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Sports Nutrition

Fats and Proteins, 1st Edition

Edited by Judy A. Driskell

CRC Press

400 pages | 34 B/W Illus.

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It is well known that fats, proteins, and carbohydrates are all energy-yielding nutrients that influence health and physical performance. Yet many recreational, collegiate, and professional athletes still consume more fats, saturated fats, and cholesterol than is recommended, as well as inappropriate amounts of proteins. What is needed is a nuts and bolts reference to guide athletes, coaches, and trainers to make educated choices when designing a diet to yield optimal performance.

Sports Nutrition: Fats and Proteins is an up-to-date compilation of critical reviews on the influence of dietary and supplemental fats and proteins on physical performance. Each chapter is written by a recognized scientist with notable expertise in the area of fat or protein as it relates to exercise and sports. It provides a detailed introduction to sports nutrition with an emphasis on the influence of fats and proteins. Covering the quantity and types of fats that effect performance and health, the book includes a general chapter on total fats, saturated fats, and cholesterol, as well as chapters on specific supplements including omegas-3 and -6, medium-chain triglycerides, conjugated linoleic acid, wheat germ oil, and octacosonol. The book also focuses on proteins and the amounts, types, and combinations of selected supplements and their role in performance. Well-researched articles analyze whey, soy, and casein proteins; select amino acids such as creatine, glutamine, and branched-chain; and other beneficial supplements. The book concludes with a discussion of recommended intakes of the energy-yielding nutrients and, more importantly, recommended proportions of carbohydrates to fats to proteins.

Armed with the valuable information found in Sports Nutrition: Fats and Proteins, sports nutritionists, fitness professionals, researchers, and the well-informed layman can create and tailor the appropriate diet to help them and others maximize performance and reach their highest potential.


“The text essentially comprises sixteen independent essays, written by various experts in sport nutrition, each contribution provides 100 or more recent references. … the first half is allocated to the metabolism of a particular nutrient, and the second half considers the minimum requirements of the athlete and the possible impact upon physical performance  of an increased intake of the substance under review. … underline the dual needs of the athlete-replacement of protein metabolized during prolonged endurance exercise, and the protein demands of muscle hypertrophy. … Those who are investigating issues of athletic nutrition may wish to review the book, particularly on account of the abundance of references. …”

— Roy J. Shephard, in the Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition & Metabolism, 2007

Table of Contents


Introduction to Sports Nutrition: Fats and Proteins, J.J.B. Anderson



Total Fats, Saturated Fats, and Cholesterol, H.E. Rasmussen and J.Y.  Lee

Medium-Chain Triglycerides, W. E. Billon

Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids, K.R. Lora and N. M. Lewis

Conjugated Linoleic Acid, C.G. Koster and M.A. Belury

Octacosanol and Wheat Germ Oil, S.H. Mitmesser



Protein: Quantity and Quality, M.A. Tarnopolsky and B.W. Timmons

Whey, Casein, and Soy Proteins, B.S. Snyder and M.D. Haub

Creatine, R.B. Kreider

Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate, C.G.R. Jackson

Carnitine, S.A. Chelland-Campbell and R.J. Moffatt

β-Hydroxy-β-Methylbutyrate, S.L. Nissen 

Branched-Chain Amino Acids, M.Gleeson

Glutamine, S.S. Jonnalagadda

Other Individual Amino Acids, N.F. Spruce and C.A. Titchenal


Recommended Intakes of the Energy-Yielding Nutrients

Recommended Proportions of Carbohydrates to Fats to Proteins in Diets, H.C. Lukaski


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Nutrition
MEDICAL / Sports Medicine