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Top 14 Nutrition Books You Must Read At College

Enough of those pizza takeaways! Take control of your diet and massively improve your health. The grades will follow!

We get it. College is a hectic mess of completing assignments, showing up to class all while trying to have fun. How can a student come even close to fitting in a cooking session to keep healthy?

These books understand this. They give simple yet effective tips, with great recipes that won’t bust the bank. They’re all must reads, but if you have to pick one, make sure it’s the

#1 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide by Roberta Larson Duyff

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide by Roberta Larson Duyff
Who suggested this book?
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide by Roberta Larson Duyff was recommended by Melissa Morris from Exercise. You can find out more about Melissa Morris here or read their book recommendation below.

This book is based on factual nutrition information, does not push a specific diet, and is presented in an organized and easy to understand method. The author is a registered dietician and this book is supported by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which is the leading professional organization for registered dieticians. It gives everything college students (and other audiences) need to know and understand about nutrition and healthy eating, it is not expensive, and it can serve as a reference book on a number of important topics.

#2 Fakeaway: Fast Food Made Healthy by Adrian Martin

Fakeaway: Fast Food Made Healthy by Adrian Martin
Who suggested this book?
The Fakeaway: Fast Food Made Healthy by Adrian Martin was recommended by Jenna Faccenda from Casemate IPM. You can find out more about Jenna Faccenda here or read their book recommendation below.

Everyone loves takeout, but we have never been more aware of its impact on our health and wallets. So Adrian Martin has made it his mission to prove that you can enjoy your favorite treats with much less work than you might expect, and for a fraction of the price. Using tips and tricks he has picked up from working in some of Ireland’s top restaurants and many late nights of trial and error, Adrian’s recipes let you recreate your favorite fast foods using easily accessibly and healthy ingredients. From burgers to Chinese to fish and chips, curries, pizza, and wings, a night in has never looked so good!

#3 Tweet Treats by Jane Travers

Tweet Treats by Jane Travers
Who suggested this book?
The Tweet Treats by Jane Travers was recommended by Jenna Faccenda from Casemate IPM. You can find out more about Jenna Faccenda here or read their book recommendation below.

Tweet Treats is a recipe book with a difference- all recipes fit into one ‘tweet’ of up of 140 characters! Conceived on Twitter, the book is a collaborative project, containing recipes tweeted by people from all over the world, including many celebrities- authors, journalists, musicians & TV personalities. Packed with tasty, quick recipes that actually work, Tweet Treats is ideal for food lovers who are short on time: it’s the perfect book for the modern cook!

#4 Emotional Eating S.O.S.! by Natalia Rose

Emotional Eating S.O.S.! by Natalia Rose
Who suggested this book?
The Emotional Eating S.O.S.! by Natalia Rose was recommended by Natalia Rose from Detox The World. You can find out more about Natalia Rose here or read their book recommendation below.

This book is for anyone who wishes to live and eat without feeling burdened by the body, including those who have ever purged after eating too much because they couldn’t manage safe boundaries around consumption.

This is for anyone who wants to understand why, despite finding success in other areas of life, they still wind up feeling powerless around food. Emotional eating and poor body image have cast a dark shadow over your life for too long.

We hope that this book will help release you from the social myths and toxic behaviors that have robbed joy, health, and freedom from the fabric of your life experience.

#5 The F*ck It Diet by Caroline Dooner

The F*ck It Diet by Caroline Dooner
Who suggested this book?
The The F*ck It Diet by Caroline Dooner was recommended by Rachel Larkey, RD, CDN, CLC from Community Healthcare Network. You can find out more about Rachel Larkey’s book recommendation below.

This book breaks down why dieting doesn’t work, and how to form a better relationship with food and your body. Caroline uses funny anecdotes, salty language, and health literate explanations of scientific research. It’s eye opening for anyone who has been on multiple diets and is tired of hating their bodies and being scared of food. It would be life changing for college students, who are often pressured not to gain the freshmen 15, and who aren’t encouraged to embrace and love their bodies while they focus on more important things.

#6 The Clever Guts Diet by Dr Michael Mosley

The Clever Guts Diet by Dr Michael Mosley
Who suggested this book?
The The Clever Guts Diet by Dr Michael Mosley was recommended by the gut health specialists from Healthpath. You can find out more about the gut healt specialists or read their book recommendation below.

Don’t be misled by the title: this book isn’t about eating less for weight loss, it’s about eating more to make your gut microbiome thrive. Michael Mosley, a trained doctor and celebrated medical journalist, explains why many of our microbiomes are in such bad shape—and shows us what to do via recipes, meal plans and more.

#7 10% Human by Alanna Collen

10% Human by Alanna Collen
Who suggested this book?
The 10% Human by Alanna Collen was recommended by Fiona Lawson from Healthpath. You can find out more about Fiona Lawson here or read their book recommendation below.

Although the headline statistic has been debunked (new findings suggest we are roughly equal parts human and bacteria), there’s still much to enjoy in this book. Biologist Alanna Collen is a skilled writer, using images and metaphors to make this complex topic easy to understand. She’s also refreshingly honest about what science can’t yet answer.

#8 The Digestive Health Solution by Benjamin I. Brown

The Digestive Health Solution by Benjamin I. Brown
Who suggested this book?
The The Digestive Health Solution by Benjamin I. Brown was recommended by Fiona Lawson from Healthpath. You can find out more about Fiona Lawson here or read their book recommendation below.

Naturopath and nutritionist Ben Brown is known for his rigorous analysis of scientific research. In this book, he gathers all the clinical pearls gleaned from academic studies to create a clear, practical guide to conquering IBS. We warn you: you’ll never look at kiwis the same way again.

#9 Be Good to Your Gut by Eve Kalinik

Be Good to Your Gut by Eve Kalinik
Who suggested this book?
The Be Good to Your Gut by Eve Kalinik was recommended by Fiona Lawson from Healthpath. You can find out more about Fiona Lawson here or read their book recommendation below.

This is like a nutritional therapy session in a book. Not only does nutritional therapist Eve Kalinik motivate you to improve your gut health by explaining how your digestion influences your wellbeing, she also gives you 80 IBS-friendly recipes.

#10 The Diet Myth by Tim Spector

The Diet Myth by Tim Spector
Who suggested this book?
The The Diet Myth by Tim Spector was recommended by Fiona Lawson from Healthpath. You can find out more about Fiona Lawson here or read their book recommendation below.

Professor Tim Spector is at the coalface of microbiome research, and he’s also a massive foodie. This book goes into the nitty-gritty of how our gut microbiomes affect our food preferences and our health. Expect a good dose of science with a side of personal anecdotes.

#11 The Gut Makeover by Jeannette Hyde

The Gut Makeover by Jeannette Hyde
Who suggested this book?
The The Gut Makeover by Jeannette Hyde was recommended by Fiona Lawson from Healthpath. You can find out more about Fiona Lawson here or read their book recommendation below.

Nutritional therapist Jeannette Hyde works with many busy professionals, so she knows that eating well needs to be easy. In this book she’s created a simple, realistic four-week plan to improve your gut health using foods you’d find in your local supermarket. This book has sold consistently well since its release, and for good reason.

#12 Healthy Gut, Healthy You by Dr. Michael Ruscio

Healthy Gut, Healthy You by Dr. Michael Ruscio
Who suggested this book?
The Healthy Gut, Healthy You by Dr. Michael Ruscio was recommended by Fiona Lawson from Healthpath. You can find out more about Fiona Lawson here or read their book recommendation below.

Michael Ruscio is Functional Medicine Practitioner based in California, US. In this impressive, self-published tome, he presents a step-by-step guide to improving your gut health. No detail is left to chance—right down to how many pots of supplements you’ll need.

#13 The Good Gut by Justin Sonnenburg

The Good Gut by Justin Sonnenburg
Who suggested this book?
The The Good Gut by Justin Sonnenburg was recommended by Fiona Lawson from Healthpath. You can find out more about Fiona Lawson here or read their book recommendation below.

In the world of gut research, Justin and Erica Sonnenberg are a golden couple. Both researchers at prestigious Stanford University, they’ve distilled what they’ve learnt in this co-authored book. Along with a deep dive into the science, expect to learn about gut-loving foods, simple lifestyle tweaks and even safe alternatives to antibiotics.

#14 Brain Makeover by Phyllis Ginsberg

Brain Makeover by Phyllis Ginsberg
Who suggested this book?
The Brain Makeover by Phyllis Ginsberg was recommended by Fiona Lawson from Healthpath. You can find out more about Fiona Lawson here or read their book recommendation below.

Your gut microbiome influences more than your digestion—it could even affect your mental health. That’s the powerful message in this book from neurologist Dr David Perlmutter. He doesn’t shy away from addressing sensitive topics such as Alzheimer’s and autism, which makes for a compelling (if occasionally unsettling) read.


Who contributed to this article?

Melissa Morris from Exercise

Jenna Faccenda from Casemate IPM

Natalia Rose from Detox The World

Rachel Larkey from N/A

Fiona Lawson from Healthpath

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