Nutrition and Well-Being A-Z

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Library Journal
This two-volume set does not tell the reader how to eat right. Instead, experts in nutrition, public health, food science, agriculture, and health education have contributed short essays on general nutritional conditions; topics include dietary habits, eating diseases and disorders, health risks and food safety, the eating habits of various ethnic groups, weight loss issues as well as professional matters, and health programs and organizations. The essays are fairly detailed and provide a good starting point for further, more in-depth research; the alphabetically arranged entries include bibliographies and listings of internet resources. The writing level is suitable for high school readers and up, and the sidebar glossaries of terms highlighted in the essays add to the volumes' usefulness for students. A helpful topical outline organizes the entries by category, and the entries include cross-references where applicable. There are also handy charts, such as the USDA Food Guide Pyramid. Bottom Line The comprehensive three-volume Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition covers similar ground but with a price tag of over $1000. This is an excellent choice for smaller public and college collections that can't afford the Human Nutrition set and a good addition for a large library looking to build its consumer health reference collection. Elaine M. Lasda, SUNY Albany Lib. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-A no-nonsense, comprehensive encyclopedia that will be of use to students researching health and food-science topics. The set examines a variety of subjects such as "Antioxidants," "Appetite," "Fats," "Malnutrition," "Soy," and "Organic Foods." The food pyramid is clearly explained and food labels are deciphered line by line. Related topics include diseases that are associated with nutrition, such as osteoporosis and rickets, and health organizations. A global perspective is maintained throughout the work, with articles provided on the diets of geographic and ethnic groups worldwide. The authoritative entries are concise, if a little dry. Nutrition terminology is defined in the margins and included in the glossary. Average-quality, black-and-white photographs lend only slight visual appeal, but generally add information. Frequent graphs, tables, and sidebars supplement the text with more specific or esoteric material. The index has occasional lapses. The more appealing Encyclopedia of Foods (Academic, 2001) takes a less-clinical approach to its topic; it has color photos and contains practical advice on meal planning and preparation. Nutrition's straightforward coverage offers more information on disease and government oversight.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028657073
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 2.10 (d)

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