In the barrage of nutrition advice we hear, one crucial fact gets lost: What is good for one person is not necessarily good for another. That's because of the critical role genetic makeup plays in one's susceptibility to disease. Here is a book which lets readers tailor a nutritional program to their individual genetic blueprint, based on family history. Line drawings, graphs and charts.
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Using the premise that genetic factors determine one's susceptibility to disease, Simopoulos, who is director of the Center for Genetics, Nutrition, and Health of the American Association for World Health, and her coauthors explain how to plot a family medical tree and determine a genetic predisposition. Armed with such data, readers can design an appropriate diet to counteract certain diseases. Because nutrition can play an important role in combating heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and alcoholism, it makes sense to study one's genetic heritage and use the available weapons. The authors' comprehensive discussions of these specific diseases and the inclusion of appropriate nutrition plans tailored for each one make this book an excellent resource. Simopoulos's Genetic Variation and Nutrition (Karger, 1990) provides additional information on this subject. Recommended for most collections.
- Janet M. Coogan, Univ. of Florida Libs., Gainesville
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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