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Best Nutrition Books

Explore the essential reads on wholesome eating and diet science that stand out in rankings from nutrition experts and prominent health-focused blogs.

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Best Nutrition Books
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In Defense of Food
An Eater's Manifesto
Michael Pollan - 2008-01-01
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This book tackles the issue of how our diets have become increasingly unhealthy due to the prevalence of processed foods and confusing nutritional advice. Michael Pollan’s manifesto provides a simple answer to the question of what we should eat: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Pollan shows how adopting this approach to eating can improve our health and bring pleasure back to mealtimes. He is a trusted food expert whose other books have been highly acclaimed.
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Richard Branson
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How Not to Die
Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease
Michael Greger Faclm - 2015-12-08
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This informative guide explores how changing your diet and lifestyle can dramatically reduce the risk of premature death. Through examining the top fifteen causes of death in America, the author delves into the scientific evidence behind how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can prevent and even reverse disease-related deaths. By following the practical advice and daily checklist provided, readers will discover which foods to add to their diet and which lifestyle changes to make to live a longer and healthier life.
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Amy TanSadia Badiei
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The China Study
Revised and Expanded Edition
T. Colin Campbell - 2006-05-11 (first published in 2004)
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Discover the clear-cut science behind reducing your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes with this bestselling book. The China Study is a groundbreaking investigation into the relationship between diet and disease, based on the most comprehensive study of its kind ever undertaken. Authors T. Colin Campbell and his son Tom shed light on the dangers of a diet high in animal protein and the unparalleled health benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet. This revised and expanded edition features new content and updated information on the power of a plant-based diet, making it a must-read for anyone interested in their health and well-being.
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James Cameron
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Deep Nutrition
Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food
Catherine Shanahan - 2008-11-14
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Discover the secrets of diets from around the world that have kept people healthy and disease-free for generations in this bestselling book from physician and biochemist Cate Shanahan. Based on her extensive research and personal experience, the book offers a prescriptive plan for "The Human Diet," which includes 4 key nutritional strategies such as fresh food and organ meats. With the latest discoveries in the field of epigenetics, Deep Nutrition shows how your diet and lifestyle can alter your DNA and improve your overall health, from improving mood to building stronger bones and younger, smoother skin.
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Nutrition and Physical Degeneration
Weston Andrew Price - 2003-06-01 (first published in 1939)
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Discover the importance of whole food nutrition and the risks of a processed diet with this epic study. Renowned dentist Weston Price and his wife traveled the world for nearly a decade, searching for the secret to health. Focusing on healthy individuals, Price observed perfect dental arches, minimal tooth decay, and excellent health in those who ate indigenous foods. However, when these people were introduced to modernized foods, signs of degeneration became evident. Featuring hundreds of photos, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration reveals the ancestral wisdom of health and nutrition.
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The Omnivore's Dilemma
A Natural History of Four Meals
Michael Pollan - 2006-04-11
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Explore the complex world of food and discover the answer to the age-old question, "What should we have for dinner?" Follow author Michael Pollan on a journey through food chains, from industrial to organic to foraging, and uncover the profound implications of our eating choices for the environment, our health, and even our survival as a species. With a unique blend of personal and investigative journalism, Pollan delves into the origins of our food and reveals what we unwittingly ingest, while offering visionary solutions to our national eating disorder. Beautifully written and thrillingly argued, The Omnivore's Dilemma is a must-read for anyone interested in the politics and pleasure of eating.
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Why We Get Fat
And What to Do About It
Gary Taubes - 2010-12-28
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Discover the truth about why we get fat in this essential guide to nutrition and weight management by Gary Taubes. Taubes presents fresh evidence and reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century, including the damaging "calories-in, calories-out" model. He also answers persistent questions about exercise, genetics, and food choices. With a persuasive and practical approach, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to maintain a healthy weight.
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Gretchen Rubin
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Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy
The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating
Walter Willett - 2005-07-07 (first published in 2001)
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Learn the truth about healthy eating and how you can live better and longer with this bestselling book by Dr. Walter Willett. Drawing on cutting-edge research, Dr. Willett explains why the USDA guidelines have gotten it wrong and provides solid recommendations for eating healthfully. Discover the best types of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins to choose from, the importance of controlling weight for a long, healthy life, and how to choose wisely between different types of food groups and supplements. With simple menu plans and tasty recipes, this book is an important resource for every family.
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Good Calories, Bad Calories
Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health
Gary Taubes - 2007-09-25 (first published in 2004)
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This groundbreaking book challenges the conventional wisdom on diet, weight, and disease. Through seven years of research, the author reveals that almost everything we believe about nutrition is wrong. The problem lies in refined carbohydrates and sugars, which have long-term effects on insulin and fat accumulation. This book offers a new perspective on good and bad calories, with examples of foods that can be eaten without restraint and those that stimulate excessive insulin secretion. With precise references to existing clinical studies, the author leads us to the conclusion that the only healthy way to lose weight and remain lean is to eat fewer carbohydrates or to change the type of carbohydrates we eat. A must-read for anyone looking to redefine their understanding of nutrition and health.
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Real Food for Pregnancy
The Science and Wisdom of Optimal Prenatal Nutrition
Lily Nichols - 2018-02-23
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Discover the science-based approach to prenatal nutrition with Real Food for Pregnancy. Lily Nichols, RDN, CDE, provides clear answers on what to eat and why, with research to back up every recommendation. Learn how to bridge the gap between current prenatal nutrition recommendations and what foods are required for optimal health in pregnancy and for your baby s development. This comprehensive resource will guide you to make confident food and lifestyle choices for a smooth, healthy pregnancy.
Food Rules by Michael Pollan
Whole by T. Colin Campbell
Wheat Belly by William Davis
Food by Mark Hyman
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, 5th Ed by Roberta Larson Duyff
Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford
Eat to Love by Jenna Hollenstein
The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz
Run Fast. Eat Slow. by Shalane Flanagan
What to Eat by Marion Nestle
Grain Brain by David Perlmutter
Fearless Feeding by Jill Castle
Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. by Shalane Flanagan
Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch Cnc
Bigger Leaner Stronger by Michael Matthews
Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman
Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss
The No Meat Athlete Cookbook by Matt Frazier
Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating by Katja Rowell
Integrative Nutrition by Joshua Rosenthal Msced
Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe
The Obesity Code by Jason Fung
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr.
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
Cooked by Michael Pollan
Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink
Vitamania by Catherine Price
Ignite the Fire by Jonathan Goodman
How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy! by Paul Chek
Child of Mine by Ellyn Satter
Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook by Nancy Clark
Krause's Food & the Nutrition Care Process by L. Kathleen Mahan RD Cde
The Plant-Based Solution by Joel K. Kahn
Born to Eat by Wendy Jo Peterson
The Good Gut by Justin Sonnenburg
First Bite by Bee Wilson
Nutrition For Dummies, 6th Edition by Carol Ann Rinzler
Dressing on the Side by Jaclyn London
The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo
The How Not to Die Cookbook by Michael Greger Faclm
Fat Chance by Robert H. Lustig
The Cheese Trap by Neal D Barnard Facc
It Starts With Food by Dallas Hartwig
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
Proteinaholic by Garth Davis
Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis
Super Immunity by Joel Fuhrman
Eat to Live Cookbook by Joel Fuhrman
Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes by Neal Barnard
Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? by Alex Hutchinson
The Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evelyn Tribole
Brain Maker by David Perlmutter
Death by Food Pyramid by Denise Minger
Eat Dirt by Josh Axe
Eat the Yolks by Liz Wolfe
The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker
Gentle Nutrition by Rachael Hartley
Good to Go by Christie Aschwanden
Food Chaining by Cheri Fraker, Dr. Mark Fishbein, Sibyl Cox, Laura Walbert
The Lean Muscle Diet by Lou Schuler
Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism by Sareen S. Gropper
It's Not About the Broccoli by Dina Rose
Protein Power by Michael R. Eades
Food Matters by Mark Bittman
Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald Cissn
The Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer
The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain
The Plant Paradox by Steven R Gundry
Atomic Habits by James Clear
Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett
Strength Training Anatomy by Frederic Delavier
The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf
The Food Revolution by John Robbins
The Forks Over Knives Plan by Alona Pulde
Glute Lab by Bret Contreras
Gut by Giulia Enders
The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living by Stephen D. Phinney
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - Tenth Anniversary Edition by Barbara Kingsolver
Good Food, Bad Diet by Abby Langer RD
How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder by Casey Crosbie RD CSSD, Wendy Sterling MS RD CSSD
Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology Book Only by Marcia Nelms, Kathryn P. Sucher
The MIND Diet by Maggie Moon
The Smart Mom's Guide to Starting Solids by Jill RD Castle Ms
Advanced Sports Nutrition by Dan Benardot
Breathwork by Valerie Moselle
Try New Food by Jill Castle
The Blue Zones Solution by Dan Buettner
4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss