Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies

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Cengage Learning, Apr 5, 2013 - Medical - 848 pages
Do pregnant women really crave pickles and ice cream? Are carbohydrates good or bad? These and many more topics are explored in NUTRITION: CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERSIES. The Thirteenth Edition of this text dispels common misconceptions about nutrition, and equips you with a thorough understanding of important nutrition concepts and tools that empower you to make informed decisions about your own nutrition choices. Known for its clear explanations that show you how topics relate to your life, the text provides the basics of nutrition—from how to be a good consumer to understanding the science of nutrition—and is packed with interactive learning tools and study aids to help you in your course.
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The first chapters establish the who's bad and who's good in the field of nutrition. The bad are best characterized by tv charlatans selling supplements. The good are best characterized by govt. bureaucracies and others who publish research.
What's most curious is that where food comes from, and the complete change in food production and market forces that have propelled what we eat in the last hundred years aren't mentioned. So words like soil, industrial farming, mergers and aquisitions, and the extreme limitations in diversity of crop selection don't get a mention in this book on American Nutrition.
In the first chapter the reader is confronted with developing his or her methods for changing what she eats. The necessity for personal change carries on throughout. It isn't a book about nutrition as much as it is a "how to" book and a book advocating specific govt. funded nutrient oriented approach to eating. Entities like FDA, CDC, USDA, and NHHS, who coordinate with the food and chemical corporations to fundamentally monetize our food production, are the same entities that publish the charts and guidelines the authors require the student study.
The student must answer questions about "The Dietary Reference Index", "Recommended Daily Allowance", "Adequate Intakes" charts, Acceptable Nutrient Distribution Ranges", "Estimated Average Requirements", "Tolerable Upper Intake Levels", etc.....
These are amazingly overlapping guidelines, any one of which would be adequate for the purpose of guiding nutrition must be mastered. The differences in methodology and bureaucratic overkill to create these competing pedagogies aren't explained. It isn't necessary to understand 7 complex systems each telling you to eat more legumes and less sugar. In fairness to each beauracracy and each interest group within it, we never the less get 7 overlapping methods the authors require us to grasp. These same pedagogies are necessary to really understand the labels on the junk we eat.
The businesses tied to what we eat have completely changed what we eat in the last hundred years. The govt. bureaucracies touted in the book have for decades facilitated the few businesses that now control food production and distribution.
If you simply want to shop for "nutrients" this book can help. If you want to understand what has happened, and is happening to food, this book is limited by its continuous focus on, and advocacy for the new Nutrition Industrial Complex.
For their own purpose (besides income), it would be far easier to simply advocate for eating roughly what our various great grand parents ate, before industrial food production tainted the food, soil, air, and oceans. Our great grandparents lived when crop diversity, multi-cropping, and concern for soil fertility was at its peak, and organic farming had no little or no industrial competition.
Of the 4-500,000 varieties of seed our ancestors developed, 5 genetically "improved" and monocropped varieties make up 60% of what we eat: but this book hails the diversity available to us! No mention of the chickens who can't move, spread their wings, or even stand up due to their breeding, drug load, and captivity. Nutrition? Who knows?
In 1996 the USDA pushed to include DNA to be included in monopoly patents, after 200 years of fighting against this same idea. Patenting life forms is just wrong from every angle but private profit. The same USDA that the authors honor helped Monsanto usher through the 1st patent for a life form. After 1000 years of developing all the different strains of Basmati Rice, Monsanto is now able to force their single variety on those farmers. It's now illegal to harvest and replant all those varieties. You must buy you seed from the patent holder - Monsanto. For this and similar reasons 100,000 Indian farmers committed suicide last year. I was dismayed and privileged to have the opportunity to repeatedly argue with the hapless patent

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Absolutely fascinating!


Food Choices and Human Health
Nutrition ToolsStandards and Guidelines
The Remarkable Body
The Carbohydrates Sugar Starch Glycogen and Fiber
The Lipids Fats Oils Phospholipids and Sterols
The Proteins and Amino Acids
The Vitamins
Water and Minerals
Diet and Health
Food Safety and Food Technology
Life Cycle Nutrition Mother and Infant
Child Teen and Older Adult
Hunger and the Global Environment
Appendix Table of Contents

Energy Balance and Healthy Body Weight
Nutrients Physical Activity and the Bodys Responses

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Frances Sizer is a founder and vice president of Nutrition and Health Associates, a nonprofit education and resource center for nutrition and related research. A Fellow of the American Dietetic Association and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sizer is a leading author in the field of nutrition. Her titles include NUTRITION: CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERSIES; NUTRITION CLINICS; THE FITNESS TRIAD: MOTIVATION, TRAINING, AND NUTRITION; and one of the first interactive learning tools ono the market called NUTRITION INTERACTIVE CD-ROM. In addition to writing, Ms. Sizer volunteers with hunger and homeless relief groups in her community. She earned her BS and MS degrees from Florida State University.

Ellie Whitney has coauthored almost a dozen textbooks on nutrition, health, and related topics. Before retiring, Dr. Whitney taught at Florida State University and Florida A&M University, and spent three decades studying Florida and its ecology. Today, she devotes her time and passion to climate change issues and volunteers for the nonpartisan national nonprofit Citizens Climate Lobby. Dr. Whitney holds B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Biology from Radcliffe and Washington Universities.

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