Understanding Nutrition (4th Edition)

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Availability: Available Usually Dispatched In: 5 - 10 Business Days ISBN: 9780170424431 Brand/Publisher: Nelson Categories: Vocational Education & Training

Building upon Ellie Whitney and Sharon Rady Rolfes’ classic text, this fourth Australian and New Zealand edition of Understanding Nutrition is a practical and engaging introduction to the core principles of nutrition. With its focus on Australia and New Zealand, the text incorporates current nutrition guidelines, recommendations and public health nutrition issues relevant to those studying and working in nutrition in this region of the world. A thorough introductory guide, this market-leading text equips students with the knowledge and skills required to optimise health and wellbeing. The text begins with core nutrition topics, such as diet planning, macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, and follows with chapters on diet and health, fitness, life span nutrition and food safety. Praised for its consistent level and readability, careful explanations of all key topics (including energy metabolism and other complex processes), this is a book that connects with students, engaging them as it teaches them the basic concepts and applications of nutrition.

Key Features:

  • Each chapter opens with a set of questions called 'Putting common sense to the test' to assess the students' intuitive beliefs about the content of the chapter. Answers appear in the margins when the topic is discussed in the chapter, and are explained fully at the end of the chapter so that learning is consolidated
  • Chapter feature boxes include 'Current research in nutrition', which provides details of up-to-date nutritional research; and 'Applications of nutrition research' which demonstrate the practical applications of nutritional science so that students understand the application of theory
  • 'How to ...' step-by-step guides take students through common tasks related to understanding nutrition, such as calculating energy intake, to equip them for their future careers
  • 'Review it' allows students to check their understanding as they progress through the chapter; and 'Extend your learning' in the margins provide additional information on key topics
  • Australian Dietary Guidelines connect students with the science of health and nutrition they are learning in each chapter
  • At the end of the chapter, the Nutrition Portfolio prompts students to consider whether their personal choices are meeting the dietary goals introduced by the chapter
  • Study questions, Nutrition calculations, Nutrition on the 'net, and Search Me! provide multiple activities so that students can extend their knowledge and consolidate their learning at the end of every chapter
  • 'Highlights', with activities, provide students with an in-depth look at a current, and often controversial topic, for student discussion and analysis
  • Essential reference tools, such as Nutrient reference tables and Body Mass Index are included on the inside covers so that students can access helpful practical information at a glance


  1. An overview of nutrition
  2. Planning a healthy diet
  3. Digestion, absorption and transport
  4. The carbohydrates: sugar, starches and dietary fibres
  5. The lipids: triglycerides, phospholipids, and sterols
  6. Protein: amino acids
  7. Metabolism: transformations and interactions
  8. Energy balance and body composition
  9. Weight management: overweight and underweight
  10. The water-soluble vitamins: B group vitamins and vitamin C
  11. The fat-soluble vitamins: A, D, E, and K 12 Water and the major minerals
  12. The trace minerals
  13. Fitness: physical activity, nutrients, and body adaptations
  14. Life cycle nutrition: pregnancy and lactation
  15. Life cycle nutrition: infancy, childhood and adolescence
  16. Life cycle nutrition: adulthood and the later years
  17. Diet-related disease
  18. Consumer concerns about foods and water

App A Cells, hormones, and nerves

App B Basic chemistry concepts

App C Biochemical structures and pathways

App D Measures of protein quality

App E Nutrition assessment

App F Physical activity and energy requirements

App G Aids to calculations




IBC + 2 pp Nutrient reference values

ISBN 9780170424431
Publisher Nelson
Product Type Student Books,
Year Level VET,

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