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Discovering Nutrition offers a concise look at the science of nutrition through the lens of today's issues and hot topics. In this compact, accessible overview, the central topics and scientific building blocks of nutrition are emphasized. The book follows the "life and times" of nutrients from their presence in the environment and the body to their role in health and disease, with a focus throughout on the current practical and social issues.
Part I: Nutrients in the Environment.
1. Nutrition Discovered.
The Many Faces of Nutrition.
Evolution of Nutrition Science.
Definition of a Nutrient.
Overview of the Nutrient Classes.
2. Nutrients in Detail.
3. The Circle of Life.
Energy - Universal Life Support.
Nutrients as Energy Distributors.
4. Nutrient Availability.
Global Food Availability.
Part II: Nutrients in the Body.
5. Nutrient Capture and Assimilation.
Nutrient Absorption and Transport.
6. The Absorptive State.
7. The Fasting States.
Part III: Physiologic Aspects of Nutrition.
8. Body Composition.
Body Fat-Too Much, Too Little.
Dieting vs. Weight Management.
9. Nutrition-Related Diseases.
Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke.
10. Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle.
Pregnancy and Lactation.
From Infants to Teenagers.
The Adult Years.
Part IV: Social and Economic Aspects of Nutrition.
11. Psychology of Nutrition.
To Eat or Not To Eat.
12. Use and Misuse of Nutrition Information.
From Research to Newspapers to Public Policy.
Understanding Disease Risk.
Interpreting Nutrition Information.
13. The Food Industry.
14. A Healthy Future.
The Concept of "Optimal Health".