Nutrition: Science and Everyday Application - beta v 0.1
Alice Callahan, Lane Community College
Heather Leonard, Lane Community College
Tamberly Powell, Lane Community College
Copyright Year: 2020
ISBN 13: 9781636350035
Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources
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The content is well organized and each chapter has a comprehensive layout of information presented so that regardless of the learner's background they can understand the foundation of the chapter before diving into more specifics. Pictures are... read more
The content is well organized and each chapter has a comprehensive layout of information presented so that regardless of the learner's background they can understand the foundation of the chapter before diving into more specifics. Pictures are provided to enhance the learners' comprehension.
All information appears accurate, error free and unbiased.
This text is written in a way that would provide a foundation for an introductory nutrition course, but would not be appropriate for a sports nutrition-focused course.
Information is presented in a logical, clear flow.
Each chapter is layed out in a similar format to provide a general overview and then provides more specifics. Multiple examples are provided throughout the text.
The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course starting broad and developing more specific content in a logical way for learners. For example, the authors provide a general overview of minerals/vitamins and how it used with the various body systems.
Each chapter is laid out in a similar format to provide a general overview and then provide more specifics. Multiple examples are provided throughout the text.
The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader.
The text contains no grammatical errors.
The authors feature multiple caucasian Americans but lack diversity in pictures.
I would adopt this book for my intro nutrition course due to its comprehensive nature.
The text covers all areas of the subject at an appropriate level of detail expected for a basic human nutrition course. As the authors state in their introduction, this text was developed for a nutrition course taken by many types of students,... read more
The text covers all areas of the subject at an appropriate level of detail expected for a basic human nutrition course. As the authors state in their introduction, this text was developed for a nutrition course taken by many types of students, including those who wish to pursue careers in healthcare as well as those who simply want to learn more about the topic. As such, I felt that the depth and comprehensiveness was appropriate. The content areas followed a similar outline to what I have seen in other texts on this subject.
Content was accurate and up to date with current science. I especially appreciated the direct references to published research, particularly in the section on "Lipid Recommendations and Heart Health."
Content is up to date and I believe it will be easy and straightforward to update as the science evolves. The authors are careful to make it clear when the evidence on certain subjects is limited, and also explain that lack of evidence does not necessarily mean lack of relationship or effect (such as in their discussion on the role of potassium in hypertension). Framing the text in this way will make it easier to update and edit in the future as more evidence becomes available. Current trends and topics are introduced but done in such a way that will allow for editing.
Clarity was appropriate for the intended audience. I didn't feel that there was any jargon or terminology used that would be beyond the basic prerequisites for this course, and anything that might have be new for some students was defined clearly.
Text was consistent in terms of terminology and framework. Each unit provided consistency and structure for students, beginning with clearly presented Unit Learning Objectives followed by videos to enhance the content and self-checks to assess student understanding. I think that with this consistency, students will know what to expect each week as they complete their work; there will be no surprises.
The text was developed to align with a 10-week course, with one unit per week, which I believe is reasonable given the depth of content. The text was easy to read and visually broken up into manageable sections with figures, videos, or other supporting graphics.
The topics follow similar outlines to what I have seen in other text for this level of nutrition. The progression is logical and each section builds conceptually off of the previous one.
I did not experience any significant interface issues. Navigation was clear and easy to follow, no images or visuals were distorted, and I was not distracted by any features. The interface felt very much like reading an article on a popular media website (but without the pop-ups and ads!); in other words, a format that should be familiar and non-intimidating for students.
I did not come across any grammatical errors.
I did not note any cultural insensitivities or offensiveness. The authors did well acknowledging the importance of culture in terms of race, ethnicity, and background but also in terms of environment and how those differences may impact individual and population health and nutrition. There is opportunity for improvement in the discussion of "Factors that Drive Food Choices," in the second section of Unit 1. Culture is listed as a driving factor but is only given a one sentence explanation.
Overall I thought the authors did a great job discussing nutrition in a way that made the science accessible and open for discussion as opposed to static and inflexible. They were careful to explain how different people will experience nutrition in different ways, and how our scientific understanding of nutrition is constantly evolving. This approach helps students to think critically about the information and keep an open mind when it comes to recommendations and guidelines.
This book is both covers over-arching principles as well as gets in depth on the science of nutrition. It uses helpful metaphors and integrates videos to help further delve into the topics presented. Even the section discussing atoms and molecules... read more
This book is both covers over-arching principles as well as gets in depth on the science of nutrition. It uses helpful metaphors and integrates videos to help further delve into the topics presented. Even the section discussing atoms and molecules had me a little overwhelmed in the start of the section, however by the time the examples and videos were done, I had finally understood the key concepts like covalent bonds and why it matters if a compound is organic or inorganic. It was super informative and related back to food in a way that was actually understandable for someone with a food background, not a science background.
Book was very accurate. Facts were up to date and relevant to current times.
While the book was up to date and relevant with current times, I think it missed an opportunity to talk about the historical shifts in nutrition on a societal level. It focused mainly on current trends or trends in the food pyramid, but I would have love to see discussions on the molecular shifts in the foods based on how they are grown. I think there was a missed opportunity in terms of talking about the difference between fresh/alive flour and nonbleached enriched flour especially when talking about gluten intolerance vs celiac. However, maybe there isn't enough peer reviewed information on the topic to be included quite yet.
Very clear and easy to read. Sometimes there are sections where I felt overwhelmed at first, but the method that the authors use to explain everything is smart and by the end of each section I felt I had a better grasp on the topic.
Very consistent in language, philosophy, and sequencing.
I would give this a 6 if I could - this is book is formatted beautifully into modular sections. Easy to follow, builds on previous sections, and already in the right order for a class.
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No issues, easy to use and follow. Links worked great and were easy to watch and continue on.
No errors that I saw.
I don't think there were any issues that would make this book culturally insensitive, however I would have like to see a little more discussion about cuisines across the globe. I think it was very well addressed, but I also always like to see how nutrition crosses cultures and varies across the globe. Also, information on what happens to those who move into a new culture and how that affects their nutrition would be great to see in future updates.
This is a GREAT introduction to nutrition that would be an excellent class textbook. I would love to see more supplemental information about where our food comes from and long term effects of commodity products on the body, but that could be the rebel Chef in me. In my business we call the USDA, the "US-DUH" as they mostly support large scale commodity products or government agenda, and do not always reflect the most accurate nutritional information available. Which is also why I love the acronym "CRAAP" that was in the book talking about how to check whether or not to believe studies. That section was fantastic and truly well written. Overall excellent Textbook!
Table of Contents
- Unit 1 - Designing A Healthy Diet
- Unit 2 - Nutrition Science and Information Literacy
- Unit 3 - Molecules of Life: Photosynthesis, Digestion, and Metabolism
- Unit 4- Carbohydrates
- Unit 5- Lipids
- Unit 6- Protein
- Unit 7- Energy Balance and Healthy Body Weight
- Unit 8 - Vitamins and Minerals Part 1
- Unit 9 - Vitamins and Minerals Part 2
- Unit 10 - Nutrition and Physical Activity
- Unit 11 - Nutrition Throughout the Lifespan
About the Book
This book is designed as an OER text and learning resource for undergraduate students enrolled in FN 225 Nutrition at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. The book covers basic nutrition and metabolism, information literacy, energy balance, nutrition across life stages, dietary supplements, an in-depth look at each of the macronutrients, and major functions of vitamins and minerals.
About the Contributors
Alice Callahan is a nutrition instructor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, with a PhD in Nutritional Biology from the University of California, Davis. She is also a health and science writer with articles published in outlets such as The New York Times and The Washington Post and the author of a book about making evidence-based parenting decisions, The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby’s First Year, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. In both her teaching and writing, her focus is on making science accessible and applicable to everyday life. She is a mother to two children and enjoys running, hiking, backpacking, reading, and baking.
Heather Leonard is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a master’s degree in Prevention Science. She is a nutrition instructor at Lane Community College where she loves helping students make connections between nutrition and their personal lifestyles. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Prevention Science at the University of Oregon. She is the mother to three children and enjoys exploring the outdoors through trail running and ultramarathons.
Tamberly Powell is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a master’s degree in Nutrition and Foodservice Management. She is a nutrition faculty member and program coordinator for Health and Nutrition at Lane Community College. She is passionate about saving students’ money by offering low-cost or OER materials and engaging students through online learning. She enjoys being a mom of two girls, staying active through outdoor recreation in the Pacific Northwest, playing tennis, and reading a good book.