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LIBRARY GUIDE TO HS 4150 - Nutrient Metabolism

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  1. Bijlefeld, M., & Zoumbaris, S. K. (2014). Encyclopedia of diet fads: Understanding science and society, 2nd edition: Understanding science and society (2nd ed.). Westport: Greenwood.
  2. Duyff, R. L., & American Dietetic Association. (2012). American dietetic association complete food and nutrition guide (4th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
  3. Francis, A., & Thomson Gale (Firm). (2016). Can diets be harmful?. Farmington Hills, Mich: Greenhaven Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning.
  4. Hoffman, R., & Gerber, M. (2012;2013;). The mediterranean diet: Health and science (1st ed.). Ames, Iowa;Chichester, West Sussex, UK;: Wiley-Blackwell.
  5. Key, K., & Thomson Gale (Firm). (2013). The gale encyclopedia of diets: A guide to health and nutrition (2nd ed.). Detroit, Mich: Gale, Cengage Learning
  6. Mahan, L. K., & Escott-Stump, S. (2004). Krause's food, nutrition, & diet therapy (11th ed.). Philadelphia: Saunders.
  7. Martin, C. R., Preedy, V. R., & Watson, R. R. (2011). Handbook of behavior, food and nutrition (2011;1; ed.). New York: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-0-387-92271-3
  8. Robbins, J. (1987). Diet for a new america. Walpole, NH: Stillpoint.
  9. Zacharias, E. (2012). The mediterranean diet: A Clinician’s guide for patient care (1) (2012th ed.). New York, NY: Springer New York. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-3326-2
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