The Nutrient Dense Eating Plan:
Basic Health Publications, INC
Publication date: December 2010
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)
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Nutrient-dense eating refers to the nutritional quality of a food and to the highly concentrated, vitally important foods eaten on the plan. They are the opposite of empty-calorie foods that eventually degrade health and lead to debilitating diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, says the author. He believes the dominant eating disorder of this culture is the ambivalent, adversarial relationship people have with food, and in this carefully focused book, he elaborates on the reasons for this, among them the complete capture of our food habits by the profit-oriented, chemical-dependent agribusinesses and fast-food companies that have succeeded in fragmenting the environment and the food itself, ultimately shortchanging everyone. Dr. Margel believes that reconnecting to ancestral wisdom, to food as it always was, pure and simple, with people understanding that you are what you eat, and eating as if it really mattered, holds the key to stopping the downward spiral of poor eating patterns that lead to even poorer health. The way to achieve this, he says, is through the Nutrient-Dense Eating Plan, a common sense approach to food and the ways people choose to eat, and an easily understandable way to evaluate food for its quality and denseness. The book is divided into four parts. Part One defines nutrient density and tells why it is the best way to eat for optimum health. Dr. Margel contrasts his plan with the present state of food, discusses the history of food in America and how the nutritionally inferior standard American diet (SAD) got a foothold, and gives solutions he believes are workable. Part Two examines the top nutrients individually, some familiar, some less so. The author's contagious enthusiasm for these foods cannot help but stimulate a fresh appreciation for the wide range of nutrient-dense whole foods available to everyone. Part Three consists of a flexible, easy-to-understand, four-tier program that is basically a journey of increasing nutrient denseness. To help readers phase into nutrient-dense eating, the program takes their current diets and leads them step by manageable step toward a lifetime of healthier nourishment, connecting them to the delicious whole foods of the eating plan and helping them share in the pleasure they bring. Part Four provides a number of delicious, proven recipes to help implement the eating plan. And the back of the book includes sources for the foods listed, along with other appendices. There is also a bibliography and an index for easy retrieval of topics.