Synopses & Reviews
Ideal for both non-majors and mixed-majors, NUTRITION: CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERSIES provides practical applications and accessible explanations to dispel common misconceptions about nutrition and empower readers to make lasting behavior changes.
NUTRITION: CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERSIES provides practical applications and accessible explanations to dispel common misconceptions about nutrition and empower readers to make informed, healthier choices.
About the Author
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, Ph.D., received her B.A. in biology from Radcliffe College in 1960 and her Ph.D. in biology from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1970. Formerly on the faculty at Florida State University and a dietitian registered with the American Dietetic Association, she now devotes all her time to research, writing, and consulting in nutrition, health, and environmental issues. Her earlier publications include articles in SCIENCE, GENETICS, and other journals. Her textbooks include NUTRITION CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERSIES; UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION; UNDERSTANDING NORMAL AND CLINICAL NUTRITION; NUTRITION AND DIET THERAPY; and NUTRITION FOR HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE, all with Wadsworth. She also recently co-authored PRICELESS FLORIDA (Pineapple Press), a comprehensive text examining the ecosystems in her home state. Her additional interests include energy conservation, solar energy use, alternatively fueled vehicles, and ecosystem restoration.
Table of Contents
1. Food Choices and Human Health. Controversy 1: Sorting the Impostors From the Real Nutrition Experts. 2. Nutrition Tools--Standards and Guidelines. Controversy 2: Phytochemicals and Functional Foods: What Do They Promise? What Do They Deliver? 3. The Remarkable Body. Controversy 3: Alcohol and Nutrition: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks? 4. The Carbohydrates: Sugar, Starch, Glycogen, and Fiber. Controversy 4: Are Carbohydrates "Bad" for Health? 5. The Lipids: Fats, Oils, Phospholipids, and Sterols. Controversy 5: High-Fat Foods: Which to Choose for Good Health? 6. The Proteins and Amino Acids. Controversy 6: Vegetarian and Meat-Containing Diets: What Are the Benefits and Pitfalls? 7. The Vitamins. Controversy 7: Vitamin Supplements: Who Benefits? 8. Water and Minerals. Controversy 8: Osteoporosis: Can Lifestyle Choices Reduce the Risks? 9. Energy Balance and Healthy Body Weight. Controversy 9: The Perils of Eating Disorders. 10. Nutrients, Physical Activity, and the Body's Responses. Controversy 10: Erogogenic Aids: Breakthroughs, Gimmicks, or Dangers? 11. Diet and Health. Controversy 11: Nutritional Genomics: Can It Deliver on Its Promises? 12. Food Safety and Food Technology. Controversy 12: Organic Foods and Genetically Modified Foods: What Are the Pros and Cons? 13. Life Cycle Nutrition: Mother and Infant. Controversy 13: Childhood Obesity and Early Chronic Diseases. 14. Child, Teen, and Older Adult. Controversy 14: Nutrient-Drug Interactions: Who Should Be Concerned? 15. Hunger and Global Environment. Controversy 15: Agribusiness and Food Production: How to Go Forward. Appendix A: Table of Food Composition. Appendix B: Canadian: Recommendations, Choice Systems, and Labels. Appendix C: Aids to Calculation. Appendix D: U.S. Food Exchange System. Appendix E: Nutrition Resources. Appendix F: Reference Notes. Appendix G: Answers to Self-Check Questions. Appendix H: Physical Activity and Energy Requirements. Glossary. Index.