Understanding Nutrition, 12th Edition

  • Eleanor Noss Whitney
  • Sharon Rady Rolfes
  • ISBN-10: 0538734655
  • ISBN-13: 9780538734653
  • 960 Pages Hardcover 
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2005, 2005
  • © 2011 | Published
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Used by more than one million students, Ellie Whitney and Sharon Rady Rolfes' UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION is THE best-selling introductory nutrition text on the market today! While maintaining the stellar quality and support that discerning instructors demand for the majors course, the new Twelfth Edition takes UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION to a new level with an emphasis on active learning, assignable content, and integrated resources that support instructors' course objectives and students' future career opportunities. From its beautiful and carefully developed art program to its strong science base, contemporary coverage, and market-leading supplements, the Twelfth Edition of UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION connects with its readers and continues to set the standard for texts in this market. This text includes 20 chapters beginning with core nutrition topics; such as, diet planning, macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, and following with chapters on diet and health, fitness, life span nutrition, food safety, and world hunger. Praised for its consistent level, approachable narrative, and careful explanations of key topics, UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION connects with students--engaging them as it teaches the basic concepts and applications of nutrition. Take a fresh look at UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION.


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  • "Nutrition in Your Life" chapter openers introduce and engage students by connecting chapter topics to applications in students’ lives. This feature is revisited at the end of each chapter in the "Nutrition Portfolio" sections.
  • At the end of each chapter, "Nutrition Portfolio" sections invite students to evaluate and compare their personal dietary choices with dietary goals introduced in the text. The "Nutrition Portfolio" questions are now correlated to Diet Analysis Plus.
  • "How To" sections guide readers through problem-solving tasks; such as, calculating energy intake from the grams of carbohydrate, fat, and protein in a food. In this edition, each "How To" feature is accompanied by "Try It" activities for students to practice these skills.
  • "Nutrition on the Net" sections provide students with current websites to access additional information about chapter topics.
  • Praised by reviewers, Chapter 7, "Metabolism: Transformations and Interactions, " offers a clear, in-depth, and accurate presentation of this difficult nutrition topic, featuring student-friendly use of familiar phrases and attractive art while retaining the level of science that is expected for this course.
  • CengageNOW, your complete solution for Nutrition, provides course management tools for instructors and various online study tools for your students. Each chapter in UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION prompts students to use CengageNOW resources; such as, diagnostic pre-tests, personalized learning plans, Pop-up Tutors, animations, case studies, interactive exercises, and more. Easy to assign and track, CengageNOW will save time both for instructors and students to better support course goals and learning objectives.

What's New

  • New! "Try It" activities added to this edition accompany the "How To" lessons to promote active learning and encourage students to practice the problem-solving tasks outlined in the "How To" sections. Additional "Try It" activities can be found in CengageNOW and WebTutor for BlackBoard® and WebCT®.
  • New! In this edition, the questions in the "Nutrition Portfolio" feature are now correlated to Diet Analysis Plus 9.0 and require students to use the dietary tracking information to evaluate and compare their personal dietary choices with dietary goals introduced in the text, exploring how their knowledge and behaviors have changed as their understanding of nutrition science progresses.
  • New! Pop-up Tutors are lecture videos developed by Dr. Jessica Coppola at Sacramento City College that reinforce key concepts and provide students with further instruction and practice on particularly difficult topics; such as, metabolism, digestion, and absorption. Students can access the Pop-up Tutors via CengageNOW and WebTutor for BlackBoard and WebCT and through links embedded in the CL eBook and Personalized Learning Plans.
  • New! Detachable Study Cards at the end of the book provide concise summaries of the key chapter concepts along with key figures and study questions. These cards are perforated and designed for students to use as a quick review for exams.
  • New! Highlight in Chapter 4 explores the roles of carbohydrates in weight gain and in weight loss.
  • Updated coverage throughout every chapter in the Twelfth Edition presents the field’s latest developments, including a new section that introduces the Healthy Eating Index and evaluates the current American diet against dietary guidelines, additional information on nutritional genomics and a new figure illustrating nutrient regulation of gene expression, coverage of the ACSM’s 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, more information on childhood obesity, and research updates on dozens of other topics.

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Table of Contents

1. An Overview of Nutrition.
Highlight: Nutrition Information and Misinformation--On the Net and in the News.
2. Planning a Healthy Diet.
Highlight: Vegetarian Diets.
3. Digestion, Absorption, and Transport.
Highlight: Common Digestive Problems.
4. The Carbohydrates: Sugars, Starches, and Fibers.
Highlight: Carbs, Calories, and Controversies.
5. The Lipids: Triglycerides, Phospholipids, and Sterols.
Highlight: High-Fat Foods--Friend or Foe?
6. Protein: Amino Acids.
Highlight: Nutritional Genomics.
7. Metabolism: Transformations and Interactions.
Highlight: Alcohol and Nutrition.
8. Energy Balance and Body Composition.
Highlight: Eating Disorders.
9. Weight Management: Overweight, Obesity, and Underweight.
Highlight: The Latest and Greatest Weight-Loss Diet--Again.
10. The Water-Soluble Vitamins: B Vitamins and Vitamin C.
Highlight: Vitamin and Mineral Supplements.
11. The Fat-Soluble Vitamins: A, D, E, and K.
Highlight: Antioxidant Nutrients in Disease Prevention.
12. Water and the Major Minerals.
Highlight: Osteoporosis and Calcium.
13. The Trace Minerals.
Highlight: Phytochemicals and Functional Foods.
14. Fitness: Physical Activity, Nutrients, and Body Adaptations.
Highlight: Supplements as Ergogenic Aids.
15. Life Cycle Nutrition: Pregnancy and Lactation.
Highlight: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
16. Life Cycle Nutrition: Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence.
Highlight: Childhood Obesity and the Early Development of Chronic Diseases.
17. Life Cycle Nutrition: Adulthood and the Later Years.
Highlight: Nutrient-Drug Interactions.
18. Diet and Health.
Highlight: Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
19. Consumer Concerns about Foods and Wate.r
Highlight: Food Biotechnology.
20. Hunger and the Global Environment.
Highlight: Environmentally-Friendly Food Choices.
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.
Appendix F: Physical Activity and Energy Requirements.
Appendix G: United States: Exchange Lists.
Appendix H: Table of Food Composition.
Appendix I: WHO: Nutrition Recommendations Canada: Choice System and Guidelines.
Appendix J: Healthy People 2010.
Glossary.
Index.
Dietary Reference Intakes (inside front covers, pp. A-C).
Aids to Calculations (inside back pages, pp. W-X).
Daily Values for Food Labels (inside back cover, p. Y).
Glossary of Nutrient Measures (inside back cover, p. Y).
Body Mass Index (inside back cover, p. Z).

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Used by more than one million students, Ellie Whitney and Sharon Rady Rolfes' UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION is THE best-selling introductory nutrition text on the market today! UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION UPDATE is pre-packaged with a laminated supplement which includes the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, updates to Healthy People 2020, and updates to the DRIs for calcium, vitamin D, and sodium in order to provide you and your students the most current information. While maintaining the stellar quality and support that discerning instructors demand for the majors course, the new Twelfth Edition takes UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION to a new level with an emphasis on active learning, assignable content, and integrated resources that support instructors' course objectives and students' future career opportunities. From its beautiful and carefully developed art program to its strong science base, contemporary coverage, and market-leading supplements, the Twelfth Edition of UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION connects with its readers and continues to set the standard for texts in this market. This text includes 20 chapters beginning with core nutrition topics; such as, diet planning, macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, and following with chapters on diet and health, fitness, life span nutrition, food safety, and world hunger. Praised for its consistent level, approachable narrative, and careful explanations of key topics, UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION connects with students--engaging them as it teaches the basic concepts and applications of nutrition. Take a fresh look at UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION.


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Used by more than one million students, Ellie Whitney and Sharon Rady Rolfes' UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION is THE best-selling introductory nutrition text on the market today! While maintaining the stellar quality and support that discerning instructors demand for the majors course, the new Twelfth Edition takes UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION to a new level with an emphasis on active learning, assignable content, and integrated resources that support instructors' course objectives and students' future career opportunities. From its beautiful and carefully developed art program to its strong science base, contemporary coverage, and market-leading supplements, the Twelfth Edition of UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION connects with its readers and continues to set the standard for texts in this market. This text includes 20 chapters beginning with core nutrition topics; such as, diet planning, macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, and following with chapters on diet and health, fitness, life span nutrition, food safety, and world hunger. Praised for its consistent level, approachable narrative, and careful explanations of key topics, UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION connects with students--engaging them as it teaches the basic concepts and applications of nutrition. Take a fresh look at UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION.


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Connect, engage, and interact with core concepts in Ellie Whitney and Sharon Rady Rolfes' UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION. UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION UPDATE is pre-packaged with a laminated supplement which includes the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, updates to Healthy People 2020, and updates to the DRIs for calcium, vitamin D, and sodium in order to provide you the most current information. This best-selling book will help you excel in your introductory nutrition course as it guides you in applying the most current nutrition research and demonstrates the relevance of nutrition to your own life. UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION is at the forefront of the latest advances in human nutrition--helping you understand what the scientific research reveals about human nutrition and health. The authors begin with the basic concepts, including an introduction to the nutrients, and then lead you through every important topic covered in your nutrition course. Linked chapter by chapter to CengageNOW and WebTutor, these online resources provide you with PERSONALIZED STUDY tools, pop-up tutors, and animations that clarify complex processes and much more. The Twelfth Edition features everything you need to connect and engage in UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION.


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Connect, engage, and interact with core concepts in Ellie Whitney and Sharon Rady Rolfes’ UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION. This best-selling book will help you excel in your introductory nutrition course as it guides you in applying the most current nutrition research and demonstrates the relevance of nutrition to your own life. UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION is at the forefront of the latest advances in human nutrition--helping you understand what the scientific research reveals about human nutrition and health. The authors begin with the basic concepts, including an introduction to the nutrients, and then lead you through every important topic covered in your nutrition course. Linked chapter by chapter to CengageNOW and WebTutor, these online resources provide you with PERSONALIZED STUDY tools, pop-up tutors, and animations that clarify complex processes and much more. The Twelfth Edition features everything you need to connect and engage in UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION.


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Student Course Guide  (ISBN-10: 0538739649 | ISBN-13: 9780538739641)

This Student Course Guide is for those students taking the Dallas TeleLearning NUTRITION PATHWAYS TELECOURSE. It is designed to help connect the course to the assigned text (UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION, 12th Edition) and maximize your learning. The Student Course Guide features chapter and video assignments, lesson overviews, chapter learning objectives, key lesson concepts, and a practice test for each lesson.


Study Guide  (ISBN-10: 053873731X | ISBN-13: 9780538737319)

This valuable study guide gives you resources to help you excel on exams, including chapter objectives, fill-in-the-blank chapter reviews, short-answer questions, calculations, sample multiple-choice questions, and vocabulary reviews.


WebTutor™ Plus on Blackboard® Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0840052294 | ISBN-13: 9780840052292)

A valuable resource that provides study tools, Pop-up tutors, animations, and convenient access to Diet Analysis Plus and an interactive eBook to help you excel in your course.


WebTutor™ Plus on Blackboard® Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 0840052308 | ISBN-13: 9780840052308)

A valuable resource that provides study tools, Pop-up tutors, animations, and convenient access to Diet Analysis Plus and an interactive eBook to help you excel in your course.

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WebTutor™ Plus on WebCT™ Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 0840052316 | ISBN-13: 9780840052315)

A valuable resource that provides study tools, Pop-up tutors, animations, and convenient access to Diet Analysis Plus and an interactive eBook to help you excel in your course.


WebTutor™ on Blackboard® Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1423929225 | ISBN-13: 9781423929222)

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WebTutor™ on WebCT™ Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1423928547 | ISBN-13: 9781423928546)

A valuable resource that provides study tools, Pop-up tutors, animations, and other materials to help you excel in your course.


CengageNOW, InfoTrac® 1-Semester Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1423928482 | ISBN-13: 9781423928485)

Accessed through Single Sign On account, CengageNOW is a valuable online learning resource that provides Personalized Learning Plans to help you study effectively and InfoTrac® College Edition, an online university library, to provide you with access to more than 5,000 academic journals, magazines, and newspapers for research papers. A variety of other study tools including Pop-up Tutors and animations help reinforce key concepts.


A Functional Approach: Vitamins and Minerals  (ISBN-10: 0538739762 | ISBN-13: 9780538739764)

This handy and durable laminated card will help you to understand how the vitamins and minerals function together to keep you healthy. It provides page references for further study using your text, UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION.


Diet Analysis Plus 2-Semester and Global Nutrition Watch Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1428271597 | ISBN-13: 9781428271593)

Understand how nutrition relates to, and impacts, your life while staying current with news about Nutrition! Cengage Learning provides easy access to our most popular resources--Diet Analysis Plus and Global Nutrition Watch—with one access code. Get valuable, interactive resources in one simple solution.


Dietary Guidelines Supplement  (ISBN-10: 1111578699 | ISBN-13: 9781111578695)

In order to provide the most current information, this laminated supplement includes the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, updates to Healthy People 2020, and updates to the DRIs for calcium, vitamin D, and sodium.


Global Nutrition Watch Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111473676 | ISBN-13: 9781111473679)

Bring currency to the classroom with GLOBAL NUTRITION WATCH from Cengage Learning! This user-friendly website provides convenient access to thousands of trusted sources, including academic journals, newspapers, videos, and podcasts, for you to use for research projects or classroom discussion. GLOBAL NUTRITION WATCH is updated daily to offer the most current news about topics related to Nutrition.


Meet the Author

About the Author

Eleanor Noss Whitney

Ellie Whitney, PhD is a registered dietician and a former faculty member at Florida State University and Florida A&M University. She now devotes her time to research, writing, and consulting on nutrition, health, and environmental issues. Her earlier publications include articles in SCIENCE, GENETICS, and other journals. Her other textbooks include NUTRITION CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERSIES, 13th EDITION; UNDERSTANDING NORMAL AND CLINICAL NUTRITION, 10th EDITION; and NUTRITION AND DIET THERAPY, 7th EDITION, all with Cengage Learning. Dr. Whitney also recently co-authored PRICELESS FLORIDA (Pineapple Press), a comprehensive text examining the ecosystems of her home state. Her other interests include energy conservation, solar energy use, alternatively fueled vehicles, and ecosystem restoration. Dr. Whitney received her BA in biology from Radcliffe College and her PhD in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Sharon Rady Rolfes

Sharon Rady Rolfes is a registered dietician nutritionist and a founding member of Nutrition and Health Associates, an information resource center that maintains a research database on more than 1,000 nutrition-related topics. She has taught at Florida State University and coauthored several other college textbooks, including UNDERSTANDING NORMAL AND CLINICAL NUTRITION, 10th EDITION. In addition to writing, she serves as a consultant for various educational projects, and volunteers on the board of Working Well, a community initiative dedicated to creating a healthy workforce. A member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Ms. Rady Rolfes received her MS in nutrition and food science from Florida State University.