Ask the Anytime Gal: How do I know which book to buy on nutrition?

Question: I’m looking to learn a bit more about nutrition, but with so many books on the store shelves, how do I know which one is the right one?

Answer: Good question! It’s hard to sort through all the clutter as you peruse the book store shelves, but there are a few things you can do to narrow down the list. First of all, find out as much as you can about the author of a particular book, either by reading the back of the book or by going to their website. Does the individual have nutrition credentials? You’d be surprised how many so-called experts write books about topics they have little to no knowledge of. I would also recommend reading the books reviews on or some other similar website. You’ll typically see commentary from consumers as well as experts, so you get varied opinions about the premise and basic contents of the book. It’s also helpful to read a passage or two—do you see anything that sounds too good to be true? This is almost always a red flag for misinformation. Lastly, and maybe most importantly, seek out a nutrition expert and get their recommendations. Most experts stay fairly well-read, so they’ll have a lot of insight into the best books out there!

About the author: Andrea Ivins is the club manager and Zumba Instructor at Anytime Fitness in Palestine, TX. To submit a question for future articles, please contact the author at or

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