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