Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, Four-Volume Set - 2nd Edition

Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, Four-Volume Set

2nd Edition

Editor-in-Chiefs: Benjamin Caballero
Editors: Lindsay Allen Andrew Prentice
Imprint: Academic Press
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This Second Edition is a thorough revision and 20% expansion of the 1998 release, reflecting the continuing scientific advances in the field of human nutrition. Now a four-volume set, nearly 300 articles with concise, up-to-date information are complemented by an award-winning indexing system. Included is expanded coverage of epidemiology of diet-related diseases, functional foods, food safety, clinical nutrition and gastrointestinal disorders. Virtually everyone will find the Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition an easy-to-use resource making it an ideal reference choice for both the professional and the non-professional alike.

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Key Features


  • Now a four-volume set with over 250 articles
  • Expanded coverage of epidemiology of diet-related diseases, functional foods, food safety, and gastrointestinal disorders, among other topics


  • Browse the whole work by volume, authors or article titles
  • Full and extensive subject index can be searched or browsed online, and takes you directly to the indexed paragraph, section, figure or table
  • Basic and advanced search functionality across the entire work or by specific volume
  • Users can build, save and re-run seraches, as well as combine saved searches
  • Extensive internal cross-referencing and dynamic linking from biliographic references to primary-source material, increasing the scope of your research rapidly and effectively
  • All articles available as full-text HTML files, or as PDF files that can be viewed, downloaded or printed in their original format


Nutritionists, clinical nutritionists, dietitians and allied health workers, university/medical school libraries and public libraries, managers and lawyers within the food industry, and government sectors dealing with nutritional policies

Table of Contents

Adipose tissue Adolescents: Nutritional Requirements Adolescents: Nutritional Problems Aging Alcohol: Absorption, Metabolism and Physiological Effects Alcohol: Disease Risk and Beneficial Effects Alcohol: Effects of Consumption on Diet and Nutritional Status Aluminum Amino Acids: Chemistry and Classification Amino Acids: Metabolism Amino Acids: Specific Functions Anemia: Iron-Deficiency Anemia Anemia: Megaloblastic Anemia Antioxidants: Diet and Antioxidant Defense Antioxidants: Observational Studies Antioxidants: Intervention Studies Appetite: Physiological and Neurobiological Aspects Appetite: Psychobiological and Behavioral Aspects Arthritis Ascorbic Acid: Physiology, Dietary Sources and Requirements Ascorbic Acid: Deficiency States Behavior Bioavailability Biotin Body Composition Bone Brain and Nervous System Breast Feeding Burns Patients Caffeine Calcium Cancer: Epidemiology and Associations Between Diet and Cancer Cancer: Epidemiology of Gastrointestinal Cancers Other Than Colorectal Cancers Cancer: Epidemiology of Lung Cancer Cancer: Dietary Management Cancer: Effects on Nutritional Status Cancer: Carcinogenic Substances in Food Carbohydrates: Chemistry and Classification Carbohydrates: Regulation of Metabolism Carbohydrates: Requirements and Dietary Importance Carbohydrates: Resistant Starch and Oligosaccharides Carotenoids: Chemistry, Sources and Physiology Carotenoids: Epidemiology of Health Effects Cereal Gr


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About the Editor-in-Chief

Benjamin Caballero

Dr. Caballero is Professor of International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Professor of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University. He has over 20 years of experience as a scholar, researcher and leader in the area of child health and nutrition. He obtained his MD from the University of Buenos Aires and his PhD (in neuroendocrine regulation) from MIT. He started his faculty career at Harvard Medical School, and moved to Johns Hopkins in 1990 to found the Center for Human Nutrition.

Dr. Caballero is a recognized expert on the nutritional needs of children and adults, and on nutrient requirements in undernourished populations. For the past 10 years, he has focused on the problem of childhood obesity in the US and in developing countries, and explored the impact of dietary transition and globalization on health indicators. He is an active participant in key scientific committees advising the US government on issues of diet and health, including the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) Committee, the Expert Panel on Macronutrient Requirements, and the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. He was a member of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee, and is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI).

Dr. Caballero is an active leader in the area of global health, specifically on diet, lifestyle and disease risk. He is Chairman of the Board of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation, in Washington, D.C., and member of the Board of Directors of the International Nutrition Foundation, in Boston, MA. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Centers of Excellence Network of the Global Health Initiative, National Institutes of Health. Recent awards include the Ancel Keys Prize for achievements in international public health and the Tho

Affiliations and Expertise

Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, U.S.A.

About the Editor

Lindsay Allen

Lindsay Allen is the Director of the USDA's Western Human Nutrition Research Center, and Research Professor in the Department of Nutrition, at the University of California, Davis. Her research is concerned with the prevalence, causes, consequences and prevention of micronutrient deficiencies, primarily in developing countries.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Davis, U.S.A

Andrew Prentice

Andrew Prentice is Professor of International Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He leads the Medical Research Council's International Nutrition Group which is based in London and The Gambia. His research interests have encompassed human energy metabolism and obesity as well as maternal and child nutrition in developing countries.

Affiliations and Expertise

London School of Tropical Medicine, UK


"This new edition has been completely revised and expanded to accommodate the enormous growth of the scientific discipline of human nutrition. ...relevant to both general readers and health care practitioners. Essential. All Libraries; all levels." - CHOICE (2006) "The information gathered in The Encyclopedia is the goldmine of knowledge. ...a very good and comprehensive source of information and a help for an adult reader with some biological and medical knowledge. ...indispensable for scientific workers and practitioners in the field of biology, medicine, nutritionists and dietitians" - ACTA PHYSIOLOGIAE PLANTARUM (2005) From the First Edition... "A major achievement condensing current authoritative reviews on all aspects of nutrition and clinical nutrition. It is an excellent starting point for anyone initiating a research project in nutrtion and is well indexed." BMA MEDICAL BOOK COMPETITION