The Food Report Card: 12,000 Favorite Foods Including Brand-Name Products, Graded A,B,C, or d Fornutritional Value

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With the explosion of news over how important the role a healthy diet plays in living longer and stronger, many Americans are eager to start eating better. But they are baffled by the new food labels; you need a calculator to figure out portions and percentages -- and not just for each individual food but for your entire day's menu.

The Food Report Card helps the consumer to find out what the best foods are to not only avoid cholesterol and fats, but help combat chances of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. The book rates 14,000 foods, including fruits, vegetables, meats, brand-name products, canned and frozen foods, and even fast foods, and assigns them a simple grade from A to D, based on fat, sugar, calories, fiber, and sodium. Thousands of charts show type of food, portion size, calories, and grade. The charts tell you at a glance what's good to eat: a sound diet is made up of A and B foods, with some Cs thrown in for the occasional snack and Ds to be avoided at all times. If you're on a high-fiber diet, look to those foods that have received a "+" rating, and if you're avoiding sodium, stay away from those that have a "-".

With the straightforward grade ratings presented in The Food Report Card, you can immediately identify which foods are good for your heart, for losing weight, lowering your cholesterol or your blood pressure, and even increasing your physical endurance. No other book is simpler to use, and no other sources gives you all the nutritional advice you need in so handy a format.

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Thomas Yannios is a doctor who's spent too many hours hovering at the bedsides of critically ill patients who suffer from a lifetime of poor eating habits. Yannios says most of the foods available on your supermarket shelves are bad for you, with more fat than is safe, or too much sodium, and only 15% have even minimally adequate sources of fiber. Yet, says Yannios, it's not so difficult to eat well if you know which items to buy and which to avoid like the plague. Ergo his Food Report Card book, crammed with easily understandable ratings for 12,000 common foods, including brand-name products.

Each food item is identified by food type (tomato sauce, for example), processing category (canned, bottled or refrigerated), brand (Progresso, for instance), any relevant descriptions, calories per serving size (27 per half cup, in the case of Progresso Tomato Sauce), and a nutrition grade of A, B, C, or D for a quick health judgment (the Progresso sauce receives an A-). Maybe you won't lug the book with you to the supermarket, but it doesn't take long to check out and compare the brands you usually consider. Do you buy frozen pizzas? Celentano's Cheese pizza rates a B-, compared to the Celentano Thick Crust Cheese, which scores a C-; the Weight Watchers 3 Cheese, not surprisingly, earns the highest mark (B+) and almost all the Tombstone pizzas scrape the bottom of the health barrel, with D-. Sometimes, even within one brand, the ratings can vary dramatically. For salad dressings, for example, Hidden Valley Ranch Honey Dijon weighs in with an A-, while the same brand's Original Ranch ranks a D-.

Sure, you could probably figure this all out for yourself if you spent a few hours carefully comparing the nutritional chart small print, but do you? If you haven't got tons of time to invest in healthy cooking but are still interested in increasing the nutritional content while decreasing the junk quotient of what you ingest, Yannios's food-rating charts provide a fast and easy way to up the quality of your food, and ultimately, your health. --Stephanie Gold

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