This week, our Resource List of the Week focuses on Nutrition. Before starting, let’s give a definition to this topic.
What is Nutrition?
According to the MedicineNet, Nutrition can be defined as
“The process of taking in food and using it for growth, metabolism, and repair. ”
To better understand the subject, we suggest you read the following titles and resources.
1. Human Nutrition – Geissler, C. Powers, H.
This text provides an authoritative, comprehensive resource for students of human nutrition and other health sciences, Also, it is a valuable source of information for everybody working in nutrition and related fields. Firstly, it opens with an exploration of the chemical characteristics of foods and nutrients. Secondly, it discusses the physiology of food nutrition, micronutrients and dietary requirements for different sections of the population. Finally, it concludes with an assessment of the evidence base for a link between nutrient intake and disease risk, and a review of the broad discipline of public health nutrition.
2. The Psychology of Nutrition – Booth, D.
This book explores the psychological processes involved in the selection and consumption of foods and drink. Firstly, it explains how it is firmly linked to research around cognitive, socio-economic and physiological influences on the desire to eat and drink. Secondly, the title outlines the basic theory which states that appetite is a learned response to a recognized complex of cues from foods, the body and the social and physical environment. Thirdly, it discusses how appetite starts with infant-caregiver interactions in feeding. then, it considers how physical and social maturation in Western culture affects attitudes to foods, concentrating on the phenomena of ordinary dieting and the extremes of disordered eating. Finally, the concluding chapters deal with the process within the lives of individual consumers which causes the same eating habits to form in different segments of society.
3. Nutrition, Maintaining and improving health – Webb, G P.
This title offers a wide range of coverage on all aspects of nutrition including nutritional assessment; epidemiological and experimental methods used in nutrition research; social aspects of nutrition; the science of food as a source of energy and essential nutrients; and variation in nutrition. Furthermore, it discusses the roles of diet in causing, preventing, and even treating chronic disease and maintaining good health.
4. Introduction to Food Science and Food Systems – Parker, R. and Pace, M.
This book explores the foundations of the food industry, from nutrition and chemistry to processing and safety, and delves into some of the most pressing, current food issues. Furthermore, it discusses how critical issues such as hunger and GMOs are becoming ever more concerning. Finally, it is filled with full-colour images, drawings, charts, and graphs to support each topic.
5. Nutrition and Diabetes- Opara, Emmanuel C.
This book is a comprehensive resource that examines the metabolic aberrations found in obesity that eventually lead to the development of diabetes. Firstly, by focusing on the role diet has in the cause and management of obesity and diabetes, it provides a scientific basis for the different approaches used in their treatment. Secondly, the text is divided into three sections. The first section covers the pathophysiology and treatment of obesity and includes chapters on the neuroendocrine regulation of food intake to achieve a healthy body weight through diet and exercise. The second section explores the pathophysiology and treatment of diabetes and presents discussions on Type 2 diabetes in childhood as well as the management of Type 2 diabetes in developing countries. Finally, the third section focuses on the role of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis and treatment of diabetes and outlines the between oxidative stress and Type 1 diabetes and between glycemic control and Type 2 diabetes.
This guide provides general guidelines to help optimize dietary intake for sports competitors. It discusses how fueling requirements can vary depending upon an individual’s energy expenditure, metabolism, state of health and sport.
This website is ideal for anyone who wants to find out more about the science of nutrients and what they do in the body. It is helpful for those studying or working in the field of nutrition as well as those who would like more detail on nutrition science.
This informative video shows a presentation by Dr Michael VanDerschelden, who discusses proper nutrition and what that consists of.