Quinn on Nutrition: Books that make for appetizing holiday gifts

November 16, 2015

No doubt about it. Nutrition remains a hot topic, even when all we want to think about is pumpkin pie and egg nog. What better gift for this holiday season. Here’s a few ideas from reputable sources:

"1001 Delicious Recipes for People with Diabetes, 3rd edition," Edited by Sue Spitler, Linda Eugene, RD (Registered Dietitian), CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) and Linda Yoakam, MS (Master’s degree in nutrition), RD., Surrey Books, 2015, $20.99. Redesigned and reformatted with the help of registered dietitians, this cookbook covers the basics for those with diabetes. Each recipe, from appetizers to desserts, includes a nutrition breakdown, including calories, protein, fat, carbs, cholesterol and sodium. Vegetarian options and diabetic exchanges are also included.

"Quinn-Essential Nutrition: The Uncomplicated Science of Eating," By Barbara Quinn, MS, RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist), CDE, Westbow Press, 2015, $24.95. Might as well blow my own horn, yes? If you enjoy this weekly column, this book will give you updates and current research on more than 100 nutrition topics in an easy-to-digest manner. Chapters cover normal- and special-occasion eating, diabetes, weight loss, as well as fun topics and controversial nutrition issues. One hidden bonus: the recipe for Grandmother Quinn’s Irish soda bread.

"Gut Balance Revolution," By Gerard E. Mullin, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, John’s Hopkins University School of Medicine, Rodale, 2015, $26.99. This book addresses ways for us to "weed, seed and feed your inner garden" to prevent "dysbiosis" — an imbalance of gut microbes. And with a title like Director of Integrative Gastroenterology Services at John Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Mullin should know what he’s talking about. Based on valid research, Mullin describes the top 10 Superfoods to balance our guts including eggs which he says are "superprotein" foods, chia seeds, cinnamon, berries, green tea (he recommends 2 to 3 cups of caffeinated green tea daily), ginger, avocado for its high amounts of anti-inflammatory fats, quinoa and whey protein, a lactose-free milk protein that is especially high in a branched chain amino acid that can help preserve our fat burning muscle tissue. It also includes research and recommendations on dietary supplements, their proposed actions and reported adverse effects.

"The Whole Bowl: Gluten-free, Dairy-Free Soups and Stews," By Rebecca Wood and Leda Scheintaub, Countryman Press, 2015, $16.95. A sweet little book of uncomplicated recipes for the gluten-free dairy-free person on your gift list. Features pictures of the final product.with recipes from broths to creamy to extra hearty stews.

"The Gene Therapy Plan," By Michell L. Gaynor, MD, Penguin Group, New York, 2015, $27.95 We can’t change the genes we’re born with, says Dr. Gaynor, but over the course of our lives — through specific foods and nutrients — we can influence how those genes are expressed. This book presents valid evidence that continues to explore the fascinating world of epigenetics: the study of how genes are turned on or off by our daily habits and how that influences our health.

Let the shopping begin.




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