Understanding Nutrition,
3rd Edition

Eleanor Whitney, Sharon Rolfes, Tim Crowe, David Cameron-Smith, Adam Walsh

ISBN-13: 9780170366670 | ISBN-10: 0170366677

Copyright 2017

| Published 2016

| 848 pages

List Price USD $120.00


Building upon Ellie Whitney and Sharon Rady Rolfes’ classic text, this third Australian and New Zealand edition of Understanding Nutrition is a practical and engaging introduction to the core principles of nutrition. A thorough introductory guide, this text will equip students with the knowledge and skills required to optimise health and wellbeing. With its focus on Australia and New Zealand, the text incorporates current nutrition guidelines, recommendations and public health nutrition issues relevant to those studying and working in nutrition in this region of the world. The text begins with core nutrition topics, such as diet planning, macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, and follows with chapters on diet and health, fitness, life span nutrition and food safety. Praised for its consistent level and readability, careful explanations of all key topics (including energy metabolism and other complex processes), this is a book that connects with students, engaging them as it teaches them the basic concepts and applications of nutrition.

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Meet the Authors

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Dr Tim Crowe BSc(Hons), MNutrDiet and PhD is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian who has spent most of his career in the world of university nutrition teaching and research. He now works chiefly as a health and medical writer and scientific consultant and speaks on many health topics to the public through both the media, social media and writing for consumer publications.

Professor David Cameron-Smith is Chair in Nutrition and Research Director of the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland. He is a passionate researcher and educator, working to further how food impacts on human biology and the biochemical links between nutrients and human health.

Dr Adam Walsh is a lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University in Melbourne, and an Accredited Practising Dietitian. He teaches into the undergraduate and postgraduate nutrition and dietetics programs in the areas of clinical dietetics, nutritional physiology and paediatric health. Adam’s area of research is the influence of fathers on young children’s nutrition and physical activity behaviours.

  • Margin directions to specific online resources and a NEW Feature matrix further integrate the text with the available interactive online resources including SearchMe! Nutrition and CourseMate website.
  • Updated with the latest in nutrition research and substantially revised to reflect the many changes that have occurred in the field of nutrition.
  • New section on the Gastrointestinal biome in Chapter 3
  • Increased emphasis of New Zealand nutrition issues where they differ from Australian information and legislation are illustrated throughout the text.
  • Updated for the 'Eating and Activity guidelines for NZ', released in 2015, in chapter 2
  • New Critical thinking questions added to Highlights to encourage students to develop clear, rational, open-minded and informed thoughts based on the evidence presented in the highlight.
  • This text continues to tackle student nutrition misconceptions with Nutrition research boxes, SearchMe! Nutrition, NEW Common Sense tests and NEW critical thinking questions in the topical Highlights
  • New Common Sense Test feature for students to think about their own knowledge as it applies to real-world situations and check their understanding.
  • Body Mass Index and other charts on the Inside covers provide students with commonly used information at your fingertips.
  • In Summary sections at the end of each chapter reinforce and highlight important ideas and concepts for students to reflect on.
  • Chapter Outlines give students a broad outline of what each chapter will cover.
  • Students identify key concepts through the NEW Learn it objectives then review what they have learnt with Review it summaries listing key points from each section.
  • Current Research in Nutrition boxes provide students with up-to-date details of nutritional research.
  • Key Terms in bold throughout the text help students to identify and revise key concepts.
  • NEW CourseMate website is your one-stop shop for learning tools and activities that help students succeed. As they study the chapters, students can access an eBook, review with flash cards and animations, and check their understanding of the chapter with interactive quizzing.
  • Application of Nutrition Research boxes help students connect nutrition research with real world applications
  • Nutrition in Your Life chapter openers introduce and engage students by connecting chapter topics to applications in students’ lives.
  • How To boxes offer a step-by-step guide for students, outlining common tasks involved in understanding nutrition.
  • Students can easily navigate the online resources by following the CourseMate margin icons throughout the text. Find answers, activities, animations and more.

Table of Contents

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1. An overview of nutrition
2. Planning a healthy diet
3. Digestion, absorption and transport
4. The carbohydrates: sugar, starches and dietary fibres
5. The lipids: triglycerides, phospholipids, and sterols
6. Protein: amino acids
7. Metabolism: transformations and interactions
8. Energy balance and body composition
9. Weight management: overweight and underweight
10. The water-soluble vitamins: B group vitamins and vitamin C
11. The fat-soluble vitamins: A, D, E, and K
12. Water and the major minerals
13. The trace minerals
14. Fitness: physical activity, nutrients, and body adaptations
15. Life cycle nutrition: pregnancy and lactation
16. Life cycle nutrition: infancy, childhood and adolescence
17. Life cycle nutrition: adulthood and the later years
18. Diet-related disease
19. Consumer concerns about foods and water

App A: Cells, hormones, and nerves
App B: Basic chemistry concepts
App C: Biochemical structures and pathways
App D: Measures of protein quality
App E: Nutrition assessment
App F: Physical activity and energy requirements
App G: Aids to calculations

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Understanding Nutrition

  • ISBN-10: 0170366677
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