6th Edition

Introduction to Nutrition and Metabolism

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ISBN 9780367190811
February 5, 2021 Forthcoming by CRC Press
424 Pages

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Book Description

Introduction to Nutrition and Metabolism equips readers with an understanding of the scientific basis of what we call a healthy diet. Now in its sixth edition, this highly recognized textbook provides clear explanations of how nutrients are metabolized and gives explains the principles of biochemistry needed for comprehending the science of nutrition.

This full-color textbook explores the need for food and the uses to which food is put in the body, as well as the interactions between health and diet. Outlining the scientific basis behind nutritional requirements and recommendations, this new edition has been extensively revised to reflect current knowledge.


  • Lists key objectives at the beginning, and key points at the end of each chapter.
  • Accompanying online resources include interactive tutorial exercises based on interpretation of clinical and research data.
  • Covers topics including: Chemical reactions and catalysis by enzymes; the role of ATP; digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, fats and proteins; issues associated with being overweight; problems of malnutrition; diet and health; and vitamin and mineral requirements and functions.
  • Updated sections focus on the interaction of the gut microbiome and epigenetics with our metabolic responses to diet.
  • Provides a foundation of scientific knowledge for the interpretation and evaluation of future advances in nutrition and health sciences.

Following its predecessors, this sixth edition is relevant to any student or practitioner interested in how diet influences our health, including in the fields of nutrition, dietetics, medicine and public health.

Table of Contents

1. Why Eat?

2. Enzymes And Metabolic Pathways

3. The Role Of ATP In Metabolism

4. Digestion And Absorption

5. Energy Nutrition – The Metabolism Of Carbohydrates And Fats

6. Diet And Health – Nutrition And Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases

7. Overweight And Obesity

8. Protein-Energy Malnutrition – Problems Of Undernutrition

9. Protein Nutrition And Metabolism

10. The Integration And Control Of Metabolism

11. Micronutrients – The Vitamins And Minerals

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David Bender was educated at North Ealing Primary School and Greenford County Grammar School in London, then studied biochemistry from 1965 – 1968 at the University of Birmingham in England. He joined the Courtauld Institute of Biochemistry of The Middlesex Hospital Medical School as a research assistant in 1968, was appointed Lecturer in Biochemistry in 1970 and received his PhD from the University of London (on the metabolism of aromatic amino acids) in 1971. The Middlesex Hospital Medical School merged with University College London in 1987, and he became a member of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of UCL. He was appointed Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry in 1994, and Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry in 2009. He retired from UCL in 2011, with the title of Emeritus Professor. From 1994 until retirement he was Assistant Faculty Tutor to the medical students, and from 1998 he was Sub-Dean (Education) and Director of Studies for the early years of the medical course at UCL.

His research interests have been in the field of amino acid and vitamin nutritional biochemistry, and he was a member of the working group on vitamins that formed part of the expert committee that produced the 1991 report on Dietary Reference Values for Food Energy and Nutrients for the United Kingdom, the EU expert committee that produced the 1993 report on Nutrient and Energy Intakes for the European Community and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland working party on Safe Micronutrient Levels.

In addition to research publications, he has also written a number of books, including: Nutritional Biochemistry of the Vitamins, 2nd Edition 2003, Cambridge University Press; Amino Acid Metabolism, 3rd Edition 2012, Wiley-Blackwell; Benders’ Dictionary of Nutrition and Food Technology, 8th Edition 2006, Woodhead Publishing, Oxford; Dictionary of Food and Nutrition, 3rd Edition 2009, Oxford University Press. You can find David Bender’s home page at http://david-bender.co.uk


Shauna Cunningham was educated at Bank Street Primary School and Greenwood Academy in Irvine, Scotland before undertaking undergraduate studies at Glasgow University.  She moved to Aberdeen University in 1991 to study for a PhD.  This was followed by a period of postdoctoral research at Aberdeen University and Kurume University Medical School, Japan, before she joined the nutrition and dietetics teaching group in 2001 as a lecturer in nutritional physiology and biochemistry at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Shauna continues to teach student nutritionists and dietitians at Robert Gordon University, with a particular interest in metabolism and its relationship to diet.