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From The CriticsReviewer: Neva L Crogan, PhD, APRN, BC (University of Arizona College of Nursing)
Description: This is the second edition of a popular, easy to understand nutrition information guide first published in 1996 by the American Dietetic Association.
Purpose: According to the author, the book was created as a practical, up-to-date resource for healthful eating. It is filled with practical advice designed to cover the lifespan from infancy to old age. Since the first edition in 1996, nutrition science has made important discoveries about nutrition and how it can affect overall health. This book will guide the layperson through the many nutrition facts and fallacies and help explain their impact on health and quality of life.
Audience: This nutrition guide was written for the general public to be used as a reference for the entire family. The author has recruited an impressive cadre of contributors and reviewers for this edition.
Features: This edition includes new topics such as herbal and botanical supplements, newly identified nutrition syndromes, and food-drug interactions. Special topics of interest include the latest on food-borne illnesses, facts about functional foods and phytonutritients for health, ethnic food choices, food labeling, food allergens, and how to manage body weight. Overall, this is a well written book presented in a positive manner. Although there are only black-and-white tables and figures, this shortcoming does not seem to detract from the overall presentation. Valuable appendixes and an index are included.
Assessment: Nutrition science is a constantly changing field of study. Due to this, subsequent editions will always be needed. This reference guide is presented in an easy to understand format using simple terms ideal for the general public.