maintained it for two and a half years with little or NO effort. I feel fantastic, I have energy for the first time in my life, I am totally staisfied when I eat and have since learned to be quite a cook. I am actually far more obsessed with food than I ever was, but now I am obsessed with how I can use it to make myself and my family healthier. I get almost giddy everyday thinking "what can I make today!?" as silly as that sounds, it is true.

    Make the commitment to live longer, stronger and with more energy than you have ever had before. I feel younger at 30 than I did at 20. Thanks Steve!!! I am finally eating my veggies like a good girl, took me 5 years to do it but I finally did it and you were right all along! ...more info
  • Solid Material
    I have been reading nutrition books for over a decade. This book relates back to studies that are proven. It really boils down what the best foods are and why. The book recommends how to cook and eat these foods.

    Best book I have read to date on nutrition for the lay person....more info
  • an incredibly valuable resource
    I saw this book at a friend's home and after inquiring about it, I borrowed it from the library. The information is so important and well-delivered that I immediately purchased it. In fact, it has made such an impact that this is the first purchase I have ever felt compelled to review. A healthy approach to eating as a means of preventing disease or promoting wellness, this book should prove useful for anyone. As someone who already ate fairly healthy, I used it to move to the next level. The book offers a lot of great information on adjusting your diet, which you can apply all at once or gradually. I am gradually making adjustments and feel better already. Even though it's not really marketed as a diet book, I'm sure eating this way would have any extra pounds come off fairly effortlessly....more info
  • This book really has changed my life
    The total opposite of a deprivation diet. Now I work hard every day to eat the foods that are good for me, and now thanks to this book, I know what those foods are. This is surely better than spending my life trying to avoid foods I shouldn't eat. By the time I get finished with the super foods, I am so full, I couldn't even consider eating anything else. What I refreshing idea! Actually, I have never been able to find a way to consume all the superfoods in a day. Even with salads and smoothies, but what a neat challenge. I never felt better! Everyone says I look healthy, too. ...more info
  • A superb guide for 2007!
    Dr. Steve Pratt's first book takes a hard look at various foods that have been proven by peer-reviewed research to prevent disease and provide a healthy life. The recommendations are succinct, well-written and backed by scientific research. I recommend this book extremely highly to everyone and any one!...more info
  • Simple, intelligent, proven and invaluable.
    Pratt is not advocating faddy diets, speedy weight loss nor any other such eating plan you will stray away from in days because it's dull, uninspired and useless.
    Quite the contrary, he supplies you with clinically researched evidence that indicates how and why these super foods are good and why you should get more of them in your diet. None of them are difficult to introduce into your diet in great quantity and none of them are insipid, tasteless nor a chore. The other outstanding benefit is that it works! You WILL notice an energy increase and a general improvement in day to day functioning.
    This is how all self help books should be designed and published, with sound clinical research and evidence at it's foundation and the desire to improve health at it's core.
    Most help only those who write them, this is far better than the average and genuinely works!...more info
  • Great guide to important foods
    I wanted a comprehensive list of the Superfoods because I have been trying to include them in my family's daily diet. This is a good book for this purpose. It gives good explanation of the value of eating each food. I definitely recommend this book if you want to eat better....more info
  • Excellent book on nutrition
    I realize that every day we are learning more and more about nutrition, and possibly the book will change one, five, ten years from now, but the reality is that we have to rely on what we know thus far, and I feel that the SuperFoods Rx book is a great guide. I would like to see a small card with all fourteen foods and their sidekicks, something you can take with you shopping (just in case the author reads reviews!!). The book was so easy and enjoyable to read. I sent a copy to my son who is in college. I am hoping that he will read a few pages here and there. The point is that if you just make a couple of changes at a time, and slowly add these super foods to your diet and remove the ones that are harmful, you will be doing yourself a lot of good. I have been interested in nutrition for a very long time, and for some reason this book just hit me hard and made me think a lot about food and what it can do positively and negatively to your body and your mind. I wish I had been more motivated 30 years ago, but the present is always a good time to start. The only negative comment I have has to do with just a few (maybe a couple?) of the recipes. Personally, I would have removed all white flour and refined sugar from the recipes. Other than that, I think the book is a must read for anyone concerned about nutrition and health. It was very well written. ...more info
  • Superb!
    This book is a masterpiece! It contains a wealth of knowledge on the foods and supplements we should eat to be our healthiest. It contains many helpful hints and brand names of healthful foods. I am sending a copy each to my two adult daughters....more info


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