Book: Joy Bauer’s Food Cures
Authors: Joy Bauer, MS, RD, CDN with Carol Svec
Price: $21.99
Type: Nutritional Reference Guide


Nutritionist Joy Bauer is well known as the nutrition expert for the Today Show. She recently came out with a reference guide, Joy Bauer’s Food Cures, a book devoted to “getting you healthier, look younger and add years to your life.” We were contacted by Bauer’s team to review the book and they generously sent us a second copy to give away to one of our readers (click here for details on the giveaway).


The book is divided into six sections: (1) Introduction to Joy Bauer and her health practice, (2) Losing Weight, (3) Looking Great which includes chapters on skin, hair and teeth, (4) Living Long & Strong – cardiovascular disease, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, vision, and memory, (5) Feeling Good – mood, migraine headaches, PMS, insomnia, irritable bowl syndrome, celiac disease, and cancer prevention, (6) Resources – reading labels, references. You can almost look at this guide as many little books in one, as each chapter stands on its own with basics, tips, food & shopping lists, FAQs, and recipes.

What we Loved:

The book is simple, easy to read, and Bauer’s advice feels very “do-able.” The list of ailments and diseases pretty much applies to the vast majority of people and most will walk away with some new-found knowledge. The book is large at 516 pages and is chocked full of vitamin and nutrient information on a huge variety of foods. While this may be obvious from the book title, we liked that Joy was not quick to point to supplements and instead list foods high in the desirable nutrient . There are plenty of FAQ sidebars in the book that we found interesting and enjoyed reading, questions like: “I keep hearing about different herbal remedies for my arthritis. How do I know which ones are worth trying?” or “Can diary food cause acne breakouts?” Bauer’s “cures” are not quick-fix diets but rather advice for truly changing the way you eat. The book focuses on preparing food from scratch, eating lots of fresh veggies, nuts, fatty fish and fruit. If you read the book from cover-to-cover, parts may feel a bit redundant (e.g. benefits of spinach, nuts, mentioned in multiple chapters), but we don’t see this as a downside since most will probably stick to the sections that they are personally interested in.

What we Didn’t Like:

While we agree with the majority of the advice in the book, we were hoping for a more progressive view on the usual “bad guy” suspects: saturated fat & full-fat dairy, cholesterol, and fatty meats. We are not fans of soft tub spreads, fat-free/reduced calorie foods, and canola oil, all of which are listed in the majority of the chapter’s shopping lists. Also, there is not a ton of information on food additives in the book. Bauer definitely advocates making food yourself to avoid unwanted ingredients, but with a few exceptions, doesn’t go into detail on why many food additives could be problematic for the body.

The Lowdown:

With so many people turning to drugs to cure our common ailments, it’s great to see mainstream folks pointing to nutrition as a cure. If you suffer from one or more of the ailments listed above ( in the overview), take a look at Bauer’s reference manual. Even if you are are perfectly healthy, there is a ton of information on specific foods such a veggies, fruits, fish etc. that we can all benefit from. If you buy it, just make sure to read up on saturated fat and low-fat dairy as it is our belief that most of us require more full fats in our diet, not less. Also, read those labels and watch for mystery food additives! Bonus: at the time we wrote this review, Amazon had the book listed on sale at $13.00. Want to win a copy? Click here for details on our giveaway of Joy Bauer’s Food Cures.


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Disclaimer: Be Food Smart was sent two complimentary copies of this book and was not compensated in any way for this product review.