An Introduction to Nutrition
Copyright Year: 2012
Conditions of Use
It comprehensive for an introductory book in nutrition. The clinical nutrition information should be more comprehensive, but the instructor can additional reading materials read more
It comprehensive for an introductory book in nutrition. The clinical nutrition information should be more comprehensive, but the instructor can additional reading materials
Nutrition is a progressive field and needs continuous revision - this textbook is updated
Yes, it is updated with necessary content
The book is well organized in the necessary material to review with students.
Missing food analysis component
It is organized in presenting the key concepts and the six classes of nutrients.
Yes, the materials are well presented but need to have a diverse groups
The book is clear for students to understand.
A more diverse group can be used to represent the global community.
Food analysis for nutrients and food frequency; missing global BMI for children to compare with CDC
This book provides a good overview of nutrition for the non-major; topics such as nutrition for athletes and global food security are largely omitted, and information about the current dietary guidelines for Americans will need to be provided as... read more
This book provides a good overview of nutrition for the non-major; topics such as nutrition for athletes and global food security are largely omitted, and information about the current dietary guidelines for Americans will need to be provided as supplemental information.
No errors were noted in the reviewed material.
Since nutrition is a constantly evolving science, current information will always need to be added, but this book is formatted in a way that will allow this to be added.
I believe this text has clarity appropriate to the non-major student.
The organization is consistent and well-suited to the topic and audience.
The sections are easily accessed through the index and can be presented in an alternate order as desired by the instructor.
The topics are ordered in a fashion similar to that found in other nutrition textbooks.
In the book sections used so far, no interface issues were noted.
In the book sections used so far, no issues with grammar.
The section on international diets is a welcome addition; other cultural aspects may need to be addressed by the instructor in greater detail.
I am adopting this text for use, with supplemental materials, for my non-majors nutrition course.
The book is comprehensive and covers all aspects of nutrition across the life span as well as issues related to policy and sustainability. The chapters related to chronic diseases and eating habits around the world are particularly well done. read more
The book is comprehensive and covers all aspects of nutrition across the life span as well as issues related to policy and sustainability. The chapters related to chronic diseases and eating habits around the world are particularly well done.
The book is accurate in content areas that address the basics of nutritional science. For example, the information about nutrients, how they are used to support health and the foods in which they can be found is accurate. Conclusions/opinions presented by the authors about relationships between nutrients and or eating behaviors and health are sometimes inaccurate, overly simplified or overly generalized. For example, the statement that diabetes is caused by diet is not true. Diet is only one of many contributing factors. Similarly, the statement that "to do all of the things that you like to do are dependent upon one factor—your health" is an over simplification that serves as bias toward nutrition as "the one" factor necessary for good health and good living
The factual components of the text are current and easily updated thanks to the modular format of the text. The real issue is that rather than having resources and references at the end of chapter sections, they are embedded in the text making it not only challenging to read but also challenging and cumbersome to update the links that are no longer working. Some material related to dietary trends and fads needs to be updated and some notions about age groups have changed over time. For example people aged 51 are no longer considered "older adults".
The prose is clear , free of jargon and based on the "SMOG method", written at an 11th to 12th grade level. Definitions are also provided where needed. No glossary.
The book is consistent in format, framework and terminology.
The book is designed as a modular text. There are assignments/activities at the end of each section within the chapters that make it easy to use the text in a variety of course delivery methods/timelines.
The book is organized in a logical fashion moving from simple to complex. Chapter divisions make it easy for the reader to assess their knowledge in manageable chunks.
The text integrates the narrative with both internal and external links . Most of the external links are broken and take the reader to pages that either don't exist or are "deep links" that require a great deal of searching to locate. Even the Appendix which is a link to dietary requirements is broken. Many of the internal links seem unnecessary or inappropriate. For example there is a discussion of the nutritional triad (social, physical, mental) and an internal link takes the reader to a picture of three women in yoga poses pointing at the words social, physical,mental.
The text is free of spelling and grammatical errors.
The book uses images of persons from a variety of races, genders and ages. No offensive language or cultural references were noted.
This book is like a classic car that no longer runs but still has value in its parts. There are segments, tables and charts that could be "harvested" and used to support learning about nutrients , their sources and and how healthy eating is life sustaining.
All areas of the subject were covered appropriately. Terms were defined throughout the text, but a comprehensive glossary or index was not found. read more
All areas of the subject were covered appropriately. Terms were defined throughout the text, but a comprehensive glossary or index was not found.
The vast majority of the content was accurate, but some of the content needs to be updated and therefore not accurate.
The vast majority of the content was up-to-date, but some of the content needs to be updated. For example, content relating to the nutrition facts label is not updated.
The writing is clear and easy to understand. Adequate context is provided.
The text is internally consistent, using the same terminology and framework throughout.
The text is broken up appropriately, allowing for breaks in the reading with links to outside resources, figures, etc.
The topic are organized in a logical manner.
Several broken links to outside resources were found in chapters 1-3 (none of the other chapters' links were checked).
No grammatical errors were noted in the text.
The text is culturally sensitive and does a nice job of using examples from different cultures and exploring the diets of different cultures as well.
The authors comprehensively covered the topics from all aspects. read more
The authors comprehensively covered the topics from all aspects.
Quite accurate information
The book is timely and relevant to the area of human nutrition
Authors used very easy and clear language to follow
pretty good consistency.
The text is very rich with background, at some point lay language is used for better understanding.
The book is well organized. It is divided into broader chapters and small topics with each chapters
The text is certainly free from from and interface issues. Figures and images are clear. The book is nicely displayed.
No grammatical mistakes was seen
No cultural sensitive item was observed.
This is a great book to adopt for human nutrition.
The textbook does cover the surface of many topics important for students to know and understand and can use. read more
The textbook does cover the surface of many topics important for students to know and understand and can use.
The information is unbiased. There needs to be some updating to some of the content. As in any science field, nutrition keeps changing and there would need to be some supplements added to this text to bring it up to date. This would definitely be possible to do by the instructor.
There are some links that no longer work and would need to be updated. Also there has been some new information that can be added in terms of fad diets and diet trends that are new since the text has been written.
The language/terminology used is appropriate for an introduction course and mainly taken by students who are not science majors and just want some background information about nutrition.
The set up of each chapter has a good flow and easy to understand.
The chapters are set up as if you can use them in that order but wouldn't matter if they were used out of order either. They are pretty much separate topics but can also be related.
Each topic is very clear and covers the majority of the information for an introduction course. Understandable and usable information is presented.
Some links do not work and may need to replaced or updated with newer information.
I did not notice grammatical errors.
The textbook can be used by anyone, There is no cultural insensitivity at all.
This is a textbook to consider for an Introduction course. The updates and additional topics could be supplemented without a problem.
The textbook does an excellent job fulfilling its purpose of communicating nutrition content to a novice audience with a non-science background. The table of contents appropriately links content provided in each chapter including subtitles and end... read more
The textbook does an excellent job fulfilling its purpose of communicating nutrition content to a novice audience with a non-science background. The table of contents appropriately links content provided in each chapter including subtitles and end of chapter exercises.
The content was accurate and unbiased. Controversial topics were handled fairly with all opinions presented. I appreciated the functional approach discussing nutrition in the context of different bodily systems. This is very intuitive for an introductory level course.
Much of the basic science content will not need to be updated, and sections that will need to be updated (e.g. reference intakes, results from pending clinical trials, updates on controversial topics) should not be difficult to edit.
All key terms are in bold throughout the textbook and carefully defined. I also appreciated the external links to video explanations where relevant.
The text is internally consistent in regard to terminology and structure. The section and subsection layout was easy to follow throughout.
The chapter sections and subsections are easy to follow, and the authors do a great job building on content discussed in earlier chapters. The key takeaways and discussion segments at the end of each chapter are a great way to connect readers with the content, and provide topics of conversation in the classroom.
The topics are presented in a logical manner consistent with other nutrition textbooks.
While the text was mostly easy to navigate, I would have also appreciated a small table of contents at the beginning of each chapter with links to different parts of the chapter. This would make each chapter much easier to navigate. Also, some of the external links were broken, and some tables were not fully viewable (e.g. Tables 2.12 and 4.7).
I did not notice any grammatical errors.
The content at the end of the textbook on food industry, politics, cost and security was an excellent addition. I also appreciated the comparisons of diets across cultures, and pros/cons of popular dietary regiments.
This text does a good job at providing students with information about macro- and micro-nutrients and how they work in your body. It also covers nutrition at different life stages. The target audience is well thought about in this book, and is... read more
This text does a good job at providing students with information about macro- and micro-nutrients and how they work in your body. It also covers nutrition at different life stages. The target audience is well thought about in this book, and is needed for students that are not nutrition majors.
I did not notice any inaccuracies.
This text is up-to-date, but will need to be updated when the new Dietary Guidelines are published. However, this is something that I, as an instructor, can supplement to my students. The logical nature of each chapter in the book as well as the overall progression allows for students to have a well rounded understanding of nutrition.
The textbook does a good job of explaining key terms as the person is reading (on the left side of the page), and avoids any extreme use of terminology that students might not be able to grasp.
The chapters are set up the same way, which helps the reader to know what to expect as they progress through the textbook. The key takeaways and discussion starters are great tools to help students understand what they are reading and can serve as prompts in class for discussion. The end of the chapter exercises also provide this opportunity to engage with the reading and make sure students comprehended the information.
The sections are broken down into appropriate sizes by topics. I like that the table of contents include the sections as well. This helps students quickly find the information they are looking for.
Overall the organization is well thought out. Each chapter has components that build on previous chapters, but not in such a way that doesn't allow you to skip chapters or reorder the readings.
The charts and for some of the chapters were cut off, I think this is likely because this was designed with a book-binding format, but I was still able to read the information and understand what it intended to state. Appendix A's link did not work when I clicked on it to see the DRI tables.
No issues that I noted.
Chapter 14 does a good job of highlighting "Diets Around the World" which provides different cultural takes on diets. I did not note anything insensitive.
For the target audience, the book is right on track. It doesn't assume one has a chemistry or biology background - perfect for my nutrition course. read more
For the target audience, the book is right on track. It doesn't assume one has a chemistry or biology background - perfect for my nutrition course.
I didn't see any incorrect information.
The book is fairly up to date (available since the end of 2012) but with this level of textbook and its information it isn't likely to change much. Any new information is something that I try to incorporate into my class materials regardless of the textbook source. When the FNB publishes new guidelines in 2020, I will be able to update these for my students easily.
I like how important terms are defined on the left side of the page.
Each of the chapters is set up the same way making it very intuitive once a student becomes familiar with the textbook. I believe the 'Key Takeaways' and 'Discussion Starters' at the end of each section and the 'End-of-Chapter Exercises' will help students insure they truly understood what they just read.
The way each chapter is broken down into sections will work well for my class. Each section is listed in the Table of Contents as well, making it even easier for students to find what they need. The 'End-of-Chapter Exercises' are even in the TOC.
Occasionally there are topics I have tackled in a slightly different order in the past (vegetarianism after a discussion of protein structure and function for example) but that's just personal taste.
The only issue I had with some of the charts is that some of the acronyms in the chart were not explained in the description. Some of the writing was small as well, though I'm not sure how the authors could have dealt with that and still had a good flow of information rather than flipping back and forth between pages to see a larger chart.
I did not see any grammatical errors.
I feel the textbook did well in this area. Chapter 14 Politics and Perspectives covered the globe well in the 'Diets around the World' section.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: Nutrition and You
- Chapter 2: Achieving a Healthy Diet
- Chapter 3: Nutrition and the Human Body
- Chapter 4: Carbohydrates
- Chapter 5: Lipids
- Chapter 6: Proteins
- Chapter 7: Nutrients Important to Fluid and Electrolyte Balance
- Chapter 8: Nutrients Important As Antioxidants
- Chapter 9: Nutrients Important for Bone Health
- Chapter 10: Nutrients Important for Metabolism and Blood Function
- Chapter 11: Energy Balance and Body Weight
- Chapter 12: Nutrition through the Life Cycle: From Pregnancy to the Toddler Years
- Chapter 13: Nutrition through the Life Cycle: From Childhood to the Elderly Years
- Chapter 14: Nutrition and Society: Food Politics and Perspectives
- Chapter 15: Achieving Optimal Health: Wellness and Nutrition
- Chapter 16: Appendix A
About the Book
Welcome to Essentials of Nutrition: A Functional Approach! This book is written for students who are not majoring in nutrition, but want to learn about the fundamental aspects of nutrition and how it applies to their own lives. We have written this book with the assumption that you have little or no prior knowledge of college level chemistry, biology, or physiology. But that does not mean it’s not scientific! Nutrition is a science-based discipline, so all the material included is backed up by rigorous scientific research, but it is presented in a clear, easy-to-understand fashion without requiring a background in science.