"Good quality dark chocolate is not unhealthy and makes a pleasant dessert…it has an acceptable fat content and protective phytochemicals with antioxidant activity." Does this sound too good to be true? Dr. Weil explains his rationale for this statement in his section on basic human nutrition, and also describes the nutrients that our bodies need for good health. He shares his views on weight control and his concerns about some popular weight loss diets. One of the principles of diet and health emphasized by Dr. Weil is "food that is healthy and food that gives pleasure are not mutually exclusive." Sample recipes follow these principles and will help people to get started on any dietary changes they decide to make.
A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Weil has the credentials to write about health topics and the skill to present the nutritional information in an understandable style. He makes it clear to readers which information is backed by scientific research and which information is his opinion. Several useful appendices provide a summary of his recommendations, answers to common questions, and additional notes. Dr. Weil has authored several other books, including Spontaneous Healing and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health.
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