Understanding Normal and Clinical Nutrition,
12th Edition

Sharon Rady Rolfes, Kathryn Pinna, Ellie Whitney

ISBN-13: 9780357368107
Copyright 2021 | Published
1120 pages | List Price: USD $359.95

Nourish your mind with UNDERSTANDING NORMAL AND CLINICAL NUTRITION, 12th Edition! Start by learning about normal nutrition, including the effects of food and nutrients on your mental and physical health, and then turn your focus to the clinical side of nutrition and the therapeutic care of people with health problems. Packed with practical information and resources, this text is designed to help you understand and apply nutrition concepts to your daily life as well as to clinical settings. Features in the text include real-life case studies and questions, step-by-step "How To" instruction, detailed illustrations, intriguing vignettes, a full glossary, and much more. Regardless of your background, the authors’ enthusiasm, student-friendly writing, careful explanations, and concise coverage of current topics will inspire you to take a healthy look at the field of nutrition!


1. An Overview of Nutrition.
Highlight 1, Nutrition Information and Misinformation.
2. Planning a Healthy Diet.
Highlight 2, Vegetarian Diets.
3. Digestion, Absorption, and Transport.
Highlight 3, Common Digestive Problems.
4. The Carbohydrates: Sugar, Starches, and Fibers.
Highlight 4, Carbs, kCalories, and Controversies.
5. The Lipids: Triglycerides, Phospholipids, and Sterols.
Highlight 5, High-Fat Foods—Friend or Foe?
6. Protein: Amino Acids.
Highlight 6. Nutritional Genomics.
7. Energy Metabolism.
Highlight 7, Alcohol in the Body.
8. Energy Balance and Body Composition.
Highlight 8, Eating Disorders.
9. Weight Management: Overweight, Obesity, and Underweight.
Highlight 9, The Latest and Greatest Weight-Loss Diet—Again.
10. The Water-Soluble Vitamins: B Vitamins and Vitamin C.
Highlight 10, Vitamin and Mineral Supplements.
11. The Fat-Soluble Vitamins: A, D, E, AND K.
Highlight 11, Antioxidant Nutrients in Disease Prevention.
12. Water and the Major Minerals.
Highlight 12, Osteoporosis and Calcium.
13. The Trace Minerals.
Highlight 13, Phytochemicals and Functional Foods.
14. Life Cycle Nutrition: Pregnancy and Lactation.
Highlight 14, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
15. Life Cycle Nutrition: Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence.
Highlight 15, Childhood Obesity and the Early Development of Chronic Diseases.
16. Life Cycle Nutrition: Adulthood and the Later Years.
Highlight 16, Hunger and Community Nutrition.
17. Nutrition Care and Assessment.
Highlight 17, Nutrition and Immunity.
18. Nutrition Intervention.
Highlight 18, Food Allergies.
19. Medications, Diet-Drug Interactions, and Herbal Products.
Highlight 19, Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
20. Enteral Nutrition Support.
Highlight 20, Inborn Errors of Metabolism.
21. Parenteral Nutrition Support.
Highlight 21, Ethical Issues in Nutrition Care.
22. Metabolic and Respiratory Stress.
Highlight 22, Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome.
23. Upper Gastrointestinal Disorders.
Highlight 23, Oral Health and Chronic Illness.
24. Lower Gastrointestinal Disorders.
Highlight 24, Probiotics and Intestinal Health.
25. Liver Disease and Gallstones.
Highlight 25, Anemia in Illness.
26. Diabetes Mellitus.
Highlight 26, The Metabolic Syndrome.
27. Cardiovascular Diseases.
Highlight 27, Coping with Feeding Disabilities.
28. Kidney Diseases.
Highlight 28, Dialysis.
29. Cancer and HIV Infection.
Highlight 29, Foodborne Illness.
Appendix A: Cells, Hormones, and Nerves.
Appendix B: Basic Chemistry Concepts.
Appendix C: Biochemical Structures and Pathways.
Appendix D: Measures of Protein Quality.
Appendix E: Nutrition Assessment: Supplemental Information.
Appendix F: Estimated Energy Needs.
Appendix G: Choose Your Foods: Food Lists for Diabetes and Weight Management.
Appendix H: Aids to Calculation [I’m not sure about these changes; need to double-check]
Appendix I: WHO: Nutrition Recommendations.
Appendix J: Healthy People 2020.
Appendix K: Enteral Formulas

  • 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.

  • Kathryn Pinna

    Kathryn Pinna, Ph.D., received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nutrition from the University of California at Berkeley. She taught nutrition, food science, and human biology courses in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years and also worked as an outpatient dietitian, Internet consultant, and freelance writer. Her publications include the textbooks NUTRITION FOR HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE, UNDERSTANDING NORMAL AND CLINICAL NUTRITION and NUTRITION AND DIET THERAPY. She is currently a member of the American Society for Nutrition and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  • 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.

  • Every chapter presents the latest developments and evidence-based practice guidelines in nutrition science today.

  • Chapter-opening "Nutrition in Your Life" or “Nutrition in the Clinical Setting” vignettes connect chapter content to students' lives or experiences during clinical care.

  • Hands-on "How To" features provide step-by-step nutrition calculations or proven strategies to help readers make dietary changes, while “Try It” exercises create opportunities to practice lessons learned.

  • "Case Study" exercises prepare students for a career in nutrition by challenging them to plan nutrition education, counseling, or support in a realistic clinical situation.

  • Challenging Q&A: "Clinical Portfolio" questions at the end of the clinical chapters use case studies to help students apply nutrition concepts to real life.

  • In-depth "Highlights," which include a current, often controversial, topic follow the chapter's main discussion, encouraging students to form their own informed opinions. Highlights also includes Critical Thinking Questions that ask students to evaluate the evidence presented.

  • MindTap Digital Learning. Created by Cengage Learning to coordinate with the text, MindTap for Nutrition is the digital learning solution that engages today's tech-savvy students and helps them become higher-level thinkers. Dynamic assignments, customizable applications, real-time course analytics, and a highlighting eReader with note-taking capabilities make this tool an indispensable supplement to any nutrition course.

  • The MindTap interactive learning platform makes students the masters of their own nutrition and learning with interactive ebook readings, video quizzes, activities, and assessments.

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