Human Nutrition: with Pageburst online access, 12e Paperback – 9 Nov 2010
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Without waffling on and on about the issues I had with the book, here is a summary:
1. There are broad, 'sweeping' generalisations about human health and nutrition that are not backed up with any factual evidence. I am after facts, not opinions.
2. The authors fail to cross-reference one another, which leads to contradictory information. The fault here lies with the editors, rather than the authors.
3. There is no mention of soil and food quality.
4. There is no mention of junk food and the effect this has on diet.
5. The chapter on vegetarianism is a mere 8 pages long and could have been written in the 19th century for all the knowledge that the author has on the subject!
6. There are many references to studies on non-human animals. This is just the sort of information I need if I want to look after pet rats and mice, but it is complete nonsense when used as evidence of human diet and health.
7. There are many references to studies that result in 'inconclusive evidence'. I would have thought that the amount of research that has been carried out on human health and diet over the past 100 or so years would have supplied conclusive evidence in most areas, but apparently not.
8. Some chapters deal with human biology, rather than nutrition. If I wanted that information, I would have purchased a book on human biology.
In conclusion, this book is very outdated even in the 12th Edition. It is poorly researched and omits a lot of the ground-breaking studies that have been carried-out over the past 40-50 years. I certainly wouldn't want advice from my doctor or nutritionist if this was their main source of reference.
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