Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal

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Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal

Reader’s Digest Presents Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal

 Featuring the Best and Worst Choices to Treat Your Ailments Naturally


(MediaQuire) NEW YORK, NY –  Concerned that your diet is making a chronic health condition worse? Confused about whether you should go low-carb or low-fat? How do you eat to beat the flu? Wondering whether wine or beer is healthier? The all-new Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal sets the record straight on the healing power of foods.

“This is a complete guide on what to eat – and what to avoid – for everyday ailments, long-term conditions and overall health concerns,” said Courtenay Smith, Executive Editor, Reader’s Digest. “Some people may be surprised to learn that a food that’s generally healthy may still be a bad choice for them if they take a certain medication or are at risk for a family illness. Foods That Harm, Foods That Healis based on the newest health and nutrition research to uncover the vital link between your health and the food you eat.”

Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal, available now for $19.99 at and wherever books are sold,examines and helps consumers discover the crucial connections between diet and chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and other serious illnesses, as well as the impact of food on stress, insomnia and other common complaints. 

Divided into three sections, Foods That Harm, Foods That Healoffers a fresh menu for better living:

  • Nutrition: This section examines the real deal on all the ways foods can help – or hinder – your health, breaking down the details on nutrition, food safety and eating to heal. Special features include a deep dive into the potential dangers of pesticides and other chemicals, a look at genetically modified crops, prebiotics and probiotics, dietary supplements and if you really need them, organic foods and if they are worth the cost, eating fast food on the run, the best cooking methods, and dietary restrictions such as dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free.
  • Foods: The second section offers an A-Z guide to more than 175 foods that harm and heal – from acorn squash to zucchini – plus simple ways to eat, cook and store each one to maximize its healing potential. Special features include a look at caffeine, eating healthy while traveling, super foods and if they live up to the hype, and the best ways to beat your cravings.
  • Ailments:A condition-by-condition guide to what you should eat – and avoid – to prevent or treat 100 ailments, from acne to ADHD, depression to diabetes, the cold and flu, food poisoning to fever, PMS, menopause, stress and several other diseases. Additional features include a description of the glycemic index and how to use it, warnings about medicine and food interactions, and a look at special nutrition needs during pregnancy and breastfeeding, infancy and childhood, and your senior years.

“With a whirlwind of conflicting health stories in the news, Reader’s Digest offers consumers an easy-to-use, one-stop source to find out if what you are eating is making you better or worse,” said Smith.

The first edition of this pioneering guide, published in 1997, changed the way consumers view food and its impact on their bodies. More than seven million copies of the book have been sold worldwide since then, and interest in food as medicine has only grown as researchers continue to discover the crucial connections between diet and chronic conditions. The 2013 edition has been entirely reformatted to make it easier to find the facts one needs at-a-glance. Along with a wealth of updated entries, the just-released edition includes fresh special features and sidebars filled with the latest authoritative and practical advice on a fresh menu for better living.

Let food be your medicine, and let Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal be your prescription.


Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal

Pub date:  December 27, 2012

ISBN:  978-1-62145-001-6


Available now at and wherever books are sold.

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