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From The CriticsReviewer: Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This update of an all-encompassing book on the many aspects of nutrition in the population comes eight years after the 10th edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an updated, comprehensive, and authoritative text and reference source. Covering as many topics as it does, it meets the authors' objectives.
Audience: While the authors do not specifically identify their audience, it is likely they have their sights set high. Since their goal is to provide a comprehensive resource, they most likely expect this book to be for healthcare professionals already working with patients. Since it covers such a wide range of topics, it does not get too specific in one area. With that mind, this may not be appropriate for nutrition majors or dietitians, but it would be a good choice for non-nutrition professionals. The authors are PhD dietitians and MDs in nutrition research, and are certainly credible authorities.
Features: The book covers a lot of territory in its five parts: specific dietary components; nutrition roles in integrated biologic systems; nutrition needs and assessment during the life cycle; prevention and management of disease; and nutrition of populations. Within these broad topics, quite a few interesting chapters cover newer material, such as functional foods and nutraceuticals, probiotics and prebiotics, and the evolving science of dietary supplements. Each chapter includes an outline of topics, listing the page number for easy navigation, as well as references and suggested readings. In the chapter on diabetes, there is some outdated information regarding diabetes standards of care and medical nutrition guidelines. The functional foods chapter covers a lot of ground as well, helping readers understand the benefits of functional foods with a very helpful table of foods with their potential benefits.
Assessment: While this book isn't as in-depth as many other nutrition books available, it does have many merits. It would be a great reference for non-nutrition professionals to give them the basics about a wide variety of topics. This is a substantial book, and it could be seen as a one-stop reference for those looking for key information.