Did you know that one key ingredient of self-respect is what you put in your body, what you eat?
However, in a world where a quarter of the population is overweight, we tend to overlook nutrition as a self-respect and well-being tool.
Your body is a community of (approximately) 37 trillion cells. As in any other community, your cells communicate to each other, influence one another, and together create an environment where each cell can thrive or the opposite, suffers.
The nutrition you provide for your body, your cells, is more important than your genes. What you eat is determining the quality of the environment where your cells live and ultimately your health, happiness, and well-being.
Discover in this article, 34 of the best nutrition book and find out how you can improve, change or adjust the way you eat so that you can achieve an optimum environment for your cells.
You’ll not find in this list weight loss books because proper nutrition gives you much more than fitting into your jeans. (Increases your brain power, for example.)
When you respect yourself enough to eat right for your body that means you are taking into consideration all aspects of being healthy and happy.
If you feel you’re on “the confusion” diet, read one or more of the following books and discover what’s the right nutrition for you.
What is the confusion diet? The basis of this diet is “fits all approach”.
The truth and the matter is that no diet can fit all of us. The proper diet for you is based on your location, profession, and job, personal limitations and requirements, subjective likes and dislikes, age, and culture.
For example, someone living in the mountains (high altitudes) can’t stay healthy on a lower altitudes diet, and the other way around.
The confusion diet doesn’t SEE you. It gives you universal advice that (most often than not) is detrimental to your health and well-being.
We must wake up and step out of this diet because it’s the leading cause of the most spread illness of the 21st century. That illness is the fear of feeling hungry.
Do you drink water to prevent ever feeling thirsty? Do you laze in bed at any hour of the day just because you feel sleepy?
Most probably you don’t. Then, why should you avoid (at any cost) feeling hungry a few times a day?
When you respect your body by feeding it the proper nourishment, you welcome feeling hungry as much as you welcome feeling satisfied.
It’s the natural cycle of your body; you eat, feel satisfied, and then, gradually feel hungry. (Three meals a day whit hunger in between.)
But the confusion diet has erased from the equation this part of the cycle – allowing yourself to feel hungry.
If you need a barometer to know if you achieved giving your body what it needs, that barometer is your hunger.
You might be surprised to discover how many things is telling you what kind of hunger you experience:
Peaceful hunger – you simply notice you feel hungry and then get back on living until it’s the right time for your next meal.
Silent hunger – you forget about yourself (that you exist) until you feel you’ll pass out if you don’t eat something. Silent hunger is almost as bad as tormenting hunger; both have the same result – eating chaos, not proper food.
We asked 17 experts, “What are the best nutrition books to read this year?”
Get inspired by the following books and give your body the nourishment that leads to health, happiness, and satisfaction followed by peaceful hunger.
The most recommended nutrition book is Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan.
Table of Contents
- 21-Day Ketogenic Diet Weight Loss Challenge: Recipes and Workouts for a Slimmer, Healthier You – Rachel Gregory, Amanda C. Hughes
- Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? – Mark Hyman M.D.
- Memory Rescue: Supercharge Your Brain, Reverse Memory Loss, and Remember What Matters Most – Daniel G. Amen
- Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes – Shalane Flanagan, Elyse Kopecky, Alan Weiner
- Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.: Quick-Fix Recipes for Hungry Athletes – Shalane Flanagan, Elyse Kopecky
- Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works – Evelyn Tribole, Elyse Resch
- Real Food for Pregnancy: The Science and Wisdom of Optimal Prenatal Nutrition – Lily Nichols
- Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food – Catherine Price
- Joy’s Simple Food Remedies: Tasty Cures for Whatever’s Ailing You – Joy Bauer
- The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health – T.Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell II
- The New Power Eating – Susan M. Kleiner, Fantasma Escritor, Maggie Greenwood-Robinson
- The Diet Docs’ Guide to Permanent Weight Loss: Secrets to Metabolic Transformation – Joe Klemczewski, J. Scott Uloth
- How Not to Die – Gene Stone, Michael Greger
- Prescription for Nutritional Healing – Phyllis A. Balch
- Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference to Plant-Based Nutrition – Brenda Davis, Vesanto Melina
- The Plant-Based Solution: America’s Healthy Heart Doc’s Plan to Power Your Health – Joel K. Kahn MD
- Integrative Nutrition: A Whole-Life Approach to Health and Happiness – Joshua Rosenthal
- Dirty Genes: A Breakthrough Program to Treat the Root Cause of Illness and Optimize Your Health – Ben Lynch ND.
- Eat to Live Cookbook: 200 Delicious Nutrient-Rich Recipes for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Reversing Disease, and Lifelong Health – Joel Fuhrman M.D.
- Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual – Michael Pollan
- Food, Love, Family: A Practical Guide to Child Nutrition -Maya Adam, Jamie Oliver
- The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss – Dr. Jason Fung, Timothy Noakes
- The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-term Health – Justin Sonnenburg, Erica Sonnenburg, Andrew Weil, M.D.
- The Better Brain Solution – Steven Masley
- Get Off Your Acid: 7 Steps in 7 Days to Lose Weight, Fight Inflammation, and Reclaim Your Health and Energy – Daryl Gioffre
- The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain – Dr. Steven R. Gundry, M.D.
- How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy! – Paul Chek
- Nutrition and Physical Degeneration – Weston A. Price
- Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food – Catherine Shanahan, M.D.
- Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating – M.D. Walter C. Willett
- Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual – Michael Pollan
- In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto – Michael Pollan
Certified Sports Nutritionist | Registered Dietitian | Formulator | Subject Matter Expert | Author | Speaker
21-Day Ketogenic Diet Weight Loss Challenge: Recipes and Workouts for a Slimmer, Healthier You – Rachel Gregory, Amanda C. Hughes
Look, nothing is hotter right now than the ketogenic diet and for good reason with all of the great results people are having and the mounting scientific data, it’s hard to deny that it works very well for certain people.
If you’re going to do it, a simple guide with a worksheet, workouts, meal plans, shopping tips, and amazing recipes are all laid out here.
Rachel Gregory never talks over your head or scolds you. She makes it simple, easy to understand and fun, in a way that works and has scientific validity. What’s not to like?
Dr. Mark Hymen is a rock star in functional medicine and know how to simplify things to be easily understood and (pun intended) digested.
This book is a bible of what foods can accelerate or shut down our journey to optimized health.
Memory Rescue: Supercharge Your Brain, Reverse Memory Loss, and Remember What Matters Most – Daniel G. Amen
Dr. Daniel Amen is a luminary in brain health and the leading expert with diet and supplements you need to keep your mind healthy and sharp.
This book tells you everything you need to stay focused and get the most out of your day through your diet regimen.
Health Research Psychologist
Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.: Quick-Fix Recipes for Hungry Athletes – Shalane Flanagan, Elyse Kopecky
I would highly recommend both Run Fast Eat Slow, and the newly released sequel, Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow.
These are both outstanding books because they tackle the problem of nutrition from a holistic, non-diet stance.
Instead of counting calories (which, by the way, you will find no calorie counts in the books as they are intentionally left out), the authors, nutritional coach Elyse Kopecky and elite runner, Shalane Flanagan, focus on fueling your body with whole, natural foods.
They combine insight from their own personal experiences, with research and testimonials from people who have thrived after re-framing they way they eat in light of the topics discussed in the books.
These are not just cookbooks, they are a motivational tool to help you learn how to have a healthier relationship with food, eat delicious and nutritious meals, and fuel your body for whatever activity you want to participate in.
As a registered dietitian, I have read far too many popular diet and nutrition books that claim to be backed by science, but instead are chock-full of misinformation, pseudoscience, and sensationalized nutrition.
Intuitive Eating sets itself apart as a holistic approach to your relationship with food and your body.
Its gentle style of nutrition is wholly void of fad diets and the sometimes preachy style of many popular diet books.
Instead, it teaches the reader how to tap into hunger and fullness cues, free oneself of restrictive dieting, and develop a way of thinking about food that dismisses guilt and shame.
Literally life-changing for many people, this book is well worth the read.
Private Practice Dietitian
This book is unlike most nutrition books in that it isn’t written with the intention of persuading or confusing the reader into believing that there is one single, specific way to eat that is better than all the rest.
Rather, it provides the reader with information that is straightforward and far from overwhelming that they can put into practice immediately. Though the title includes the word “pregnancy”, the advice in the book applies to anyone looking for gentle guidance to healthier eating.
(Bonus: it is the most well researched/cited and unbiased nutrition book I’ve read in a LONG time).
This book takes readers through the history of vitamins, starting with their discovery as a cure for deficiencies, and leading up to the thriving supplement industry that exists today.
I think this book will interest those who generally eat a varied diet of nutrient-rich foods but have been wondering if a supplement might add additional benefits.
Those who are interested in learning more about the history of nutritional science may enjoy this book as well.
Registered Dietitian | Founder, The Nourished Principles
One of the best nutrition books that I have read is Joy Bauer’s recently released book Joy’s Simple Food Remedies: Tasty Cures for Whatever’s Ailing You.
The book, written by the Today Show’s Registered Dietitian, Joy Bauer, outlines 20 common ailments and offers nutrition suggestions to help with these ailments.
She provides recipes and information based on science, which I think really makes this stand out as one of the best nutrition books!
ACE Certified Health Coach | Personal Trainer | PN Level 1 Nutritionist | Orthopedic Exercise Specialist
The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health – T.Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell II
When I was first transitioning to a vegan diet it was honestly more about the animals, but as a nutritionist, I needed to learn more about the facts and The China Study fit the bill.
As one of the biggest nutrition studies ever conducted, there is a wealth of information in this book all backed by science.
If you’re looking for a nutrition book that breaks down into detail how many calories, protein, carbs, and fats to eat for building muscle or losing body fat, then this is the book for you.
This is definitely for someone who is ready to plan out his or her meals around their workouts and enjoys getting into the math to design a plan.
The Diet Docs’ Guide to Permanent Weight Loss: Secrets to Metabolic Transformation – Joe Klemczewski, J. Scott Uloth
I love this book for straightforward, easy to understand information on understanding how to go about eating healthfully for permanent weight loss.
Dr. Joe Klemczewski is great at delivering this information in a way that keeps it simple.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
This book lays out information in an easy to read format for how to keep yourself healthy by improving your eating. Includes recipes that make it even easier to do.
Not written by a Registered Dietitian but has so much great information for getting people to think about nutrition in a holistic way.
One of the most well-researched books on eating a more plant-based diet by two Registered Dietitians.
They will set you on the best path and give you information on how to stay there if that’s your choice.
Health & Wellness Expert, Maple Holistics
If you’re ready to look better, feel better, and heal the planet at the same time, then you’re ready for this book.
The author has already helped thousands of people to prevent and even reverse heart disease. As it turns out, a lot of other diseases and health issues can be cured by changing your diet. You can find out exactly how by reading this book.
This book focuses on the holistic approach to nutrition and diet. It helps you choose what diet is right for you and your body. It’s perfect for anyone frustrated or confused by all the diets out there.
Dirty Genes: A Breakthrough Program to Treat the Root Cause of Illness and Optimize Your Health – Ben Lynch ND.
There are some things we have control over and some things we don’t, one of those being our genes.
The author of this book explains how to turn our genes on and off to reverse or even prevent common diseases and illnesses. The only thing you need to do is change your diet.
Consultant, All Inclusive Health
Eat to Live Cookbook: 200 Delicious Nutrient-Rich Recipes for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Reversing Disease, and Lifelong Health – Joel Fuhrman M.D.
Fuhrman’s nutrient-packed, healthful approach to nutrition combined with quick weight loss can be best understood by this equation, health=nutrients intake/calories intake. The more nutrient-heavy the intake, the less caloric and more healthy it is.
Encouraging, engaging personal stories from Fuhrman’s treatment of over more than 10,000 patients supports his theory that eating ever-larger portions of healthful, high-nutrient foods decreases desire for low-nutrient foods, loosening their addictive hold on people.
A great book for the health conscious.
Co-founder & CEO, Teuko
Why it’s great: Very straightforward, easy and enjoyable rules to read. Michael Pollan, the acclaimed food writer put under the spotlights with his Netflix documentary Cooked, lets us remember that eating doesn’t have to be so complicated!
Why it’s great: Maya Adam is a doctor lecturing at the Stanford University School of Medecine, giving inspiring free online Coursera courses about nutrition, and, in this book, she provides practical foodie tips, exploring the many facets of healthy eating for families around the world.
Certified Personal Trainer
M.D. Jason Fung has made understanding weight gain simple, but by telling you everything you know is wrong.
He breaks weight gain down into three major categories: Hormonal, Metabolic, and Caloric, and describes in depth how these components work.
He shows in-depth research and how nutrition coupled with his 3 areas of concern, can be controlled to fix weight and weight-related health issues. His understanding and breakdown of nutrition and the body are perfectly simple, and a scientific solution.
The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-term Health – Justin Sonnenburg, Erica Sonnenburg, Andrew Weil, M.D.
Justin and Erica Sonnenburg (Stanford University’s finest) show us an in depth look of the study of the relationship between the micro organisms in our bodies and the physiological role they play in manipulating our health.
They present a well thought out and scientifically based thesis of nutrition, and why changes to diet, antibiotic over-use, and many other modern food related imprints have caused our gut microbiota to change in negative ways.
From food allergies to depression, they make the case of the connection and what we can do to stop this through nutrition.
Stock-trader | Entrepreneur | Gymnast
This is the most comprehensive and well-researched book I’ve read on the brain and preventing .
The author covers nutrition, exercise, brain training, and other pointers to improve our command center.
Masleyalso was not selling products.The book was focused on educating the audience and the value of keeping our brain sharp.
Although scientific, the author presents information in simple terms and has a fantastic writing style.
Get Off Your Acid: 7 Steps in 7 Days to Lose Weight, Fight Inflammation, and Reclaim Your Health and Energy – Daryl Gioffre
While had no weight to lose and had tried many other things before I stumbled on this and I am glad to have found this book.
It is not a trendy diet, but a life-changing way of eating. I had an abscess that was not healing even after multiple rounds of antibiotics, but now it is gone. My body is healing itself.
If you are looking to really heal your body, take control of medical complications, manage or reverse chronic health conditions, this is a great book.
Founder, Lectin Free Mama
The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain – Dr. Steven R. Gundry, M.D.
This is the best nutrition book of all time.
The Plant Paradox is the first nutrition book I’ve read that theorizes *exactly* what triggers autoimmunity in the body.
Many anti-inflammatory and autoimmune type diets are on the right track–the Plant Paradox hits the nail on the head.
The book outlines a nutritional approach to healing, based on a well-supported theory that specific dietary proteins are capable of tricking the immune system into attacking the body’s own healthy tissue.
Simply eliminating these proteins from the diet has helped not only me, but thousands of my readers achieve remission from autoimmune and chronic health conditions.
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist | Certified Personal Trainer
How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy by Paul Chek could be one of the best books on health ever written.
Paul is able to take complex concepts and bring them down to a level that at many times seems overly simplistic. Don’t be fooled by the simple and practical steps that are presented in this book as they are the foundation of health that many people in today’s society poorly need.
What if we had a time machine and could go back in time to before our health was such a pressing concern?
Well we may not have a time machine but we had a man that was well before his time in Weston A. Price.
Price was a well respected dentist from Cleveland Ohio and in the 1920-30’s he saw an increasing about of dental issues in children coming to see him.
Price set out in search for the reason why and it lead him on a journey around the world to research many of the last remaining aboriginal people. People not consuming or effected by process food.
What he found was amazing, to say the least, and that is why this book is a must-read for any person working in the health and nutrition field.
Cancer Survivor | Health Enthusiast | Blogger
Dr. Shanahan uses the book to take a hard look at modern eating habits and processed foods, and how they are damaging us.
It’s a great studio on how the body works and the dangers of a lot of things we take for granted. The reading can be a bit dense in places, but it’s an amazing book.
Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating – M.D. Walter C. Willett
This is a lighter read than the above, but it provides an excellent guide to the issues with different fad diets, how to choose healthy alternatives, and the problems of a carb-heavy diet. This one is written for the general public.
Life Coach | Founder ,ThePowerMoves
The big pro of this book is its groundbreaking simplicity.
Food Rules embraces no single diet and doesn’t ban any food or class of food. It gives readers instead a few simple guidelines which you can start applying right off the bat on your way to a healthier life.
I thought I was being health conscious by reading the labels and choosing my food accordingly. This book opened my eye by telling me that labels are bad news in general.
Because labels mean “processed food”. And we should consume more whole food, which comes without labels.