Understanding Nutrition,
4th Edition

Ellie Whitney, Sharon Rady Rolfes, Tim Crowe, Adam Walsh

ISBN-13: 9780170424431
Copyright 2020 | Published
856 pages | List Price: USD $107.25

Understanding Nutrition introduces you to the core principles of nutrition with a focus on Australia and New Zealand. It will give you the knowledge and skills you need to improve the health and wellbeing of others. The text includes current nutrition guidelines, recommendations and public health nutrition issues that are relevant to you now, and when you’re working in the field of nutrition. Understanding Nutrition begins with topics such as diet planning, macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, and follows with chapters on diet and health, fitness, life span nutrition and food safety.


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

IBC + 2 pp Nutrient reference values

  • Ellie Whitney

    Ellie Whitney grew up in New York City and received her B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English and Biology at Harvard and Washington Universities. She taught at both Florida State University and Florida A&M University, wrote numerous 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 spent three decades exploring outdoor Florida and studying its ecology, and then co-wrote PRICELESS FLORIDA: NATURAL ECOSYSTEMS AND NATIVE SPECIES. Now retired, and more concerned about climate change than any other issue, she volunteers full-time for the nonpartisan national nonprofit Citizens Climate Lobby.

  • Sharon Rady Rolfes

    Sharon Rady Rolfes is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and founding member of Nutrition and Health Associates, an information resource center that manages a research database of more than 1,000 nutrition-related topics. Previously, Ms. Rolfes taught at Florida State University and coauthored several college textbooks, including Understanding Nutrition, and Understanding Normal and Clinical Nutrition. In addition to writing, Ms. Rolfes consults on educational projects and volunteers in her community. A member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she received her M.S. in Nutrition and Food Science from Florida State University.

  • Tim Crowe

    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.

  • Adam Walsh

    Dr Adam Walsh is a senior lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics in the School of Behavioural Science at ACU 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.

  • Learning objectives now start each chapter and tie to 'Review it' summaries at the end of each objective

  • NEW content covered in end-of-chapter highlights including current research, public health campaigns (e.g. sugar tax), circadian rhythms and dietary dysregulation, and food security

  • MindTap eLearning resources have been updated including a streamlined learning path

  • Extensive update to chapter 8 highlight: Eating disorders

  • Each chapter opens with a set of questions called 'Putting common sense to the test' to assess the students' intuitive beliefs about the content of the chapter. Answers appear in the margins when the topic is discussed in the chapter, and are explained fully at the end of the chapter so that learning is consolidated

  • Chapter feature boxes include 'Current research in nutrition', which provides details of up-to-date nutritional research; and 'Applications of nutrition research' which demonstrate the practical applications of nutritional science so that students understand the application of theory

  • 'How to ...' step-by-step guides take students through common tasks related to understanding nutrition, such as calculating energy intake, to equip them for their future careers

  • 'Review it' allows students to check their understanding as they progress through the chapter; and 'Extend your learning' in the margins provide additional information on key topics

  • Australian Dietary Guidelines connect students with the science of health and nutrition they are learning in each chapter

  • At the end of the chapter, the Nutrition Portfolio prompts students to consider whether their personal choices are meeting the dietary goals introduced by the chapter

  • Study questions, Nutrition calculations, Nutrition on the 'net, and Search Me! provide multiple activities so that students can extend their knowledge and consolidate their learning at the end of every chapter

  • 'Highlights', with activities, provide students with an in-depth look at a current, and often controversial topic, for student discussion and analysis

  • Essential reference tools, such as Nutrient reference tables and Body Mass Index are included on the inside covers so that students can access helpful practical information at a glance

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