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Understanding Nutrition [Print Replica] [Kindle Edition]

Eleanor Noss Whitney , Sharon Rady Rolfes
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Used by more than one million students, Ellie Whitney and Sharon Rady Rolfes' UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION is THE best-selling introductory nutrition text on the market today! While maintaining the stellar quality and support that discerning instructors demand for the majors course, the Thirteenth Edition takes UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION to a new level with an integrated pedagogy, along with an emphasis on active learning, assignable content, and integrated resources that support instructors' course objectives and students' future career opportunities. From its beautiful and carefully developed art program to its strong science base, contemporary coverage, and market-leading supplements, the Thirteenth Edition of UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION connects with its readers and continues to set the standard for texts in this market. This text includes 20 chapters beginning with core nutrition topics, such as diet planning, macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, and following with chapters on diet and health, fitness, life span nutrition, food safety, and world hunger. Praised for its consistent level, approachable narrative, and careful explanations of key topics, UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION connects with students--engaging them as it teaches the basic concepts and applications of nutrition. Take a fresh look at UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION.
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1. An Overview of Nutrition. Highlight: Nutrition Information and Misinformation--On the Net and in the News. 2. Planning a Healthy Diet. Highlight: Vegetarian Diets. 3. Digestion, Absorption, and Transport. Highlight: Common Digestive Problems. 4. The Carbohydrates: Sugars, Starches, and Fibers. Highlight: Carbs, Calories, and Controversies. 5. The Lipids: Triglycerides, Phospholipids, and Sterols. Highlight: High-Fat Foods--Friend or Foe? 6. Protein: Amino Acids. Highlight: Nutritional Genomics. 7. Metabolism: Transformations and Interactions. Highlight: Alcohol and Nutrition. 8. Energy Balance and Body Composition. Highlight: Eating Disorders. 9. Weight Management: Overweight, Obesity, and Underweight. Highlight: The Latest and Greatest Weight-Loss Diet--Again. 10. The Water-Soluble Vitamins: B Vitamins and Vitamin C. Highlight: Vitamin and Mineral Supplements. 11. The Fat-Soluble Vitamins: A, D, E, and K. Highlight: Antioxidant Nutrients in Disease Prevention. 12. Water and the Major Minerals. Highlight: Osteoporosis and Calcium. 13. The Trace Minerals. Highlight: Phytochemicals and Functional Foods. 14. Fitness: Physical Activity, Nutrients, and Body Adaptations. Highlight: Supplements as Ergogenic Aids. 15. Life Cycle Nutrition: Pregnancy and Lactation. Highlight: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. 16. Life Cycle Nutrition: Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence. Highlight: Childhood Obesity and the Early Development of Chronic Diseases. 17. Life Cycle Nutrition: Adulthood and the Later Years. Highlight: Nutrient-Drug Interactions. 18. Diet and Health. Highlight: Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 19. Consumer Concerns about Foods and Water. Highlight: Food Biotechnology. 20. Hunger and the Global Environment. Highlight: Environmentally-Friendly Food Choices. Appendix A Cells, Hormones, and Nerves. Appendix B Basic Chemistry Concepts. Appendix C Biochemical Structures and Pathways. Appendix D Measures of Protein Quality. Appendix E Nutrition Assessment. Appendix F Physical Activity and Energy Requirements. Appendix G United States: Exchange Lists. Appendix H Table of Food Composition. Appendix I WHO: Nutrition. Recommendations Canada: Choice. System and Guidelines. Appendix J Healthy People 2010. Glossary. Index. Dietary Reference Intakes. Aids to Calculations. Daily Values for Food Labels. Glossary of Nutrient Measures. Body Mass Index.

About the Author

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 faculties at Florida State University and Florida A&M University and a dietitian registered with the American Dietetic Association, she now devotes full 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, 12th EDITION; UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION, 12th EDITION; UNDERSTANDING NORMAL AND CLINICAL NUTRITION, 9th EDITION; and NUTRITION AND DIET THERAPY, 7th EDITION, all with Cengage 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.

Sharon Rady Rolfes received her M.S. in nutrition and food science from Florida State University. She is a founding member of Nutrition and Health Associates, an information resource center that maintains a research database on over 1,000 nutrition-related topics. She has taught at Florida State University and coauthored several other college textbooks, including UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION and NUTRITION FOR HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE. In addition to writing, she serves as a consultant for various educational projects. Her volunteer work includes serving on the board of Working Well, a community initiative dedicated to creating a healthy workforce. She maintains her registration as a dietitian and membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good buy, but could be better... August 13, 2012
By cupcake
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm not a fan of the yearly releases of Understanding Nutrition, as they usually contain the same exact guidelines as the past editions. The book itself is an easy read, especially for being a college textbook. The diagrams and tables also make a great visual aid to go along with the text.

Just be aware that this book does not contain the media access code that most college students need along with the book. I'm not complaining, but it is a fact and might help others who are looking at buying this book from amazon and not their college bookstore. Amazon could make this a better deal by selling the media code separately or make a bundle deal with the book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honestly the best book on the market March 2, 2013
This is honestly the best book on this topic. It's inconceivable to imagine a textbook that could be better written than this one. All the topics have been covered in-depth, and most topics require a foundation in biology and chemistry (BOTH OF WHICH are given coverage of within the book - no prerequisite required). You do not need to read the book after gaining a solid foundation in chemistry/biology because both of them are covered within the book - rather you just need to make sure that you read the Appendices and other information provided.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent.. December 9, 2012
I bought this book for my college Nutrition class...when it was much more expensive!

I find this book decent. It gives a lot of information, but I feel it actually frowns upon important current issues - promising high fructose corn syrup is 100% safe, boasting GMO food's benefits, discrediting herbal remedies/supplements and calling it "wive's tales, etc." It can also make you worry about lacking minerals and nutrients if you're a vegetarian.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Access Code June 4, 2014
Format:Loose Leaf|Verified Purchase
It's strange that THIS is the first result when I typed, "Understanding Nutrition 13th Edition WITH ACCESS CODE". It would be helpful if it were clarified somewhere that this book does NOT come with an access code. Waste of time getting it and having to return it to UPS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version Is just like the hardcopy April 3, 2014
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I rented the Kindle edition and I am using this book for my nutrition class as part of the curriculum of addiction counseling. But it has so many interesting things that I am planing to buy it. I also have the hardcopy of this book which when finish with it I am planing to sell back. Is a very heavy book. Both books are with identical text up to now. But I prefer the Kindle edition because of the price and the ability of zooming for better reading. Unfortunate is not audiobook, like my others books on my Kindle.
By reading this book, I finally understand why I gain so much weight and has been impossible to lose it no matter what I do. Now I see foods differently and when I go to do my grocery I do smart shopping by selecting nutrient value foods.
Very good Book
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Book January 7, 2014
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I like the book and the idea it is loose leaf so you can take out the pages easy, HOWEVER, you would think that for 128.00 they could at least include the binder with it! I had to go to the store and pay an additional sum for the binder. If you order this book, order a 2" binder for maximum room...I would give 5 stars if they had included the binder..even for an additional charge!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic Textbook May 19, 2014
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I had to use this for Nutrition. It was very helpful but like most science textbooks, it was very wordy. It was well organized.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book May 13, 2014
By Maymay
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learn a whole lot from this book. great edition, pictures etc. very satisfied. Anyone taking a nutrition class is a must.
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