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The color code : a revolutionary eating plan for optimum health
Joseph, James A.
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First edition.
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New York : Hyperion, [2002]

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vi, 308 pages ; 25 cm
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RA784 .J678 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Color cures. That's the simple premise behind this revolutionary book. While we all know that healthy eating is the key to a long life, few people understand why the natural pigments that make fruits and vegetables so colourful can help protect your body, too.

Combining their expertise in aging and nutrition, a leading scientist and an outstanding physician show readers how to prevent the most common age-related illnesses through a simple multicolored eating plan. For generations, parents have been telling their children to eat their fruits and vegetables. This book finally tells us why. Most health and nutrition books present only one view--science, medicine, or nutrition. But The Color Code integrates all three to give readers a comprehensive understanding of the amazing health potential of pigmented foods.

Author Notes

James A. Joseph, Ph.D., is lead scientist and lab chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience of the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. He has held positions at the National Institutes of Health, and has won several grants and awards in the area of gerontology. He lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts
Daniel A. Nadeau, M.D., is clinical director of the Diabetes Center and Nutrition Support at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor and assistant professor at Tufts Medical School. He lives in Hampton, Maine
Anne Underwood is a reporter for Newsweek, where she has been writing about health and medicine issues for seventeen years. She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The very pigments that make produce so vibrant are often what make it so beneficial, say the authors to this guide to eating by the color wheel; the red in tomatoes may protect against prostate cancer, for instance, while the yellow in turmeric seems to help ward off colon cancer. Joseph, a lead scientist at the USDA Human Nutrition Center on Aging, and Nadeau, clinical director of a diabetes center and a Tufts assistant professor, have teamed up with Newsweek reporter Underwood to offer readers an encyclopedia of richly hued foods. After a brief overview (e.g., what the authors eat to stay healthy and "What Phytochemicals Mean to You"), the authors plunge into the foods themselves, offering the low-down on everything from apples to yams. Eat 9-10 servings of vegetables a day, keep a color counter and buy organic, the authors suggest; recipes such as Sweet Pepper Vegetarian Chili and Buckwheat Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce (blueberries are a "virtual storehouse of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds") round out the offerings in this accessible and encouraging paperback reprint. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

As scientists learn more about the disease-fighting compounds found in fruits and vegetables, it becomes clear that the more vibrantly colored the food, the more protection it may confer against specific diseases such as cancer, arthritis, and memory and vision loss pigment power, as it is called by the authors (Joseph is a lead scientist at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University). They recommend consuming nine to ten servings a day rather than the heavily promoted five-a-day, but the portions are small, and snacks and juices count. Libraries already owning David Heber's What Color Is Your Diet? (Regan Bks: HarperCollins, 2001) may not need to add this title, as both books cover substantially the same topic, with the exception of the nearly 80 recipes included here. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 Think Health--Think Color!p. 1
2 Redp. 28
3 Orange-Yellowp. 63
4 Greenp. 107
5 Blue-Purplep. 151
6 The Color Code Eating Programp. 180
7 The Truth in Black and Whitep. 212
8 The Color Code Recipesp. 218
Bibliographyp. 293
Indexp. 303