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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.