The Oxford Book of Health Foods

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The health food industry is a billion-dollar business in the United States today and is thriving worldwide. However, despite the widespread consumption of these foods, little information on these products is available to validate their actual therapeutic and nutritional value.
The Oxford Book of Health Foods is a comprehensive, up-to-date, and scientifically based guide to a variety of foods associated with good health. From fruits, herbs, and grains to vitamins, minerals, and dietary supplements, this new resource offers not only the claims associated with each food, but also the scientific truths behind these claims. Written in elegant and accessible prose by two leading experts in botany and nutrition, the books begins with an account of modern concepts of human nutrition, followed by a series of over one hundred entries on individual health foods and dietary supplements. Each entry for each type of food provides full information on its origins, a thorough description, the claims and myths associated with it, and the scientific evidence to support--or refute--these claims. Beautifully illustrated throughout with botanical drawings, electron micrograph scans, and photographs (all in full color), the text is further supplemented by a glossary explaining the more technical terms and a bibliography listing sources for further reading. A straightforward and authoritative reference, The Oxford Book of Health Foods is a must-have for all who are interested in general health and nutrition.

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J.G. Vaughan is Emeritus Professor of Food Sciences, King's College, London and is co-author of The New Oxford Book of Food Plants.
Dr. P.A. Judd is Principal Lecturer, Faculty of Health, University of Central Lancashire.

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`If you're one of the hundreds of thousands who like the idea of natural healing by dietary means, this could be the year's most welcome addition to your bookshelf...Dry, calm, factual, serious business.' The Guardian (Weekend)

`Many books on health foods are too superficial or too cranky to inspire confidence. No such danger with the Oxford Book of Health Foods...essentially a reference book, but it is also a good read for anyone with and interest in the subject' House and Garden

`a fascinating browse for anyone who is interested in plants and health' The Journal of the Oral Health Promotion Research Group

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