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101 questions about food and digestion that have been eating at you-- until now
Brynie, Faith Hickman, 1946-
Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Twenty-First Century Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
176 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Questions and answers explain the human digestive system and how it uses food for nutrition.
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QP141 .B884 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QP141 .B884 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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As in previous books in this critically acclaimed series, Brynie polled hundreds of high school students across the country to find out what they wanted to know most about food and digestion. Using an accessible question-and-answer format, Brynie helps readers discover and learn facts about the food and digestion. Brynie appealing and clear writing style makes learning about food and digestion as digestible as a chocolate cake.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. Brynie, who has discussed the brain, the immune system, the skin, and the circulatory system in other volumes from the 101 Questions series, now turns her attention to the digestive system. The question-and-answer format gives the presentation a light, approachable look, but the research behind the answers appears to be solid and thorough. Besides answering many questions about the structure and functioning of the digestive system, its diseases and disorders, food and health, food safety, and foods as medicines, Brynie includes one featured essay in each of the five chapters. These explore such diverse topics as "mad cow" disease, fat cells, and the medicinal value of chicken soup. The book ends with informative tables on vitamins, minerals, nutritional deficiency diseases, and popular herbal supplements, followed by extensive source notes and a glossary, a bibliography, and lists of Web sites and of agencies and organizations concerned with food, nutrition, and health. Presenting solid research with a lively writing style, this book provides a great deal of information and sound advice on the topic. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-Each chapter in this informative presentation consists of about 20 questions and answers plus an article on a related topic. Queries (printed in red type) are generally answered in a few paragraphs but responses to a number of questions are longer. Metabolism, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, cholesterol, fiber, fast food, milk, vegetarianism, vegetables, unusual eating behaviors, nutritional diseases, cancer, organic food, fluoride, and world hunger are among the topics covered. Black-and-white charts, diagrams, and photos complement the text. Readers will find diagrams of the hydrolysis process, the human digestion system, Type 2 diabetes, and sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy procedures. Charts note the energy density of selected foods, sources of sugar in the American diet, and the pros and cons of the genetic modification. Back matter includes tables of vitamins and minerals, nutritional deficiency diseases, and some herbal supplements. Despite a few typographical/and or spelling errors, this is a fine addition to most collections.-Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.