Conditions of Use
This chapter discusses all the necessary information about basic animal nutrition and how nutrients are important for normal body function. The information in the book matches what Land-Grant Universities cover in their Principles of Animal... read more
This chapter discusses all the necessary information about basic animal nutrition and how nutrients are important for normal body function. The information in the book matches what Land-Grant Universities cover in their Principles of Animal Nutrition classes. Chapters are concise and have useful diagrams. However, there are some chapters such as the one on Lipid Digestion that require visuals and diagrams to complement the text.
As an animal nutritionist, I agree that the information described in the book is scientifically accurate.
The concepts discussed are still the same and not violated by modern research results.
The chapters are shorter than I expected for a textbook but the information is described in a clear and concise way. In cases like this, less is more because students do not have time to read long chapters with excess filler information.
Terms are clearly defined in earlier chapters. If the reader looks at the beginning chapters first, they will be able to understand the latter chapters.
I gave a 3 just because of the question being asked. I do not believe the module organization method is appropriate for classes like this. Every topic is different and does not need to be discussed in a certain order.
After talking about the anatomical differences between ruminant animals and non-ruminants, every other topic is different and does not need to be discussed in a certain order.
I did not have interface issues during my review.
There were no obvious grammatical errors in the text. Other people might get overly picky about the use of commas or semicolons.
The only reason I gave a 4 is because this topic talks a lot about science and students who lack the background might feel overwhelmed and panicked. Many students who study agriculture get upset that they have to learn science even though it is necessary for their college education. This issue is not the fault of the textbook writer.
I would be very happy to adopt this book in my Principles of Nutrition class in the future. I was very pleased to see that the topics covered were almost a 100% match to what I have been teaching.
Table of Contents
- I. Introduction to Nutrition
- II. Gastrointestinal Tract, Digestive Organs, and Processes
- III. Carbohydrates, Structures and Types
- IV. Carbohydrates, Digestion and Absorption
- V. Carbohydrates, Metabolism
- VI. Lipids, Structure
- VII. Lipids, Digestion
- VIII. Lipids, Transport, Deposition, and Metabolism
- IX. Proteins
- X. Proteins, Digestion and Absorption
- XI. Proteins, Metabolism
- XII. Proteins and Amino Acids, Quality
- XIII. Vitamins
- XIV. Water-Soluble Vitamins (B and C)
- XV. Minerals
- XVI. Microminerals
- XVII. Bioenergetics
- XVIII. Water in Animal Nutrition
- XIX. Feed Additives
- XX. Measurement of Feed and Nutrient Utilization in Food-Producing Animals
About the Book
Based on over 20 years of teaching experience in animal nutrition, this study guide will enhance learning basic food animal nutritional principles.
In this introductory text, six fundamental nutrients, their structure, digestion, and metabolism are covered. A brief introduction to bioenergetics, feed additives, nutrient analysis, digestive organs and processes in monogastric and ruminant animals, and methods for assessing nutrient utilization are also included.
Each chapter is illustrated with a new terms box, key points, and review questions.
This study guide is an essential learning tool for undergraduate students majoring in animal sciences, veterinary medicine, or other related disciplines.
About the Contributors
Gita Cherian, Oregon State University