Understanding Nutrition,
5th Edition

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

ISBN-13: 9780170457972
Copyright 2023 | Published
840 pages | List Price: USD $104.00

Whitney’s Understanding Nutrition is a comprehensive and balanced undergraduate text for introductory nutrition courses. Along with clear scientific principles you will learn about how science affects healthy diet choices. Understanding Nutrition has a solid reputation for equipping students to understand nutrition science and application with regionally relevant issues, images and foods.


1. An overview of nutrition
2. Planning a healthy diet
3. Digestion, absorption and transport
4. The carbohydrates: sugar, starches and dietary fibre
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, obesity 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

  • 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.

  • NEW end-of-chapter highlights include updates to Vitamin D supplementation, Covid-19

  • NEW content on ultra-processed food, nutrient profiling, diet and mental health, metabolic disorders caused by nutrient excess, the gut microbiome in obesity

  • NEW content on nutrition inequality

  • 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 provides additional information on key topics Australian Dietary Guidelines connect students with the science of health and nutrition they are learning in each chapter, and up-to-date New Zealand guidelines have been included, covering eating and activity as well as nutritional fortifications 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 MindTap - Premium online teaching and learning tools are available on the MindTap platform - the personalised eLearning solution. MindTap is a flexible and easy-to-use platform that helps build student confidence and gives you a clear picture of their progress. We partner with you to ease the transition to digital – we're with you every step of the way. MindTap for Whitney's Understanding Nutrition is full of innovative resources to support critical thinking, and help your students move from memorisation to mastery! Includes: Whitney's Understanding Nutrition eBook; videos, animations, concept checks. MindTap is a premium purchasable eLearning tool. Contact your Cengage learning consultant to find out how MindTap can transform your course. Instructor Resources Site - Your #1 resource for your course. This tailored collection of teaching tools includes downloadable PowerPoint lecture slides, Instructor's Manual, and Test Bank with customisable questions for quizzes and assessments. The Instructor's Manual is packed with content that helps you set up and administer your class. Log in or request an account to access instructor resources at au.cengage.com/instructor/account for Australia or nz.cengage.com/instructor/account for New Zealand. Cognero Test Bank - A bank of questions has been developed in conjunction with the text for creating quizzes, tests and exams for your students. Create multiple test versions in an instant and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want using Cognero. Cognero test generator is a flexible online system that allows you to import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favourite test questions. This is MindTap for Whitney's Understanding Nutrition. Please purchase MindTap only when directed by your instructor. When your instructor creates a course using MindTap, they will let you know your course link so you can access the content. Access duration is set by your instructor. MindTap is the next-level online learning tool that helps you get better grades! MindTap gives you the resources you need to study – all in one place and available when you need them. In the MindTap Reader, you can make notes, highlight text and even find a definition directly from the page.

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