16th Edition

Frances Sizer, Ellie Whitney

ISBN-13: 9780357727614
Copyright 2023 | Published
880 pages | List Price: USD $250.95

Make better food choices and live a healthier life with NUTRITION: CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERSIES. More conversational than a pure-science text, this book explores the essentials of nutrition--including how the body breaks down and uses food, food safety, sports nutrition and special nutritional needs throughout the human life cycle--and asks you to weigh in on relevant debates, such as sustainable diets, the safety of supplements, genetically modified foods, how much is too much sugar, and “keto” and “paleo” diets. NUTRITION: CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERSIES is available with the MindTap learning platform, which offers self-quizzing and activities to propel your learning from memorization to mastery.


1. Food Choices and Human Health.
2. Nutrition Tools: Standards and Guidelines.
3. The Remarkable Body.
4. The Carbohydrates: Sugar, Starch, Glycogen, and Fiber.
5. The Lipids: Fats, Oils, Phospholipids, and Sterols.
6. The Proteins and Amino Acids.
7. The Vitamins.
8. Water and Minerals.
9. Energy Balance and Healthy Body Weight.
10. Performance Nutrition.
11. Nutrition and Chronic Diseases.
12. Food Safety and Food Technology.
13. Life Cycle Nutrition: Mother and Infant.
14. Child, Teen, and Older Adult.
15. Hunger and the Future of Food.
Appendix A: Chemical Structures of Carbohydrates, Lipids, Amino Acids, and Peptides.
Appendix B: World Health Organization Nutrition Intake Guidelines.
Appendix C: Aids to Calculations.
Appendix D: Food Lists for Diabetes and Weight Management.
Appendix E: Eating Patterns to Meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Appendix F: Reference Notes.
Appendix G: Answers to Chapter Questions.
Appendix H: Physical Activity Levels and Energy Requirements.

  • Frances Sizer

    Frances Sienkiewicz Sizer, M.S., R.D., F.A.D.A., attended Florida State University, where, in 1980, she received her BS and, in 1982, her MS in nutrition. She is certified as a charter Fellow of the American Dietetic Association and Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a founding member and vice-president of Nutrition and Health Associates, an information and resource center in Tallahassee, Florida, that maintains an ongoing bibliographic database tracking research in more than 1,000 topic areas of nutrition. Her textbooks include LIFE CHOICES: HEALTH CONCEPTS AND STRATEGIES; MAKING LIFE CHOICES; THE FITNESS TRIAD: MOTIVATION, TRAINING, AND NUTRITION; and others. She is a primary author of NUTRITION INTERACTIVE, an instructional college-level nutrition game-teaching resource. In addition to writing, she has lectured at universities and at national and regional conferences and serves in several local hunger and homelessness relief organization in her community.

  • 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.

  • Nutrition and Immunity: An all-new Consumer’s Guide feature explores topics such as the connections between nutrition and immune system functioning and the renewed research interest in the relationship between nutrition and acne.

  • Measured References: Calculations, figures and examples give readers a clear recipe to follow for success. Figures reflect changes in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, new DRI recommendations for sodium and potassium, and food label formats and information. All-new figures include the glycemic response, a comparison of protein in breakfast cereals, and a flowchart depicting how poverty can lead to both malnutrition and obesity.

  • New tables: In a data-driven world, these data-saturated tables help readers enhance good ideas with supported facts. New tables offer plant sources of calcium, beverage recommendations for young children and older adults, greenhouse gas emissions associated with dietary protein choices, and more.

  • To promote learning retention, chapter-ending features include Self Check tests and Consumer’s Guide quizzes, while Controversy critical-thinking questions reinforce chapter content.

  • Think Fitness boxes draw vital connections between fitness and nutrition and offer a practical tip or two to promote a healthy lifestyle.

  • MindTap Support: This interactive learning platform makes students the masters of their own nutrition and learning by providing interactive eBook readings, Diet & Wellness Plus, pop-up tutors, activities and assessments--in the classroom, at home and on the go!

  • Food Features: These sections help readers make solid food choices according to science, bridging nutrition theory and practice in the process.

  • Controversial Topics: End-of-chapter Controversy essays encourage students to chew on hot topics, the newest scientific evidence and emerging issues in nutrition. Critical-thinking questions help them to form opinions based on research.

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