Review: THE HANDY NUTRITION ANSWER BOOK / by Patricia Barnes-Swarney and Thomas E. Svarney

The Handy Nutrition Answer Book / by Patricia Barnes-Svarney and Thomas E. Svarney
Visible Ink     ISBN 9781578594849
HS (Adult)     Rating: 3

handy nutrition answer book

The Handy Nutrition Answer Book is part of a series answering basic questions on various subjects. Like the others, The Handy Nutrition Answer Book is geared toward the general audience.

Arranged by topic, The Handy Nutrition Answer Book covers the basics of food

chemistry, nutrition, food preservation, allergies, illnesses & diseases affected by

nutrition, eating and drinking choices, nutrition history (including famines, typical

diets of our ancestors), modern nutrition (USDA, MyPlate, food safety),

controversies (like GMO, irradiation), and nutrition through different stages of life.

It also includes several appendices: food safety websites, nutrition websites, diet

comparisons, a glossary, an index, as well as references for further reading.

Along with approximately 900 questions and the one or two paragraph answers,

the text is interspersed with facts in sidebars, photos, tables, graphs, and


The Handy Nutrition Answer Book is designed to allow the reader to flip to the

section of interest, finding the answer they need. This allows the book to be both

practical and informative, answering such questions as “How are calories

measured?” “Why is high fructose syrup controversial?” and “What is the

difference between gluten sensitivity, celiac disease, and wheat intolerance?”

The authors add this disclaimer to their book: there is “no one book that can tell

you everything about what you should personally should or should not eat in

order to stay healthy,” but they hope this is a book that will help the reader make

healthy choices for their family’s health.

Recommended for high school and public libraries.


Recommended for school libraries and public libraries.

Carol R. Gehringer

—reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, 2015.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.


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