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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: At greater than 1,300 pages, this update of a research-based review of nutrition includes an impressive collection of topics, presenting readers with enough information to understand the current research on a wide range of nutrition topics. Since the previous edition of 2006, quite a bit of research has been published, and this new edition contains many updates and much new material. Of interest to me, the first edition was published in 1953, and it would be quite intriguing to compare the current edition to the original to see how far this field has come in over a half century.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an update on current research in nutrition. While it is an impressive book and it covers enough information in each chapter to give an overview of recent research, it is not meant as a comprehensive reference for those without a background in nutrition.
Audience: It is meant for upper level nutrition students and PhD students — readers who have a good understanding of basic nutrition. While it may not be appropriate for non-nutrition students, it certainly can be a helpful reference for all healthcare professionals. The authors are from around the world are well-respected researchers in their niches in the field of nutrition.
Features: The book covers the basic principles of nutrition (carbohydrates, protein, lipids, fiber) as well specific chronic conditions. Each chapter includes a summary, suggestions for further reading, and references, which are invaluable for readers interested in investigating further. In addition to the updates, this edition also includes some new, interesting topics: epigenetics, metabolomics, and sports nutrition. The chapter on metabolomics makes it clear what is really happening when it comes to molecular structure and function within the body. The book comes with access to a website where readers can obtain images and get updated information, although there were no updates when I checked. The diabetes section has an outdated table on insulin that does not include Apidra, a rapid-acting insulin that was brought to market in 2004. Another table does not include all the injectable medications for type 2 diabetes.
Assessment: While this book could be a little daunting at first because of its sheer size, it does provide up-to-date nutrition research information on a variety of topics and can be a useful reference for nutrition professionals and advanced practice healthcare professionals.