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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: I had the pleasure of reviewing the first edition of this book two years ago. This second edition continues to be the visually appealing book I remember, but with updated information. It continues to provide a wide array of photographs, courtesy of National Geographic.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce undergraduate college students to the world of nutrition. The objectives are worthy and the book goes above and beyond to engage readers by providing an exceptional amount of real-world information on timely topics.
Audience: The book is written for undergraduate students — it can be used by all college students as an introduction to nutrition. Both authors are authorities on the subject.
Features: All aspects of nutrition are covered. Each chapter contains learning objectives, text boxes of definitions, colorful figures, tables, key terms, and self tests. They also include critical and creative thinking questions to help reinforce learning. New to this edition are the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 (jointly issued and updated every five years by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)) as well as MyPlate, the 2011 USDA guide to healthy eating, that took the place of MyPyramid. This edition also includes a "debate" section, which helps students evaluate both sides of controversial topics. One interesting debate question is "Should you avoid high-fructose corn syrup?" The authors state the situation and claims, and then delve into the research. The entire book is visually appealing, making it easy to read and understand.
Assessment: As I stated in my review of the first edition, this is an excellent source of basic nutrition information for undergraduate students. This amazingly illustrated book will certainly hold the attention of readers learning about nutrition.