Nutrition: Eat It

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Meet Your Mentor

Carol Ann Rinzler

What She Does: Carol is the author of more than 20 (yes, 20) books on nutrition and health. They include Nutrition for Dummies, Controlling Cholesterol for Dummies, Weight Loss Kit for Dummies, The New Complete Book of Food, The Book of Chocolate, and the pioneering Estrogen and Breast Cancer: A Warning to Women. She is the nutrition columnist for the New York Daily News and frequently writes articles on health, food, and diet for a number of newspapers and magazines.

Why She Does It: "I love explaining scientific issues in ways that ordinary human beings can understand. I choose to write about subjects I want to know more about myself -- partially because I'm the kind of person who can't rest until I understand an issue and get my questions answered. I'll never be 'done' with nutrition, because we are at the very beginning of our understanding of the subject. I've updated Nutrition for Dummies three times, and once a year in the New York Daily News, I do an 'Oops!' column of nutrition bloopers. The great thing is that with what we do know about nutrition, you can do a great deal to make your life more adventurous and fun. You can learn about your body, your history, and your culture."

Word from the Wise: "What you eat says a great deal about you -- whether you are adventurous, what allergies and conditions you may have, and quite a bit about your genetic makeup. When George H.W. Bush said he hated broccoli, he might have been letting us know that he has the gene that makes some people sensitive to one of the flavor chemicals -- phenylthiocarbamide -- in cruciferous veggies. And food is an incredible adventure, a continuing journey of self-discovery."

Continued on page 3:  Badge Steps


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