Book Review: The Best Things You Can Eat

by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on March 13, 2013

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Today is Registered Dietitian (RD) Day! March is National Nutrition Month and the 13th is dedicated to us RDs. The theme this year is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.”

On today of all days, I wanted to highlight a registered dietitian’s work. Not too long ago, I received David Grotto’s book: The Best Things You Can Eat: For Everything from Aches to Zzzz, the Definitive Guide to the Nutrition-Packed Foods That Energize, Heal, and Help You Look Great. I met David Grotto through our blogging together on WebMD’s Real Life Nutrition. He is an entertaining speaker, an awesome writer and knows his stuff when it comes to nutrition. His other books include 101 Optimal Life Foods and 101 Food that Could Save Your Life.

This book simplifies all things nutrition. Grotto has gone to the trouble of researching the best foods for all the vitamins, minerals and fats along with digestion, prevention of a variety of chronic diseases, anti-aging, mood and even keeping bad breath away. This is a great reference book to have!

Grotto delivers the information in an organized manner (something very important to me when it comes to books), with a good dose of humor and interesting facts. For example, he points out that “Kiwi was originally known as the Chinese gooseberry until Norman Sondag, an American importer, remarked how closely the fruit resembled the new Zealand Kiwi Bird” and that “rubbing banana peel on your skin helps repel mosquitoes.”

He also presents Shocker Foods — surprising facts about the food you eat such as chocolate helping to boost UV protection. I particularly like his chapter on “Hearty” foods and he provides lists of foods to help lower cholesterol, increase HDL and lower triglycerides. He even lists out “best fruits” and “best nuts” — there’s a lot to learn about everyday foods that pack a nutritional punch.

What I admire about The Best Things You Can Eat is it doesn’t dumb down nutrition information but it doesn’t make it too complicated either. It’s the perfect mix of facts, fun and readability. Even the most knowledgeable person about nutrition will learn something new from this book and be able to use it as a resource.

So to celebrate national nutrition month, I wanted to give this little gem of a book away as I was given two complementary copies!

Here’s what you need to do to enter:

1) Mandatory entry: Leave a comment saying why you’d like to win this book.

2) For a second entry: Join our Fearless Feeding Community (LIKE) on Facebook and leave a comment here saying you did. If you already like us, you can tell a friend about it.

3) For a third entry “Like” or tweet this page. Again, leave another comment.

One winner will be chosen using The winners will be announced on Raise Healthy Eater’s Facebook Page. This giveaway ends next Wednesday, March 20 5th, at midnight.

You must be 18 to enter. Products shipped within the US only.

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Amy March 13, 2013 at 10:01 am

Your description makes me want to win this book. I like fun facts along with good data.

Fat Bob March 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

A whole book full of things like “chocolate helps with UV protection”? Are these things actually true? Am I correct that the chocolate thing has one study behind it?

Leslie March 13, 2013 at 11:35 am

Because you can never learn enough about nutrition!!!

Suzanne March 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

I’d love to win a copy of this book because I’m always looking for holistic ways to treat common problems. I don’t shun western medicine by any means, but it’s always nice to know if there is an alternative.
I love the new website by the way!!!!

Suzanne March 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

I liked this page on facebook.

Amy (super healthy kids) March 13, 2013 at 11:44 am

I want to win! Right now I am on a big kick to promote foods to include in your kids diet! I am kind of getting tired of all the buzz around forbidden foods. This book sounds perfect for that reason!

Lisa Freeze March 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I NEED this book! I am a mom to 3 boys under the age if 7 and we are in some bad food ruts right now. I am daily battling guilt that I am not giving them the best food-wise… But, yeah , there’s lots of “buts” ie: they’re so picky, I’m not a good cook, I don’t want to fight with them, I’m a vegetarian, hubs is a picky meat& potatoes and all things “white”, baby only has a few teeth, etc etc! I’d love to read this book, and see a RD prob too wouldn’t hurt! :)

Lisa Freeze March 13, 2013 at 12:40 pm

I just “liked” fearless feeding on FB!

Laurie March 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I’d like to win this book for several reasons…my youngest daughter has Prader-Willi Syndrome (the only known genetic syndrome for obesity – and for more info) and we need to make our foods as nutrient dense as possible since she is allowed so few calories. In addition to the food being nutrient dense, it also needs to be/is our medicine. What she eats determines her bowel motility, her behavior, her energy levels, her cognitive ability. It’s overwhelming with the wide variety of information out there to sort it all out.
Not only that, but currently in my household I’m feeding a diabetic grandparent, an underweight and picky six year old, and in a year, a deployed husband coming home who wants to eat normally. The more I know about food the better able I am to help my family.

Laurie March 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

As for the facebook entry… :) I’ve *liked* your page for a very long time. Love it, in fact.

The tweeting will have to wait for another day. No tweet account and no plans for one.

Stefanie March 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I have a growing family to feed. I like facts.

Stefanie March 13, 2013 at 12:52 pm

And now I like it on Facebook.

Karen D. March 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm

I want to learn what the best fruits and veggies are!

Starr W March 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm

I’d like to win this book because I would rather base my “nutritional medicine” on nutrition facts and not homeopathic remedies that are not medically sound.

Sandy K March 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I have several health issues and my grandkids are living with me. I could really use the information in this book.

Erin M March 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I would love to win this book! I am always looking for good information about food and nutrition.

angie r March 13, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Sounds like a great read! I’m currently trying to change our lifestyle by getting away from the standard American diet. I want to make sure that I am feeding our kids the best foods possible!

DeAnne Williams March 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm

This sounds like the perfect book for my family. I want to start healthy habits for my twins so they will have all the advantages of a healthy diet. I joined the Fearless Community on Facebook!!

Shalva March 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm

As a school nurse and mom of a toddler who is passionate about good food and nutrition, I would love to win (and read) this book! Thanks for a great blog and such great meal ideas!

Shalva March 13, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Liked your Fearless Feeding fb page, too!

Amaris Kohl March 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I’m a dietitian too! Sounds like this would be a great resource. I’ve always thought you and I were like-minded, professionally!

Amaris Kohl March 13, 2013 at 6:53 pm

I joined Fearless Feeding too :)

Amanda March 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm

This book sounds wonderful!! I am always looking to be further educated on food and having it laid out in a conversational manner like this sounds great and memorable for those moments when you’re staring down the fridge. I’m always trying to feed my son, husband and myself well and have been struggling lately with my 3 year old’s pickiness, my southern husband’s predilection for fried foods and heavy meats and my mom (who watches my son two days a week) and her catering to my son’s food demands PLUS staying true to my veggie leanings! Sounds like this book will give me some concrete ammo in all of those conversations :)

Amanda March 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm

And I joined Fearless Feeding!

Ilene Segar March 13, 2013 at 9:28 pm

“The Best Things You Can Eat” sounds like just the kind of book I’m looking for. My husband is recovering from a very severe liver injury (one doc thinks from too much tumeric spice for his arthritis, and the other thinks from switch to a new statin). His is on the road to recovery, but lost 10 pounds in the process. Total recovery is in question and the condition is not one that responds to medication. I’ve been trying to feed him as healthily as I know how to try to heal his liver, but my knowledge is limited. Couldn’t get in with a nutritionist till the middle of April. The book would be a big help.

Thanks for the opportunity to try to win the book (we don’t do Face Book or tweet).

Dorinda March 13, 2013 at 9:37 pm

As a mother of two (2 yrs and 4 months) and one who has always made my own baby food, I’d love to have a copy not only to keep our duet as healthy as possible, but also to know why we’re eating what we are! Thanks!

Dorinda March 13, 2013 at 9:38 pm

And I joined Fearless Feeding. :)

Angela C. March 14, 2013 at 5:29 am

I want this book!! I am always looking for new ideas to feed my two kids, and my 4 year old son is giving me lately a hard time with the meals.

Angela C. March 14, 2013 at 5:30 am

I liked your fearless feeding page on facebook too!

Debbie March 14, 2013 at 9:45 am

I’d love to win this book, because I like the idea of eating healthy food to help you with certain ailments, rather than just taking medicine anytime you want to fix or prevent something.

Debbie March 14, 2013 at 9:45 am

I like Fearless Feeding on Facebook.

Debbie March 14, 2013 at 9:46 am

I “like” this page.

Miranda March 14, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Liked you on FB

Miranda March 14, 2013 at 5:03 pm

liked this page

Miranda March 14, 2013 at 5:03 pm

this book sounds like a fun way to get ideas to try new things

Sara--Mac Kid Chicago March 14, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Really working on cleaning up my family’s diet. This book would help!

Sara--Mac Kid Chicago March 14, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Liked on FB.

Lauren March 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I’d like to win this book because I have a lot of mouths to feed and bodies to grow healthy – #5 is due next month!

Lauren March 15, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I joined the Fearless Feeding Community on Facebook!

Caitlin H March 17, 2013 at 9:34 am

I am a 21-year-old recent graduate about to go back to school for my second bachelor’s degree while working a full-time job. I would love to win this book because I’m going to need all the help I can get to keep myself alive and well :)

Robin from Frugal Family Times March 18, 2013 at 7:09 am

It looks like a wonderful resource. A nutrition book with a sense of humor?! Can’t say I’ve run across one of those in my career so far. For that reason (and all the others you listed!) I’m intrigued…

Lynn March 19, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I would like to win this book because I can learn from it. P.S. RDDay was the 13th.

Lynn March 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Liked the fearless feeding page on facebook.

Lynn March 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Liked the Raise Healthy Eaters facebook page.

Erica March 19, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Would love to hear more about this book! Thanks for sharing!

Becca H. March 22, 2013 at 7:49 pm

I’d love to win this book because I just had my first child and am striving to fuel myself with the best nutrition to pass on to her through breastfeeding.

Becca H. March 22, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I like and follow fearless feeding on facebook :)

Becca H. March 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I’ve liked this page :)

susan March 22, 2013 at 11:30 pm

I would love to love this book as it sounds like it would help me.

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