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It is well known that fats, proteins, and carbohydrates are all energy-yielding nutrients that influence health and physical performance. Yet many recreational, collegiate, and professional athletes still consume more fats, saturated fats, and cholesterol than is recommended, as well as inappropriate amounts of proteins. What is needed is a nuts and bolts reference to guide athletes, coaches, and trainers to make educated choices when designing a diet to yield optimal performance.

Sports Nutrition: Fats and Proteins is an up-to-date compilation of critical reviews on the influence of dietary and supplemental fats and proteins on physical performance. Each chapter is written by a recognized scientist with notable expertise in the area of fat or protein as it relates to exercise and sports. It provides a detailed introduction to sports nutrition with an emphasis on the influence of fats and proteins. Covering the quantity and types of fats that effect performance and health, the book includes a general chapter on total fats, saturated fats, and cholesterol, as well as chapters on specific supplements including omegas-3 and -6, medium-chain triglycerides, conjugated linoleic acid, wheat germ oil, and octacosonol. The book also focuses on proteins and the amounts, types, and combinations of selected supplements and their role in performance. Well-researched articles analyze whey, soy, and casein proteins; select amino acids such as creatine, glutamine, and branched-chain; and other beneficial supplements. The book concludes with a discussion of recommended intakes of the energy-yielding nutrients and, more importantly, recommended proportions of carbohydrates to fats to proteins.

Armed with the valuable information found in Sports Nutrition: Fats and Proteins, sports nutritionists, fitness professionals, researchers, and the well-informed layman can create and tailor the appropriate diet to help them and others maximize performance and reach their highest potential.

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Reviewer: Jamie A. Cooper, MS (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Description: This book provides information about how fats, proteins, and select protein supplements impact physical performance.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide information about how these nutrients may or may not be beneficial for physical performance. Proper nutrition and macronutrient intake is an essential component for optimal physical performance and this book provides scientific and research-based information that is essential for people interested in the sports nutrition field.
Audience: According to the editor, this book is intended to provide information for professionals in sports medicine, fitness, and sports nutrition, as well as researchers, students, dietitians, and other health practitioners. While there is useful information for athletes and coaches, the scientific nature of this book makes it more appropriate for researchers and those in a health or science-related profession.
Features: This book focuses on different types of fats and proteins and some supplements. For each type of nutrient, the authors address the digestion, absorption, and function in the body. In addition, published research and literature is used to examine how these nutrients affect physical performance in terms of aerobic capacity and endurance and muscle mass and strength. Finally, they provide recommendations for amount and timing of nutrient intake to obtain optimal physical performance. While some supplements are covered, this book is not designed as a supplement guide for the many ergogenic aids available on the market today.
Assessment: While some of the nutrients covered do not appear to have a huge impact on physical performance, this book does provide a comprehensive overview of any beneficial or negative impact the nutrients may have on physical performance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849390791
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to Sports Nutrition: Fats and Proteins, J.J.B. Anderson
Total Fats, Saturated Fats, and Cholesterol, H.E. Rasmussen and J.Y. Lee
Medium-Chain Triglycerides, W. E. Billon
Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids, K.R. Lora and N. M. Lewis
Conjugated Linoleic Acid, C.G. Koster and M.A. Belury
Octacosanol and Wheat Germ Oil, S.H. Mitmesser
Protein: Quantity and Quality, M.A. Tarnopolsky and B.W. Timmons
Whey, Casein, and Soy Proteins, B.S. Snyder and M.D. Haub
Creatine, R.B. Kreider
Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate, C.G.R. Jackson
Carnitine, S.A. Chelland-Campbell and R.J. Moffatt
β-Hydroxy-β-Methylbutyrate, S.L. Nissen
Branched-Chain Amino Acids, M.Gleeson
Glutamine, S.S. Jonnalagadda
Other Individual Amino Acids, N.F. Spruce and C.A. Titchenal
Recommended Intakes of the Energy-Yielding Nutrients
Recommended Proportions of Carbohydrates to Fats to Proteins in Diets, H.C. Lukaski

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