Ready to Study Nutrition? | Sue Reeves and Adele Costabile

Thinking about starting a degree in Nutrition? This blog, written by Sue Reeves and Adele Costabile of the School of Life and Health Sciences, will outline some of the things you can read or listen to as you prepare for university.

Nutrition Books

Of course, the first book we are going to recommend is ‘The Study Skills Handbook for Nutritionists and Dietitians’ written by me (Sue Reeves) and Yvonne Jeanes from the Nutrition team at the University of Roehampton. Obviously, we are biased, but we think this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to take control of their learning as it provides all the skills you need for both academic and professional success.

Some popular nutrition books you might like include:

  • The Science of Nutrition by Rhiannon Lambert – The question-and-answer style of this books makes the science easily digestible, yet still evidence based.
  • Eat More Live Well by Megan Rossi – Some great tips for eating more plants and fibre and improving gut health.
  • Why Calories Don’t Count by Dr Giles Yeo – Clear scientific explanation as to why not all calories are equal.
  • Tin Can Cook by Jack Monroe – This book has some excellent suggestions for anyone eating on a budget.

Academic Books

We recommend all the Nutrition Society Textbooks but a good first book to invest in is:

Lanham-New S, Hill TR, Gallagher A & Vorster HH (2019) Introduction to Human Nutrition. 3rd edition. Wiley Blackwell.

If it has been a while since you have done any chemistry, you might like to have a look at this book:

Fisher J. and Arnold J. R. P. (2013) Chemistry for biologists. London: Garland Science.


Podcasts are also a great way to being to learn about the many nuances in nutrition.

Food for thought with Rhiannon Lambert: Rhiannon is a Registered Nutritionist and one of our alumni. Her evidence-based advice and interviews with special guests are well worth a listen

Check out these University of Oxford podcasts on nutrition, that cover obesity, malnutrition, longevity and food waste:

Nutrition Organisations

Our degree in Nutrition and Health at the University of Roehampton is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, so do have a look at their website –

The Nutrition Society is one of the largest learned societies for nutrition in the world and highly regarded. They also have student membership –

The British Nutrition Foundation is a good source of information and they organise many conferences and webinars –

Together with the British Dietetic Association the organisations listed above have formed the Academy of Nutrition Sciences –

Finally, MyNutriweb host some amazing free webinars and an online journal club for students –

See you in September

Don’t worry if you cannot find the time to read and listen to everything, these suggestions are all optional. We will ensure you have the right academic and tutorial support when we start back in September.

For more Nutrition updates follow us on twitter @NutritionRoe

We can’t wait to meet you all when term starts.

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