The power of the foods you eat to help you or hurt you is quite amazing. We’ve both seen the health of patients improve dramatically when they break their junk-food habits and turn to healthful foods instead. And we know that when patients understand the importance of nutrition, they’re more likely to support a healthful diet.
We want to help you feel healthier too, so we wrote Superfoods For Dummies to show you which foods give you the most bang for your dietary buck — our superfoods. We think these foods are extra-special because they can improve your health and prevent disease, and we have the science to back these claims up. Most of our superfoods are easy to find, and you’ll be quite comfortable with them.
But we also introduce you to some lesser-known superfoods. So what’s in it for you? Maybe you want to be more energetic, lose weight, reduce your cholesterol, or lower your blood pressure. No matter what your reason for being interested in superfoods, we know that once you feel the benefits, you’ll want to keep these superfoods in your diet for a lifetime — a very long and healthful lifetime.
If we tried to write down everything there is to know about food, nutrition, diet, and health in this one book, you’d have to add a new room onto your home just to store it because such a book would be enormous. So, in the interest of practicality, we give you a quick overview of nutrition, then jump right into the superfoods.
We do much more than just give you a list of healthful foods, though. We explain how you can benefit from adding superfoods to your diet and give you tips and how-tos for buying your superfoods. Then we tell you how to prepare them so they’ll continue to be super — no unhealthy cooking methods here — and how to serve them so they’ll be absolutely delicious.
Getting the Skinny on Superfoods
Part I is a primer on nutrition and superfoods. We start with the basics of good nutrition and then explain why you need superfoods. Superfoods can help you feel better now and reduce your risk for diseases — like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes — later. Part I also discusses the role of dietary supplements in a superfoods diet
From Apples to Wheat Grass: A Look at the Superfoods
Part II provides the nuts and bolts of the superfood machinery that can help you live a healthier life. The chapters in this part look closely at the foods that made it onto our superfoods list. We tell you why these foods are super and describe the research and science behind them. We also give you tips for finding, storing, and preparing them
Launching Your Superfoods Lifestyle
This is where the saying, “Actions speak louder than words,” becomes very important. In Part III, you discover how to take action and get superfoods into your lifestyle. We show you how to incorporate superfoods into your diet both at home and when you’re eating out. We give you tips on getting your family to hop on the superfoods bandwagon and offer advice on shopping for superfoods. We even include a chapter on growing your own superfoods.
Putting Superfoods on Your Table
This part is all about the eating. We show you the best ways to prepare superfoods (you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can become a superfoods chef). From breakfast to dinner, we share great superfood recipes for every meal. We even include snacks, side dishes, and desserts. With these easy recipes, there’s really no excuse for not adding superfoods to your culinary regimen.