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Understanding Nutrition Hardcover – Black & White, January 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0538734653 ISBN-10: 0538734655 Edition: 12th

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  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 12 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0538734655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0538734653
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New Features

  • "Try It" activities added to this edition accompany the "How To" lessons to promote active learning and encourage users to practice the problem-solving tasks outlined in the "How To" sections. Additional "Try It" activities can be found in CengageNOW and WebTutor for BlackBoard® and WebCT®.

  • In this edition, the questions in the "Nutrition Portfolio" feature are now correlated to Diet Analysis Plus and require users to use the dietary tracking information to evaluate and compare their personal dietary choices with dietary goals introduced in the text, exploring how their knowledge and behaviors have changed as their understanding of nutrition science progresses.

  • The "Pop-up Tutor" lecture videos developed by Dr. Jessica Coppola at Sacramento City College reinforce key concepts and provide users with further instruction and practice on particularly difficult topics such as metabolism, digestion, and absorption. Users can access the Pop-up Tutors via CengageNOW and WebTutor for BlackBoard and WebCT and through links embedded in the CL eBook and Personalized Learning Plans.

  • Detachable Study Cards at the end of the book provide concise summaries of the key chapter concepts along with key figures and study questions. These cards are perforated and designed for users to use as a quick review for exams.

  • Highlight in Chapter 4 explores the roles of carbohydrates in weight gain and in weight loss.

  • Updated coverage throughout every chapter in the Twelfth Edition presents the field's latest developments, including:
    • A new section that introduces the Healthy Eating Index and evaluates the current American diet against dietary guidelines
    • Additional information on nutritional genomics and a new figure illustrating nutrient regulation of gene expression
    • Coverage of the ACSM's 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
    • More information on childhood obesity
    • Research updates on dozens of other topics

Additional Features

  • "Nutrition on the Net" sections provide users with current websites to access additional information about chapter topics.

  • Praised by reviewers, Chapter 7, "Metabolism: Transformations and Interactions," offers a clear, in-depth, and accurate presentation of this difficult nutrition topic, featuring user-friendly use of familiar phrases and attractive art while retaining the level of science that is expected for this course.

  • "Nutrition in Your Life" chapter openers introduce and engage users by connecting chapter topics to applications in users' lives. This feature is revisited at the end of each chapter in the "Nutrition Portfolio" sections.

  • At the end of each chapter, "Nutrition Portfolio" sections invite users to evaluate and compare their personal dietary choices with dietary goals introduced in the text. The "Nutrition Portfolio" questions are now correlated to Diet Analysis Plus.

  • "How To" sections guide readers through problem-solving tasks, such as calculating energy intake from the grams of carbohydrate, fat, and protein in a food. In this edition, each "How To" feature is accompanied by "Try It" activities for users to practice these skills.



See this title's supplement:

Diet Analysis Plus 2-Semester Printed Access Card (10th Edition)


Further reference for this edition:

Download the Transition Guide to Understanding Nutrition (12th Edition)


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.

Customer Reviews

I bought this book for my daughter for her summer school nutrition class.
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It's also a book that you will want to keep, rather than sell it back to a bookstore because it's great reference material.
Deanna Bates
This book lays everything out just right so it's easy to understand and learn things.
Kayla Moran

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deanna Bates on December 30, 2011
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I rented this book through Chegg last year for my nutrition class. If I had known ahead of time how helpful this book was going to be, I would've purchased it instead of just renting it. I got an A+ in my nutrition class and it's partly because of this book. I'm a nursing major so I definitely recommend this book for all future nurses. It's also a book that you will want to keep, rather than sell it back to a bookstore because it's great reference material.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By mommytoallgirls on February 16, 2011
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This was a required textbook for a Nutrition class. It is very informative but not written in such a way that it's difficult to grasp. The layout of the book is great as well. There are definitions in the margins as well as charts and graphs. NICE BOOK!!
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54 of 71 people found the following review helpful By unhappy camper on April 3, 2010
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Buyer beware. Purchasing this book through Amazon might save you a few bucks but you aren't purchasing the same version of the book you would get in a university bookstore. The Amazon version does not contain an access code to connect to the supplemental web support referenced multiple times in this textbook. When I called customer support I was told that since Amazon doesn't specifically say the book contains the access code, I shouldn't have expected it to. Thanks, Amazon.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tommy P Pants on August 13, 2011
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I ordered the "Updated" version ISBN-13: 978-1133108535. I received ISBN-13: 978-0538734653, the non-updated version. Luckily, it will work for my class...but it is NOT what I ordered, nor what I wanted. Yes, I verified the link and the ISBN numbers to make sure I didn't just make a mistake when ordering my books. This is either a website error...or Seller error.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Cummings on July 17, 2011
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I bought this for a class I was taking but have found it to be a great tool for my life as well. I refer back to it quite often and was even able to buy the digital version and download it to my iPod for constant reference. The digital version takes practically no space on teh iPod but has all the same information, pictures, tables, graphs, and table of contents as the book and is also searchable. I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in health and diet. This is not a diet book - it is a reference book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. A. on April 7, 2012
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This is a great book. Very easy to read & informative. I did not buy it for a class. I wanted to learn more about nutrition and found this book to be very helpful. There are different versions of the book. You may have to contact the seller to find out which version you are getting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tellafrend on September 17, 2011
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This is a great book for school or just to get some insight into the human body and how food affects it. It's easy to read and has a lot of good diagrams. Because of the decent price of this textbook and the content, I would definitely recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Hun on September 11, 2012
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If I would have bought the book and not rented the kindle version it would have been more economical. The resale value would have offset the savings of renting. The one advantage of kindle is the search function for an online class.

As far as the knowledge it was sufficient for what I needed.
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