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Understanding Nutrition, 13th Edition

This best-selling introductory nutrition text is praised for its approachable narrative, engaging presentation, and careful explanations. The new Thirteenth Edition of Whitney and Rolfes’ UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION takes the study of nutrition to a new level with an integrated pedagogy and an emphasis on active learning, assignable content, and integrated resources. From its beautiful and carefully developed art program to its strong science base, contemporary coverage, and market-leading supplements, the Thirteenth 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. UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION connects with students–engaging them as it teaches the basic concepts and applications of nutrition. Take a fresh look at UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION.


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 Water. 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. Aids to Calculations. Daily Values for Food Labels. Glossary of Nutrient Measures. Body Mass Index. –This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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 faculties at Florida State University and Florida A&M University and a dietitian registered with the American Dietetic Association, she now devotes full 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, 12th EDITION; UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION, 12th EDITION; UNDERSTANDING NORMAL AND CLINICAL NUTRITION, 9th EDITION; and NUTRITION AND DIET THERAPY, 7th EDITION, all with Cengage 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.

Sharon Rady Rolfes received her M.S. in nutrition and food science from Florida State University. She is a founding member of Nutrition and Health Associates, an information resource center that maintains a research database on over 1,000 nutrition-related topics. She has taught at Florida State University and coauthored several other college textbooks, including UNDERSTANDING NUTRITION and NUTRITION FOR HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE. In addition to writing, she serves as a consultant for various educational projects. Her volunteer work includes serving on the board of Working Well, a community initiative dedicated to creating a healthy workforce. She maintains her registration as a dietitian and membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

I’m not a fan of the yearly releases of Understanding Nutrition, as they usually contain the same exact guidelines as the past editions. The book itself is an easy read, especially for being a college textbook. The diagrams and tables also make a great visual aid to go along with the text.

Just be aware that this book does not contain the media access code that most college students need along with the book. I’m not complaining, but it is a fact and might help others who are looking at buying this book from amazon and not their college bookstore. Amazon could make this a better deal by selling the media code separately or make a bundle deal with the book.

This book is absolutely awesome! I got it for my nutrition class, but this is one college book that I’m going to keep for reference instead of selling. It is clear and concise, definitely understandable, and unlike most textbooks, enjoyable to read!

This is honestly the best book on this topic. It’s inconceivable to imagine a textbook that could be better written than this one. All the topics have been covered in-depth, and most topics require a foundation in biology and chemistry (BOTH OF WHICH are given coverage of within the book – no prerequisite required). You do not need to read the book after gaining a solid foundation in chemistry/biology because both of them are covered within the book – rather you just need to make sure that you read the Appendices and other information provided.

Arrived promptly and in perfect condition! However the book itself is not the easiest to read or understand and I have been using other resources for my class instead.

Product Details :

  • Hardcover: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 13 edition (July 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133587526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133587521
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 9.1 x 10.8 inches

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