By Linda McDonald, M.S., R.D.
Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., $6.99, 594 pages
We are all interested, at least casually, of the dietary makeup of foods we eat. Any foods sold in our country have labels to give us nutrition facts and most people regularly scrutinize these labels. Those on a diet or, need to be careful with certain ingredients because of some health restrictions, unfailingly read those labels. This third edition of Quick Check Food Facts simple provides us with similar information in one single compact volume. The foods are listed in groups of ten (Grains, Vegetables, Fruits, etc.) and within each group they are subdivided further to help you quickly find what you are looking for. They are listed as serving sizes. For each serving size you find the amount of calories, total fat and saturated fat (in grams), cholesterol, carbohydrate, fiber, sugar, protein and sodium (in milligrams or grams). At the end of the book the same information is listed for food items served in eighteen restaurant chains. The book is conveniently pocket size paperback you can carry with you. A similar volume (Food Values) written for food professionals also gives a complete alphabetic listing of foods that would be nice to have in this book.
Reviewed by George Erdosh