Nutrition Maintaining and Improving Health
Following the tradition of its predecessor, the fifth edition of Nutrition: Maintaining and Improving Health continues to offer a wide-ranging coverage of all aspects of nutrition while providing new information to this edition including:
- Increased coverage of experimental and observational methods used in nutrition
- In-depth focus on the nutritional implications of the increased adoption of vegetarian and vegan lifestyles
- Streamlined referencing - a short selected list of key references at the end of each chapter with URL links to free additional resources where possible
- Discussion of nutrition debates
- Critical coverage of "medicinal uses of food" including superfoods, functional foods and dietary supplements
- Updated bullet point summaries of key points after each major topic within each chapter
The author provides an evidence-based evaluation of many key nutrition beliefs and philosophies. The book contains in-depth and critical reviews of the methods used to evaluate nutritional intakes/status and the observational and experimental used to investigate putative links between dietary factors and health outcome. It covers the role of food as a source of energy and nutrients while discussing the non-nutritional roles of food and the social and psychological factors that influence food choice. Presenting a critical discussion on the value of nutrition research linking specific foods or nutrients to specific diseases which encourages students to question the value of some current nutrition research.
This is essential reading for all nutrition and dietetics students with different backgrounds who are studying nutrition as a specific discipline for the first time.
Part One – Concepts and Principles. Changing Priorities for nutrition Education. Food Selection. Methods of Nutritional Selection and Surveillance. Methods to Establish Links between Diet and Chronic Disease. Dietary Guidelines and Recommendations. Cellular Energetics. Part Two – Energy, Energy Balance and Obesity. Introduction to Energy Aspects of Nutrition. Energy Balance and its Regulation. Obesity. Part Three – The Nutrients. Carbohydrates. Protein and Amino Acids. Fats. Micronutrients. Vitamins. Minerals. Part Four - Variation in Nutritional Requirements and Priorities. Nutrition and the Human Lifecycle. Nutrition as Treatment. The Safety and Quality of Food.
This fifth edition of a book on nutrition basics covers concepts and principles, energy, energy balance and obesity, the nutrients, variation in nutritional requirements and priorities, and food safety and quality. There are some case studies and key point summaries in each chapter. The previous edition was published in 2012.
The purpose is to provide a comprehensive guide to things food and nutrition related for dietetics students, and this book could be used for a Nutrition 101 class. The objectives are worthy and this book meets them.
The book is written for dietetics students or other medical/allied health
students interested in learning more about nutrition and dietetics. The book
meets the needs of its intended audience[...]. The author has a PhD in physiology and biochemistry.
The book covers a broad range of nutrition related topics. However, the range could be considered too broad depending on what the intended audience needs to learn to fulfill course requirements. The best aspects of the book are the extensive references. A lot of figures are used when explaining various scientific studies, which helps to deepen understanding of the literature.
-- Elizabeth Murphy, MS, RDN, LDN (University of Chicago Medical Center)