Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition

1st Edition

Editor-in-Chiefs: Benjamin Caballero
Editors: Lindsay Allen Andrew Prentice
Hardcover ISBN: 9780122266942
eBook ISBN: 9780123847355
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 25th September 1998
Page Count: 1973


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This encyclopedia provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of human nutrition, including clinical applications. Most of the chapters represent brand new expositions of the field, yet the Encyclopedia also includes relevant sections from the Encyclopaedia of Food Science, Food Technology, and Nutrition, which have been revised, updated, and rewritten, plus that reference work's award-winning index system.

Virtually everyone will find the Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition easy to use--from the experienced researcher requiring a specific piece of information to the general reader who needs an overview of a new and unfamiliar topic. The work is highly structured and cross-referenced, and leads the reader to the required information as quickly and as intuitively as possible. Of the more than 270 articles, each offers "links" to related articles and also lists "Further Reading Topics," directing the reader to important texts in that area.

The Encyclopedia takes a truly international approach where relevant. It details various national conventions and standards and explains nutritional policy differences between the developed and developing world. Nutritionists, clinical nutritionists, dietitians, and allied health workers are sure to benefit and make great use of this resource.

Key Features

  • Presents more than 270 articles on human nutrition from "Adaptive Responses to Malnutrition" to "Zinc"
  • Uses an award-winning index system introduced in the Encyclopaedia of Food Science, Food Technology, and Nutrition
  • Written in a style accessible to the researcher or layperson with almost any background
  • Each article lists related texts, helping the reader to customize his or her research


Clinical nutritionists, dieticians, and allied health workers. Faculty and students in university nutrition and health departments. Managers, lawyers, and marketers within the food industry. Government bodies dealing with nutritional policies. Newspapers, magazines, and broadcasters dealing with food and nutrition items

Table of Contents

Adaptation. Adipose Tissue. Adolescents. Aging. Alcohol. Alcoholism. Aluminum. Amino Acids. Anemia. Antioxidants. Appetite. Arthritis. Ascorbic Acid. Behavior. Bioavailability. Biotin. Body Composition. Bone. Brain and Nervous System. Burns Patients. Caffeine. Calcium. Cancer. Carbohydrates. Carcinogens. Carotenoids. Catering. Cereal Grains. Children. Cholecalciferol. Cholesterol. Choline and Lecithin. Chromium. Cobalamins. Coeliac Disease. Cofactors. Colonic Diseases and Disorders. Community Nutrition. Copper. Coronary Heart Disease. Cystic Fibrosis. Cytokines. Dairy Products. Dehydration. Dental Disease. Diabetes Mellitus. Diarrheal Diseases. Dietary Fiber. Dietary Guidelines. Dietary Intake Measurement. Dietary Surveys. Dietetics. Down's Syndrome. Drugs. Eating Disorders. Eggs. Electrolytes. Energy. Energy Metabolism. Epidemiological Studies. Exercise. Famine. Fats and Oils. Fatty Acids. Fertility. Fetal Origins of Disease. Fish. Folic Acid. Food Aid. Food Aid Organizations. Food Allergies. Food Choice. Food Composition Data. Food Contaminants. Food Folklore. Food Fortification. Food Intolerance. Food Processing. Fructose. Fruits and Vegetables. Functional Foods. Galactose. Gall Bladder Disorders. Gastrointestinal Tract. Glucose. Gout. Growth and Development. Health Foods. Heavy Metals. HIV Disease. Hunger. Hyperactivity. Hyperlipidemia. Hypertension. Hypoglycemia. Immunity. Inborn Errors of Metabolism. Infants. Infection. Insulin Resistance. Iodine. Iron. Ketosis. Lactation. Legumes. Lipids. Lipoproteins. Liver Disorders. Magnesium. Malabsorption Syndromes. Malnutrition. Manganese. Meal Size and Frequency. Meat, Poultry, and Meat Products. Microflora of the Intestine. Niacin. Nucleic Acids. Nutrient Requirements. Nutrition Education. Nutrition Policies. Nutritional Labeling. Nutritional Status. Nutritional Support. Nutritional Surveillance. Nuts and Seeds. Obesity. Older People. Osteoporosis. Pantothenic Acid. Parasitism. Phosphorus. Physical Handicap. Phytochem


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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 study is an excellent example of Academic Press's tradition of providing comprehensive information [...] a valuable resource for all medical and university libraries." --Library Journal, April 2000

"The Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition is a superb attempt to incorporate into one three-volume [set] the many elements of the rapidly expanding science of nutrition. The [set] is timely, given the increased interest in diet and health by the general public worldwide. It is broad based and covers the physiological aspects of nutrient and energy requirements of different populations; measurements of dietary intake and nutritional status; the nutrient composition of the main food groups; associations between diet, lifestyle, and disease; clinical applications of nutrition to improve health; topical issues relating to the food-processing industry; influences affecting food choice and eating behavior; nutritional guidelines and public health policies in both developed and developing countries; international aspects of food labeling; and a range of other, related topics. Any encyclopedia must be international in its content. Appropriately, this [set] has an international editorial board and an international set of authors. The cross-referencing in the table of contents is excellent and helps one find a particular subject easily. Each volume ends with a comprehensive set of tables and charts. The index is excellent and user-friendly in terms of helping the reader find tables, discussions of major topics, and cross references. The format of the index should serve as a template for other comprehensive [works]. In general, the coverage of most of the topics in nutrition, ranging from molecular biology to agriculture and food science and from social sciences in human behavior to clinical medicine, is excellent. The Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition is a superb attempt to produce a comprehensive [work] on human nutrition and shoul