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Book and Media Reviews
May 21, 2008

Sports Nutrition: Energy Metabolism and Exercise

JAMA. 2008;299(19):2330-2331. doi:10.1001/jama.299.19.2330

This is one of several books by these editors to provide up-to-date information regarding sports nutrition issues. This book happens to focus on several aspects of energy metabolism, with discussions authored by respected scientists. According to the editors, the book is intended to “provide the reader in-depth exploration of important topics that will be of interest to healing and nutrition professionals of all walks.” For the most part, the book lives up to that intention.

The introductory chapter—which is excellent and a must-read for those interested in energy metabolism from a sport perspective—is followed by 3 sections, with associated chapters in each. The authors go into sufficient biochemical, metabolic, and/or physiological detail to explain their view of each area. To that end, they tend to do so in a way that is relatively straightforward, enabling readers of all levels to follow the material presented. Furthermore, the scientific details and references within each chapter are useful and provide the reader with an opportunity to learn why and how certain diets and foods, for example, are used, recommended, or even avoided. To that end, the chapter on protein (“Utilization of Proteins in Energy Metabolism”) was exceptionally well written and provides the reader with multiple views regarding protein in sport and exercise—from protein synthesis issues to regulation of gluconeogenesis via amino acid concentrations in the blood.