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From The CriticsReviewer: Dale A. Schoeller, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Description: This book is a collection of reviews of lipid metabolism intended as a single source introduction to the study of the relationship between dietary lipids and health.
Purpose: The book provides up-to-date background information on lipid chemistry, nomenclature, lipid and lipoprotein analyses, and the physiological effects of oils and foods on human lipid metabolism as it relates to disorders of lipid metabolism.
Audience: The book is written for clinical nutritionists and clinical research personnel. The chapters progress in an organized mariner from basic laboratory methods to human studies of the physiological effects of dietary lipids as presented in coon foods.
Features: There are ample black-and-white figures and tables to support the text. The chapters, although generally brief, are well referenced. In addition, tables summarizing often different to locate information on the fatty acid, cholesterol and plant sterol content of foods and oils are included in an informative appendix section.
Assessment: The book provides a valuable review of the role of lipids as presented in common dietary sources on lipid metabolism and health. The topics are well organized with little overlap in an up-to-date manner that summarizes the results of a large number of human studies that are difficult to locate in a single source. The reviews, however, are relatively short, often at the expense of mechanistic details.