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Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies 14th Edition

Frances Sizer, Ellie Whitney, PhD

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2014
  • 896 Pages
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Build a healthier future with Sizer/Whitney’s NUTRITION: CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERSIES! Updated throughout and featuring the new Dietary Guidelines, this clear and engaging market leader strikes the perfect balance of scientific research, core concepts, and relevant applications. The authors draw readers into the study of nutrition with a lively and approachable writing style. They dispel students’ existing misconceptions and empower them to make better nutrition choices and enact real, lasting behavior change. The most engaging and easily personalized online solution in Nutrition, MindTap enables instructors to deliver what they know is best for their students.

Frances Sizer,

Frances Sizer, M.S., RD, FADA, is certified as a charter Fellow of the American Dietetic Association. She is also a founding member and vice president of Nutrition and Health Associates, a Florida-based information and resource center that maintains an online bibliographic database tracking system that conducts research in more than 1,000 topic areas of nutrition. In addition to the best-selling NUTRITION: CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERSIES, Sizer was a primary author of the first ever instructional and animated NUTRITION INTERACTIVE CD-ROM (Cengage Wadsworth). Her previous publications include NUTRITION CLINICS, a monograph series for health professionals, and the college text THE FITNESS TRIAD: MOTIVATION, TRAINING, AND NUTRITION. In addition to writing, enjoying her family, and schooling her horse in dressage, Sizer is also an active board member of ECHO, a local hunger and homelessness relief organization in her community. Sizer received her B.S. and M.S. in nutrition from Florida State University.

Ellie Whitney, PhD,

Ellie Whitney, Ph.D. grew up in New York City and received her BA and PhD degrees in English and Biology at Harvard and Washington Universities. She taught at both Florida State University and Florida A&M University, wrote 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 (Pineapple Press, 2004). Now retired, and more concerned about climate change than any other issue, she volunteers full-time for the nonpartisan national nonprofit Citizens Climate Lobby.
  • New Dietary Guidelines: The 14th edition incorporates the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015.
  • Updated Throughout: New coverage includes updated labeling, new nutrition guidelines for diabetes, added sugars and blood pressure, debate surrounding lipid guidelines, gluten-free diets, nutrient chemical structures (Appendix I), and more.
  • MindTap for Nutrition enhancements: New conceptual exercises, Study Guide, and “A Closer Look” activities in MindTap help students develop a better understanding of key concepts.
  • New Figures: Added figures throughout the text including a food label of milk fortified with vitamins A and D, a figure highlighting protein labeling, calorie labels on restaurant menus, a figure summarizing the relationship between risks and benefits, and more.
  • New Tables: Added tables throughout the text including Benefits of fitness, Protein-rich snacks for athletes, How to Wash Produce, A Sampling of Natural Toxins. Complications associated with smoking during pregnancy, Physical complications of obesity during childhood, Point, Counterpoint table on arguments for and against calcium supplements, and more.
  • Special features promote learning and understanding, including margin notes, end-of-chapter “Self Checks,” and "Think Fitness" boxes that emphasize the connection and the interdependency of fitness and nutrition for total health.
  • The clear and engaging MindTap includes student learning tools—readings, Diet & Wellness Plus, pop-up tutors, activities, and assessments—and guides students through their course. Instructors can easily personalize MindTap with their favorite resources.
  • Appearing in each chapter, "Concepts in Action" features integrate Diet & Wellness Plus activities to relate chapter concepts to students’ lives.
  • "Food Feature" boxes appear in most chapters to bridge theory and practice; they are practical applications of key concepts that help readers choose foods according to sound nutrition principles.
  • "Controversy" end-of-chapter essays provide a balanced view of scientific evidence regarding current and emerging topics in nutrition. Each Controversy has been thoroughly updated.
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. Diet and Health.
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. Table of Food Composition.
Appendix B. World Health Organization Nutrition Recommendations and Guidelines.
Appendix C. Aids to Calculations.
Appendix D. Food Lists for Diabetes and Weight Management.
Appendix E. Food Patterns to Meet the Food Intake Patterns.
Appendix F. Notes.
Appendix G. Answers to Chapter Questions.
Appendix H. Physical Activity Levels and Energy Requirements.
Appendix I. Chemical Structures of Carbohydrates, Lipids, Amino Acids, and Peptides.
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