How Food Works

Book Description

An easy-to-understand visual guide to the facts of food and nutrition.

A nutritionist in a book that explains key concepts about food and what makes it good or bad for you, How Food Works brings the science of food to life. Through a highly visual approach that uses bold infographics, explore the good, the bad, the confusing, and the trending world of food. Discover what an antioxidant is, find out what a superfood does to your body, and learn why it is dangerous to reheat rice.

Covering a wide variety of topics, from dieting to gluten intolerance, How Food Works debunks common food myths, explains nutrition, covers the food groups, and looks into organic vs. processed foods. Follow the history of food production and free-range farming, how food is transported, and what "sell by" dates really mean.

How Food Works is a completely comprehensive guide that will help readers understand the underlying biological effects of everyday foods through scientific evaluation, revealing the powers of different types of food and drinks.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
    1. Our diet history 8
    2. FOOD FUNDAMENTALS
      1. Nutrition basics 12
      2. Hunger and appetite 14
      3. Flavor 16
      4. Smell and taste 18
      5. Digesting nutrients 20
      6. Carbohydrates 22
      7. Fiber 24
      8. Protein 26
      9. Fats 28
      10. Cholesterol 30
      11. Vitamins 32
      12. Minerals 34
      13. Water 36
      14. Convenience foods 38
      15. Whole foods 40
      16. Too much or too little? 42
    3. STORING AND COOKING
      1. How fresh is fresh? 46
      2. Preservation 48
      3. Chilling and freezing 50
      4. Fermentation 52
      5. Raw foods 54
      6. Food processing 56
      7. Additives 58
      8. Cooking 60
      9. How food cooks 62
      10. Safe cooking 64
    4. TYPES OF FOOD
      1. Red meat 68
      2. White meat 70
      3. Cuts of meat 72
      4. Processed meats 74
      5. Meat substitutes 76
      6. Fish 78
      7. Shellfish 80
      8. Eggs 82
      9. Milk and lactose 84
      10. Yogurt and live cultures 86
      11. Cheese 88
      12. Starchy foods 90
      13. Grains 92
      14. Bread 94
      15. Noodles and pasta 96
      16. Gluten 98
      17. Beans, peas, and pulses 100
      18. Soy 102
      19. Potatoes 104
      20. Fruit and vegetables 106
      21. Superfoods 108
      22. Phytochemicals 110
      23. Leafy vegetables 112
      24. Brassicas 114
      25. Root vegetables 116
      26. The onion family 118
      27. Vegetable fruits 120
      28. Sweet fruits 122
      29. Mushrooms and fungi 124
      30. Nuts and seeds 126
      31. Chilies and other hot foods 128
      32. Spices 130
      33. Herbs 132
      34. Salt 134
      35. Fats and oils 136
      36. Sugar 138
      37. Sugar highs and lows 140
      38. Desserts 142
      39. Chocolate 144
      40. Sweets 146
      41. Alternative foods 148
    5. DRINKS
      1. Drinking water 152
      2. Coffee 154
      3. Tea 156
      4. Fruit juice and smoothies 158
      5. Carbonated drinks 160
      6. Energy drinks 162
      7. Alcohol 164
      8. Spirits 166
      9. Alcohol and the body 168
      10. Wine 170
      11. Beer 172
    6. DIETS
      1. Balanced diet 176
      2. Do we need supplements? 178
      3. Eating patterns 180
      4. Western diets 182
      5. Eastern diets 184
      6. Religious and ethical diets 186
      7. Vegetarians and vegans 188
      8. Energy budget 190
      9. Diet and exercise 192
      10. Calorie counting 194
      11. Low-carb diets 196
      12. High-fiber diet 198
      13. Intermittent fasting 200
      14. Detoxing 202
      15. Popular diets 204
      16. Allergies 206
      17. Intolerances 208
      18. Exclusion diets 210
      19. Diet and blood pressure 212
      20. Heart disease and stroke 214
      21. Diabetes 216
      22. Cancer, osteoporosis, and anemia 218
      23. What to eat during pregnancy 220
      24. Babies and children 222
      25. Eating disorders 224
    7. FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT
      1. Feeding the world 228
      2. Intensive or organic? 230
      3. Factory farmed or free-range? 232
      4. Fair trade 234
      5. Food fraud 236
      6. Food waste 238
      7. Food miles 240
      8. Genetically modified foods 242
      9. Overfishing and sustainable fishing 244
      10. Future foods 246
    8. 248 INDEX (1/2)
    9. 248 INDEX (2/2)
    10. 256 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Product Information

  • Title: How Food Works
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: May 2018
  • Publisher(s): DK Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781465478115