Introduction

The American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide has been created for you as a practical, up-to-date resource for healthful eating and active living. From cover to cover, you'll see how smart eating— combined with physical activity—promotes your personal wellness. As important, you'll learn how healthful eating and flavor go hand in hand. And you'll learn how to take steps to customize healthful eating and active living choices—for you!

Now in its third edition, this reference for your personal health reflects the most updated, science-based advice for the American public. That includes the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the fully updated Dietary Reference Intakes, and MyPyramid.

To offer solutions for your everyday eating dilemmas, this book is filled with practical advice—whatever your lifestyle or needs. From weight control to heart-healthy eating . . . supermarket shopping to eating out . . . food safety to kitchen nutrition . . . vegetarian eating to sports nutrition, handling food sensitivities, or other food-related health issues, you'll find many tips for ease, convenience, and good taste. Look for today's "hot" food issues, too: healthy weight, phytonutrients, foods with more benefits than from nutrients alone, dietary supplements, and food biotechnology, among others.

As your complete resource on nutrition, you can refer to this book again and again at every age and stage of your life—from choosing the healthiest baby food or feeding a child or teen, to dealing with the unique nutrition needs in a woman's life or the challenges of aging. It's also filled with advice for preventing, slowing, or dealing with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other common food-related health problems. This book is meant for you, and for all those you care about . . . perhaps a child, spouse, companion, aging parent, or friend.

For your personal nutrition "checkup," you'll find opportunities to assess your own everyday food choices. Start in chapter 1 with "Looking for 'Healthy Solutions'?" to identify your personal eating challenges. For more information, each question refers you to in-depth answers throughout the book. In fact, in almost every chapter, "Your Nutrition Checkup" gives you a close-up look at your own food decisions.

Whenever nutrition makes the news (print, television, radio, or online), this book can help you judge the headlines and separate sound fact from fad. Its food and nutrition advice comes from the American Dietetic Association, the authority the United States turns to for food and nutrition advice, with more than ninety years of nutrition expertise and research.

American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide

With questions posed to nutrition experts—in part through the American Dietetic Association's Knowledge Center—thousands of consumers have helped shape the focus and content of the American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide. We hope the answers to their food and nutrition questions will also answer many of yours. And we hope you'll find practical, positive ways to take simple steps to your own and your family's good health!

Read, enjoy, be active, and eat healthy . . . for life!

Roberta Larson Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS

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