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Old 08-08-2012, 06:50 AM   #1
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Nutrition books

Recommend me some nutrition books. I'm not talking paleo or any type of biased anything books, but more text book types. I know enough about nutrition to keep myself healthy and tell people what to eat if they ask, but I'd like to know more of the science behind everything.
I took the only nutrition class the community colleges around here offer and it wasn't very in depth and I can't afford a university right now, but I'd still like to learn all I can. So this is the next best thing.

Darryl Shaw, with all the studies you post, I'm expecting you to have some good suggestions.

Also if anyone doesn't have books, but articles and stuff like that, anything is appreciated.

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Old 08-08-2012, 02:25 PM   #2
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Re: Nutrition books

Essentials of Human Nutrition - Jim Mann & Stewart Truswell. -- If I had to pick one book it would be this. It's comprehensive, contains all the science you'll ever need, and unlike most textbooks on the subject it's written in plain English. Also many chapters are written by specialists in that particualar field, so for example the chapter on sports nutrition is written by Louise Burke of the Australian Institute of Sport. You can read the chapter on cardiovascular disease from the third edtion here which should give you an idea of the approach the books takes.

Human Nutrition: A Health Perspective - Mary E. Barasi. -- This contains the same information as Essentials of Human Nutrition but it's a very dry, academic text so it's not quite as accessible to the layman. It's also worth noting that this is based on UK dietary recommendations which are slightly different than US recommendations. Also, I believe there's a new edition due out later this year, so given that this was published ten years ago it's probably worth waiting for the revised edition.

Fundamentals of Human Nutrition: for Students and Practitioners in the Health Sciences - Catherine Geissler BDS MS PhD RNutr. This is a bare bones version of a more comprehensive textbook which I don't have. Although it's quite comprehensive and information is presented in a very clear, concise manner I'd only recommend this if you already have a good working knowledge of the subject.

Oxford Handbook of Nutrition and Dietetics - Joan Gandy, Angela Madden, Michelle Holdsworth. -- This is a pocket reference book for doctors, dietitians, and other health care professionals. It's incredibly useful if you need to do some quick fact checking but it's not one for lay readers as it only provides basic facts.

Fox & Cameron's Food Science, Nutrition and Health - Michael E. J. Lean. -- This takes a slightly different approach as it's main focus is on food science and health rather than nutrition and physiology. So, although it's an excellent book, it may not be quite what you're looking for so I'd check if your library has a copy you can take a look at before buying it.

Nutrition in Clinical Practice: A Comprehensive, Evidence-Based Manual for the Practitioner, 2nd Edition - David L. Katz. -- This is written specifically for clinicians and is definitely not one for the lay reader. I only mention it because it's the only book of it's type I know of that takes into account paleolithic nutrition. Indeed the author devotes an entire chapter to the topic of evolutionary biology and references S. Boyd Eatons' work in a number of other chapters.

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Old 08-09-2012, 06:27 AM   #3
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Re: Nutrition books

That's very helpful and exactly what I was looking for. Thank you.
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Re: Nutrition books

SPORT NUTRITION by Jeukendrup & Gleeson

very good resource written by 2 reputable PhD's in the field.
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