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The Best Things You Can Eat

for Everything from Aches to Zzzz:

the Definitive Guide to the Nutrition‑Packed Foods that Energize, Heal, and Help You Look Great

David Grotto, RD, LDN

Da Cap Lifelong Books

Trade Paperback




Often we hear of the bedside companion, a book that will help you to doze as you stumble through the pages. The Best Things You Can Eat is not that book. This is a new kitchen tool to help make decisions on what to prepare for dinner. Though not a recipe book, it is a guide to discovering those foods that will. A new awareness concerning the consumption of good food has erupted throughout our nation. Is this because of the President’s wife? Alternatively, is it we are living longer and want to enjoy our lifestyles? There is no simple solution, and this book does not really delve into the whys and wherefores. Instead, we find an honest discussion about food and its benefits.

A cancer fighter, according to Grotto, is guava fruit.  He points out that studies indicate that guava fruit increases apoptosis (programmed cell death) and prevents the spread of malignant cells sending the message to cancer cells that their days are numbered.  Guava fruit is grown in tropical climes like Florida, and for years has been a tourist attraction to take home in the form of guava jelly.

Almonds are an excellent source of protein, manganese, vitamin E, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, and copper, Grotto points out. The best side effect beyond the minerals and vitamins is that when a regular part of the diet, almonds significantly reduce blood pressure.  Using cherries to combat bad breath is another of Grotto's recommendations. He points out that they have antioxidant functions, which help remove the odor of the colorless gas released in decaying organic matter and garlic attributed to bad breath.

Throughout the book, Grotto has charts, which highlight what foods will do certain things. In addition, there are many other tips that discuss "shocker food"--tidbits of information that stand out because they are unusual.  An example is eating carbohydrates before bedtime is one of the best fuels for cranking out sleep promoting serotonin. Eating leftover baked potato topped with salsa (not too spicy) and accompanied by a glass of milk may prevent leg cramps and calm restless legs, as well as lower blood pressure.

This is a highly recommended five-star book that will aid readers in looking and sleeping better with the additional benefit of keeping you healthy.                                        

Clark Isaacs


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