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From The CriticsReviewer: Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This is the fifth edition of a book designed to give an overview of the major aspects of nutrition. It is separated into three units, covering the basic principles of nutrition, health promotion, and clinical practice. The fourth edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: The purpose is to teach basic nutrition knowledge to nursing students. However, it could be used as a refresher for all healthcare professionals. The updated edition is a needed resource for nursing students since nutrition guidelines change frequently.
Audience: Although written for nursing students, the book can be used by all healthcare professionals as an updated nutrition resource. The book is written by a registered dietitian.
Features: This edition includes recent updates to the dietary reference intakes (DRIs), nutrition facts labels, and nutrition recommendations from the American Heart Association, National Cholesterol Education Program, and American Diabetes Association. The book has a nice blend of tables, visuals, text, and key terms, which are defined in the margins. Also of particular interest are the "Quick Bites" that appear throughout the chapters, which give helpful basic information for teachable moments with patients. Another useful section in each chapter, labeled, "How Do You Respond," provides practical advice for dealing with questions typically asked about nutrition. The diabetes section is a little outdated, using the nutrition recommendations and the exchange lists from 2003. However, the basic concepts are still intact.
Assessment: This book is ideal for nursing students since it gives them a good basic overview of the important aspects of nutrition. It is excellent in providing simple, practical advice that can be used with patients. The update is a good replacement for the previous version.