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Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies, 12th Edition Paperback – Mini Calendar, June 2, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0538734943 ISBN-10: 0538734949 Edition: 12th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Cengage Learning; 12th edition (June 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0538734949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0538734943
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Frances Sizer, M.S., RD, FADA, is certified as a charter Fellow of the American Dietetic Association. She is also a founding member and vice president of Nutrition and Health Associates, a Florida-based information and resource center that maintains an online bibliographic database tracking system that conducts research in more than 1,000 topic areas of nutrition. In addition to the best-selling NUTRITION: CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERSIES, Sizer was a primary author of the first ever instructional and animated NUTRITION INTERACTIVE CD-ROM (Cengage Wadsworth). Her previous publications include NUTRITION CLINICS, a monograph series for health professionals, and the college text THE FITNESS TRIAD: MOTIVATION, TRAINING, AND NUTRITION. In addition to writing, enjoying her family, and schooling her horse in dressage, Sizer is also an active board member of ECHO, a local hunger and homelessness relief organization in her community. Sizer received her B.S. and M.S. in nutrition from Florida State University.

Ellie Whitney, Ph.D. grew up in New York City and received her BA and PhD degrees in English and Biology at Harvard and Washington Universities. She taught at both Florida State University and Florida A&M University, wrote newspaper columns on environmental matters for the TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT, and coauthored almost a dozen college textbooks on nutrition, health, and related topics, many of which repeatedly reappear as new editions. She spen three decades exploring outdoor Florida and studying its ecology, and then cowrote PRICELESS FLORIDA: NATURAL ECOSYSTEMS AND NATIVE SPECIES (Pineapple Press, 2004). Now retired, and more concerned about climate change than any other issue, she volunteers full-time for the nonpartisan national nonprofit Citizens Climate Lobby.

More About the Author

Frances Sizer, M.S., RD, FADA, is certified as a charter Fellow of the American Dietetic Association. She is also a founding member and vice president of Nutrition and Health Associates, a Florida-based information and resource center that maintains an online bibliographic database tracking system that conducts research in more than 1,000 topic areas of nutrition. In addition to the best-selling NUTRITION CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERSIES, Sizer was a primary author of the first ever instructional and animated NUTRITION INTERACTIVE CD-ROM (Cengage Wadsworth). Her previous publications include NUTRITION CLINICS, a monograph series for health professionals, and the college text THE FITNESS TRIAD: MOTIVATION, TRAINING, AND NUTRITION. In addition to writing, enjoying her family, and schooling her horse in dressage, Sizer is also an active board member of ECHO, a local hunger and homelessness relief organization in her community. Sizer received her B.S. and M.S. in nutrition from Florida State University. Ellie Whitney, Ph.D., received her B.A. in biology from Radcliffe College in 1960 and her Ph.D. in biology from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1970. Formerly on the faculty at Florida State University and a dietitian registered with the American Dietetic Association, she now devotes all her time to research, writing, and consulting in nutrition, health, and environmental issues. Her earlier publications include articles in SCIENCE, GENETICS, and other journals. Her textbooks include NUTRITION CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERSIES; UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION; UNDERSTANDING NORMAL AND CLINICAL NUTRITION; NUTRITION AND DIET THERAPY; and NUTRITION FOR HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE, all with Wadsworth. She also recently co-authored PRICELESS FLORIDA (Pineapple Press), a comprehensive text examining the ecosystems in her home state. Her additional interests include energy conservation, solar energy use, alternatively fueled vehicles, and ecosystem restoration.

Customer Reviews

I needed this book very quickly because I needed it for my class.
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I recommend it to anyone looking to improve their diet or in a nutrition class for which this book is required.
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I found the book to be a very easy read with lots of interesting information on health and nutrition.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By spiralgal on September 8, 2010
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This text is written for lower division students, so the biochemistry, physiology and other science topics are necessarily simplified. However, many of the science explanations are too vague or incomplete to make sense and there are numerous errors of fact. Worse, however, is the fact that the authors of this text give no sense of the controversies in nutrition; instead they present opinions with no evidence. There is much we do not know about nutrition, yet the authors seldom reveal any gaps in our understanding. The authors seem to primarily advocate the diet advice of the American Dietetics Association, which is mainstream but does not represent the range of legitimate views about diet among nutrition scientists.

One example: this text avers that ketosis is a dangerous and abnormal state, and that carbohydrates are necessary for good health. This of course is a controversial contention, given the research on low carbohydrate diets. We simply do not have enough information yet to evaluate the risks and benefits of low carbohydrate diets adequately. Yet the authors of this text blithely list a series of potential ill effects from restricting carbohydrates. What really rankled me though is that there are only 3 references given for these bold claims. I looked them up. One is only marginally relevant to the issue. The other 2 do not support the claims they make about ketosis. This is inexcusable.

So my opinion is that the scholarship in this book is poor, that the text parrots the particular diet recommendations of the American Dietetics Association without providing adequate evidence for these recommendations, and that the very exciting and vigorous controversies ongoing in the world of nutrition science are elided, so as to present the appearance that we actually know the answers to these critical questions.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Lemon on January 24, 2011
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This book covered the subject clearly and thoroughly. However, the Kindle downloaded version was lacking. I ended up buying the printed version because the charts are nearly impossible to see, and there are many charts.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Nursing Student 25 on February 9, 2008
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My professor assigned this text for my first ever online course. I was worried that with out the lectures that I would have a hard time understanding the material and properly completing my assignments. I found this text easy to understand and very informative. I really enjoy the controverisies at the end of the chapters. It gives you a relatable aspect of what you just read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard House on April 18, 2010
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I was pleasantly suprised with the quality of this book. I am only about half way through it but it is an easy read, yet it contains a huge amount of information. If you are interested in better understanding of nutrition then this is a good book for you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Muindaur on February 21, 2011
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The book does a great job of not only explaining nutrition, but of explaining the various systems of the body's nutritional needs. Each chapter has a controversies section that goes over the various controversies: carbohydrates, alcohol, and supplements.

I really think the people saying it give out bad information have either not read it, or they don't like the fact it says vitamin or health store supplements are unnecessary unless a doctor prescribes them to make up for deficiencies caused by a disease or medication(or a vegetarian diet.) There are a few other diet scams it warns of, and informs people of the certification they should look for from a doctor that's giving nutritional advice. Others may disagree because they think it's falling into being a government patsy as they feel the food pyramid is invalid(though updated regularly and backed by ACTUAL solid science.) I'm not a fan of the government, but if I'm presented with real science I'm more ready to believe it.

The book promotes that eating meat is fine, but so is being a vegetarian with alternatives such as soy based milks, nuts, and some supplements(another source of potential negative reviews.) As a reader of Eragon(and related) I have one piece of wisdom that I live by: meat or no meat I won't push my values of it on others as both are valid(not a quote but an idea gained after he goes vegan with the Elves, and then feasts with the Dwarves respecting the meat eating customs despite his dislike of them.)

One thing that I found inaccurate thus far is they didn't include fish mercury in the controversies section. It's not an actual issue with fish as some claim it to be. It also includes BMI, but fails to mention that it's not entirely valid: the "Governator" is obese by BMI standards.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Stottlemyer on June 27, 2010
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Another book purchased for my daughter who needed it for a nutrition class at the "local" state college. She has really enjoyed this book. It is well written and balanced in its comments on various topics that can be controversial for some. One part she found funny was the section on alcohol. The book spend quite a bit of time showing how any alcohol is considered a poison to the human body which tries to eliminate it through various means. Having indicated that there is absolutely nothing positive about using alcohol, the book then ends by recommending that one use it in "moderation." Still, she speaks highly of this book and I would recommend it to any who are interested in nutrition.
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