For those who believe healthy eating means putting on a hair shirt and sprouting their own mung beans, this handbook will prove them wrong. Outlining the 100 best foods to maintain good health and stay young, this informative, comprehensive guide explains how being naughty but nice can also be healthy.A food book with a twist, it dispels the myths surrounding forbidden foods such as wine, cheese, and chocolate—the latter of which oozes vital nutrients—and the humble peanut, which helps control cholesterol levels, fight diabetes, and protect against heart disease. It highlights good food with a bad reputation—including wine, cheese, and even french fries—showing that the "food police" who try to take all the pleasure out of eating are wrong and that enjoyment is the key to good health.
Also included are foods that boost immunity, energy, and fertility, fight stress, prevent aging, and help through pregnancy and menopause as well as a section on healing foods for allergies and illness. From showing how avocados are the essential skin food to explaining why beer is one of the healthiest tonics for women, this guide proves that being passionate about food is the first step toward healthy living.