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The Dietitian's Guide to Vegetarian Diets: Issues and Applications Hardcover – April 22, 2004
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This is the third edition of this book. It has been fourteen years since the first edition was published; this edition brings the book up to date with current research and, I presume, it incorporates comments from many years of use by professionals.
The book seems to cover every possible facet of the subject matter. I can only assume that it was developed from a very meticulous analysis of the dietitian's job. The text provides comprehensive coverage of each topic, supplemented by extensive lists of references to aid those who want to read additional academic papers. With the many cited references, the book provides a great review of literature on the subject.
As with many textbooks, the content is dense (in a good way: thorough, complete, and concise) and also a bit "dry." You should give yourself several months to go through this book; it is not intended for a casual weekend read.
I think it would be best to go through this book as part of a university course. If your university does not offer a course on vegetarian diets, perhaps your university will give you credit for studying this book under faculty supervision (as an "honor's research project," for example). I would guess that this book is suitable for a three semester hour university course.
-- Book Intro: An Overview of Vegetarian Diet (pages 1 to 2)
1. Demographics and Definitions (pages 3 to 12)
2. Health Consequences of Vegetarian Diets (pages 13 to 62)
-- Section Intro: Vegetarian Nutrition (pages 63 to 64)
3. Protein (pages 65 to 83)
4. Fats (pages 84 to 107)
5. Calcium (pages 108 to 135)
6. Minerals (pages 136 to 178)
7. Vitamins (pages 179 to 239)
8. Phytochemicals (pages 230 to 248)
9. Soyfoods (pages 249 to 289)
10. Food Guides for Vegetarians (pages 290 to 298)
-- Section Intro: Vegetarian Diets throughout the Life Cycle (pages 299 to 300)
11. Pregnancy and Lactation (pages 301 to 331)
12. Vegetarian Diets in Infancy (pages 332 to 351)
13. Preschool and School-Age Children (pages 352 to 376)
14. Vegetarian Diets for Adolescents (pages 377 to 396)
15. Vegetarian Diets for Older People (pages 397 to 414)
16. Carbohydrates, Fat, and Chronic Disease (pages 417 to 439)
17. Vegetarian Food Preparation (pages 440 to 446)
Vesanto Melina, Brenda Davis" It had the same info in it but written so non medical people like me can understand it. "The Dietitian's Gide to Vegetarian Diets" good research references that you might be able to dig up on the Intenet if you want to hunt down some specifics. But the layman's book was better for me overall.