An Apple A Day

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Other Press, Jan 13, 2009 - BUSINESS & ECONOMICS - 368 pages
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Eat salmon. Itís full of good omega-3 fats. Donít eat salmon. Itís full of PCBs and mercury. Eat more veggies. Theyíre full of good antioxidants. Donít eat more veggies. The pesticides will give you cancer.

Forget your dinner jacket and put on your lab coat: you have to be a nutritional scientist these days before you sit down to eatówhich is why we need Dr. Joe Schwarcz, the expert in connecting chemistry to everyday life. In An Apple a Day, heís taken his thorough knowledge of food chemistry, applied it to todayís top food fears, trends, and questions, and leavened it with his trademark lighthearted approach. The result is both an entertaining revelation of the miracles of science happening in our bodies every time we bite into a morsel of food, and a telling exploration of the myths, claims, and misconceptions surrounding our obsession with diets, nutrition, and weight.

Looking first at how food affects our health, Dr. Joe examines whatís in tomatoes, soy, and broccoli that can keep us healthy and how the hundreds of compounds in a single food react when they hit our bodies. Then he investigates how we manipulate our food supply, delving into the science of food additives and what benefits we might realize from adding bacteria to certain foods. He clears up the confusion about contaminants, examining everything from pesticide residues, remnants of antibiotics, the dreaded trans fats, and chemicals that may leach from cookware. And he takes a studied look at the science of calories and weighs in on popular diets.

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User Review  - Omar - Goodreads

Excellent myth-busting take on popular food and health misconceptions. Language is easy to digest for people without scientific backgrounds and chapters are written in a modular way so that you can ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beckett - Goodreads

This was a ridiculous book in some ways. He is a chemist "debunking" every health food claim. I read the whole thing cover to cover though I did not agree with a lot of the stuff he said. He tells the ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Joe Schwarcz

Joe Schwarcz is director of McGill University's Office for Science and Society in Montreal. He teaches courses on nutrition and the applications of chemistry to everyday life. His informative and entertaining public lectures range from nutritional controversies to the chemistry of love. Schwarcz has received numerous awards, including the Royal Society of Canada's McNeil Award, and is the only non-American to win the American Chemical Society's prestigious Grady-Stack Award. He is the author of six books, including Let Them Eat Flax. He was also the chief consultant for the blockbuster titles Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal and The Healing Power of Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs. A regular guest on Canadian television, and the host of weekly radio shows in Toronto and Montreal, Schwarcz also writes a weekly column for The Gazette in Montreal, where he lives. Visit him at www.joeschwarcz.ca.

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