Book Review: Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal

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Learn the best foods to eat to support good health with any condition, as well as the foods to avoid, in this new book from Reader's Digest.

5/5 Stars

When I agreed to review Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal, I was not prepared for the size of this food and health tome. At close to 400 pages with lots of color photos, sidebars, and descriptions, this is bigger than many phone books.

Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal is divided into two sections, one focusing on foods and the other one ailments. Each is organized alphabetically, which makes it easy to navigate. Plus there is a long index in the back.

With each food you will find guidelines for food preparation and storage. You will also find information on GMOs (genetically modified foods), BPA and other additives (good and bad), mercury, and pesticides. And in case you forgot what vitamins do what, there is a breakdown of vitamins and minerals and an example of an "ideal diet".

Even foods we tend to think of as always good for everybody, like bran, are bad for some. While bran is great for diverticulitis, constipation, and hemorrhoids; it is bad for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and impedes mineral absorption.

Any food that someone can be allergic to is clearly labeled. While we are used to hearing about peanuts and dairy, I didn't realize that pears and jicama are also common allergans.

While food may not completely heal you of all ills, nutritional support is always helpful. For example, did you know that mushrooms and soy sauce are bad for folks with asthma? Or that women with fibroids should cut their beer consumption and eat more greens?

I gave this book to my health coach, Keren Hawkins, and she LOVES it! An easy tool to help her clients (like me) figure out what to eat and why.

Foods that Harm, Foods that Heal, Revised and Updated: The Best and Worst Choices to Treat your Ailments Naturally

Love this book!