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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This book covers all aspects of the basic nutrients and their purposes. Published just two years after the previous edition, this update was necessary due to the ongoing research in nutrition. This edition also includes far more figures and tables than its predecessor.
Purpose: The book assumes that readers have completed courses in introductory nutrition, biochemistry, and anatomy and physiology. It is meant for nutrition/dietetics majors or those beginning master of science degrees.
Audience: The audience is higher level students with a solid background in nutrition. Both authors are PhDs and registered dietitians.
Features: Each chapter starts with a set of objectives as well as a list of bullet points highlighting the material covered in the previous chapter ("Here's Where You Have Been" and "Here's Where You Are Going"). The majority of the chapters include special features sections. For example, the chapter on nutrition, exercise, and athletic performance includes a thorough overview of the current research on caffeine and athletic performance. This section has been slightly updated from the second edition. Two new chapters cover fiber (previously part of the carbohydrates chapter) and nutraceuticals and functional foods. All the chapters include a "Before You Go On" section that presents questions that readers can use to assess if they have absorbed the key concepts of that chapter. The book also includes a companion website, which features animated flashcards, matching exercises, and nutrition science animations.
Assessment: This continues to be a solid textbook for nutrition majors and master of science students. It is also a good reference for practicing dietitians to use as a refresher on the basics of nutrition.