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Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies Paperback
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I have used the information in this book to help some friends who WERE experiencing weight gain and I am glad that they have told me my suggestions were key for them to lose weight.
This book will not disappoint you. Recommended 5 stars
A textbook's primary purpose is to inform the reader of its chosen topic and Nutrition: Concepts & Controversies is no different. It contains an incredible amount of knowledge in many areas of nutrition which gives the reader a basic foundation in this area. For instance the textbook goes through topics such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins as well as vitamins, minerals, and other topics as well. It even includes modern controversial nutrition topics such as "Osteoporosis: can lifestyle choices reduce the risks?" (317). The textbook explains these controversies and debunks false popular misconceptions. The knowledge is also presented in a way that helps readers apply the nutritional information to their own diet making it practical as well.
Although there is a wealth of information, Nutrition: Concepts & Controversies is far from boring since it has an interesting style of writing. Easy language is used throughout to explain the information making it straightforward and simple to grasp. Easy language is more interesting since it's not hard to understand what is written and helps to hold the reader's attention. For instance when carbohydrates are first introduced, the textbook initially begins by explaining how the simple carbohydrates - the sugars - are formed from the sunlight in plants. It writes, "Through photosynthesis, plants combine carbon dioxide, water, and the sun's energy to form glucose" (107). This helps the reader to understand things right from the very beginning of carbohydrate synthesis and lays the foundation for further information on the topic. The authors also wrote their textbook in an affable manner, making the reader feel as if they are conversing with him as opposed to reading plain dry facts. The controversies the authors present are contemporary issues that affect most people which further promote a reader's interest.
What strikes the reader immediately when looking at this textbook is the pleasing appearance of the text. Each page has an excellent layout and includes many graphical illustrations and photographs. There are also many charts and graphs to facilitate comprehension of the information. Looking through this textbook is a pleasurable experience overall.
Nutrition: Concepts & Controversies is the perfect nutrition textbook for instructors and students alike. The authors Sizer and Whitney create a refreshing, palatable text that provides a wealth of important nutritional information in an appealing and easy format. This is definitely a textbook that students will want to keep when the semester is over instead of selling back.