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Whether you’re the error-by-trial type or someone who can’t put down a book, these best selling nutrition books will help you live a healthier life.
They have helped me in my quest to become a better consumer and provided me valuable information on food nutrition. This is my list of the best nutrition books and I firmly believe they will change your life if you let them.
Please note, I have read ALL of the nutrition books below and only include the ones I sincerely recommend. I would never recommend a book that I don’t believe in 100%.
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
In this one sitting read, Pollan grabs your hand and walks you through a new form of science which he calls “nutritionism.”
Although, you may want to bring with you to the grocery store, Pollan does more than tell you what you should and shouldn’t eat.
He teaches you how to be a better consumer. His everyday prose makes it as enjoyable as it is enlightening to read.
Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It by Gary Taubes
is the most insightful and unconventional book on fat loss I have read. Taubes provides a clear cut path to weight loss while straying away from conventional fad diet recommendations.
He spent 10 years compiling research to write Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007) which is where this book is derived.
This reader friendly version will have you rethinking standard weight loss strategies as he debunks the conventional calories in vs. calories out equation.
Food Politics by Marion Nestle
Marion Nestle brings her first-hand experience working for The Surgeon General upfront in , as she reveals how the food industry has influenced the dietary guidelines in our country.
Nestle provides clarity through decades of conflicting information, by exposing the politics around this industry.
An underlying theme in this book is the contradiction between nutrition theory and practice. Although, academic at times, her experience on the front lines is invaluable.
Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About Orange Juice by Alissa Hamilton
If you are part of the 75% of Americans who consume orange juice annually you should read . In this tell all, Hamilton reveals the surprising truth about orange juice production.
She describes that in order to provide a steady supply of orange juice year round, manufacturers must first preserve it to a near useless liquid.
This high temperature processing not only kills bacteria but alters color, flavor, and eliminates many vitamins. Manufactures must then re-add flavor packets, vitamins, and coloring to restore it to its more recognizable state.
Fat Chance: Beating The Odds Against Sugar, Processed Foods, Obesity, and Disease by Robert Lustig
Based off his viral Youtube video, is based of Dr. Robert Lustig tackles the science of obesity by examining the role of dietary sugar. Compared to his contemporaries, he goes a step further by singling out Fructose as the culprite.
He reveals just how prominent fructose is on our diet (Fruits, HFCS, and many sweetners). A well organized, scienced backed book that couples nicely with Gary Taubes’, .
Strength Training Anatomy by Frederic Delavier
is a great tool to have for those interested in performing exercises correctly and learning the muscles responsible for these actions.
It includes illustrations of squats, bench press, dead lift, and most other common exercises. This is the only book I know of that provides alternative exercises to adapt to your individual morphology.
Outliers: The Story of Success
This is where it all started. I am forever in debt to for showing me how to think outside the box. Not only in health and nutrition but in all aspects of life.
This book humanizes, rather that praises those special outliers that most see as “one-in-a-million.” Gladwell shows how you too, can become an outlier and captivate your inner dreams.
If you have others to recommend, I’d love to hear from you. Contact me with your recommendations.