Nutrition: Science and Everyday Application - beta v 0.1
Alice Callahan, Lane Community College
Heather Leonard, Lane Community College
Tamberly Powell, Lane Community College
Copyright Year: 2020
ISBN 13: 9781636350035
Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources
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The table of contents/outline for the entire textbook has a similar organization to other “mainstream” basic nutrition textbooks and seems to cover a wide range of nutrition topics. From the table of contents, larger nutrition concepts and deeper... read more
The table of contents/outline for the entire textbook has a similar organization to other “mainstream” basic nutrition textbooks and seems to cover a wide range of nutrition topics. From the table of contents, larger nutrition concepts and deeper discussion about sustainability and nutrition, farm to table references and food safety are missing as "major topics" in the text and I would have thought these to be better represented given their emphasis in the opening introduction of the test. However, as you dive into the text, while they aren't listed as major topic areas in the table of contents, they are discussed and mentioned (ie: sustainability in the Proteins Chapter & food safety in the Lifecycle Nutrition Chapter). The beauty about Open Access Materials is that the adopter is free to fortify the information presented in this text with additional topics relevant to how that adopter teaches the course! Overall, the book is quite comprehensive and references major nutrition recommendations both from the national and global context when reinforcing nutrition information.
In reading through the content, I have found that the authors have taken a very balanced approach when presenting the science and perspectives of nutrition science and recommendations. Some notable examples include discussion on the strengths of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the limitations in our process for establishing these guidelines. This type of transparency, particularly about the political process involved, is very important. I also appreciated the unit on energy balance and weight management, particularly the discussion on body mass index (BMI) and tempering its utility as a formula with the limitations of using BMI to evaluate health status. The section on metabolically healthy individuals that are evaluated as obese is an important consideration! The balanced discussion on breastfeeding is also commendable and recognition that women can have significant challenges and barriers to breastfeeding to the recommended duration.
One glaring error I found in the content was around recommendations and training for registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN's); 1200 hours of supervised practice is no longer required since we are moving to competency-based nutrition education (Who Can You Trust for Nutrition Information). This section should be updated.
Nutrition is a field that has constantly evolving science and recommendations. The text is written very succinctly, with short sections that are manageable, with just the right amount of content. Since the creation of this text, the authors have updated it to reflect the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and appeared very successful in doing so, which demonstrates the adaptability to this text!
The textbook is very approachable and is written very clearly. Any technical terminology is further defined, and students can "hover over" terms for greater context and an expanded definition! I also really love the many examples that the authors use to illustrate key points in the textbook, which makes the topic more interesting and exciting. A wonderful example of this is Colin O'Brady's story in the introduction to Energy Balance!
The authors have done a very good job with creating modules that are concise, informative and accurate. Each chapter module includes an introduction. The look and feel of each of the chapter modules are very similar. I appreciate the relevancy of their examples that are used throughout the text when describing concepts in a different way/ more in depth. One area for improvement on consistency is around abbreviated language. One example are the terms WIC and SNAP introduced in Chapter 2, which when first introduced are not expanded to give readers the actual names of those programs.
Each section of the text has a very similar look and feel in terms of its layout and consistently includes mixed content (text, pictures, figures and videos). Each section also includes a knowledge check! The authors have done a great job with representing a variety of resources and references in their text, including referencing other OER resources and those OER resources that were inspiration for their text. The authors also have a section in the text where they acknowledge recent updates that have been made to the resource. This also aligns with the relevance section of this rubric- update of the content to ensure its relevance.
The table of contents/outline for the entire textbook has a similar organization to other “mainstream” basic nutrition textbooks, with the absence of a few main topics which I have indicated above in the comprehensiveness section. However, I did find that each section across all the units transitioned well into the next and content was woven from previous units and sections into future content, creating continuity for student learning!
I like the efficiency of navigation with buttons at the bottom of the page prompting the user to move to the next page of content.
The videos would benefit from a caption, connecting how that video aligns with the chapter content, similar to the explanations that are given for figures. I did notice throughout that some videos do have captions that provide a bit more context for readers, yet being more consistent in how those captions are used would be advantageous.
There were no obvious grammatical errors in the text.
I really like the introduction to the book which sets the tone for a more inclusive, individualized viewpoint on nutrition/ food topics. It acknowledges that interest in nutrition is diverse. I really liked the inclusion of cultural foods and cultural food references (link to all of the dietary guidance recommendations across the globe) in the first chapter of the text. The authors have done a great job integrating the tone of inclusivity throughout the book, for example further referencing cultural food options, mentioning of health disparities and utilizing figures, photos and videos that were representative of a variety of races, ethnicities and backgrounds. Videos provided had the option to turn on close captioning for the hearing impaired. This inclusive approach helps the audience see their own story during their learning!
I very much enjoyed reviewing this OER and felt that the book did a wonderful job presenting relevant and current nutrition science and topics in an accessible way. I also appreciate how succinct and easy each unit was to read and the text was more enjoyable to interact with than others given the embedded resources (like videos, figure and graphs) and the presentation of the content which was "chunked" in very manageable pieces as to not provide too much or too little information at once! Highly recommend that nutrition instructors interested in OER review this text- it is worth the time and effort to do so!
All topics of an introductory course to nutrition are included. Although alcohol is not considered a nutrient, this topic is usually covered in similar textbooks that aren't open access. Also, a section for water is needed. It would be a good... read more
All topics of an introductory course to nutrition are included. Although alcohol is not considered a nutrient, this topic is usually covered in similar textbooks that aren't open access. Also, a section for water is needed. It would be a good idea to add specific diseases related to the topics of each module. A section about obesity and hormones can be added to the Digestive System section along with fad diets. Although it isn't comprehensive, the explanation of cellular respiration is adequate for a non-majors introductory level course. The glossary is effective. The text would be greatly improved by adding a table of contents page and an index section. Adding the dietary reference tables at the end of the book would help the reader identify their dietary needs.
The themes and definitions used in this textbook are aligned with those used by Pearson and McGraw-Hill.
In 2021 the section, “Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” was updated to reflect the 2020 recommendations. The information presented for diabetes mellitus in the US dates back to 2015; I would recommend updating figures and data each year.
Although simplified in its explanations, this textbook is adequate for a lower-level non-majors course. The figures can be improved, they have technical terms/abbreviations that are not explained in the text, only mentioned in the figure's description. For example, the role and location of GLUT4 transporters in glucose metabolism. Also, the glucose ranges for normal, low and elevated glucose levels are not stated. Embedded videos are helpful in clarifying concepts.
Although there are three authors, there are no major issues with the text's consistency in style, use of terminology and framework.
The topics of the modules flow in a logical order. They are broken down in a way that is similar to an intro to nutrition textbooks by major publishers. There are various types of check your understanding type questions at the end of each section which help review the information.
Topics are organized in a logical and well-flowing fashion. Vitamins and Minerals topics could be better placed after Proteins.
Links are active, embedded activities work and videos play without a problem.
There are no issues with grammar. The textbook is written in a conversational style. I can imagine the author speaking to the reader, asking and answering questions as they would in a class.
The textbook is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. However, there is no discussion of the higher risk of developing DM II in Hispanic and African American populations or lactose intolerance in those of Asian descent.
This textbook provides a general overview of nutrition. It best suits one-semester introduction to nutrition course for non-majors. I would not recommend this textbook to be used in a biology majors curriculum.
This OER contains most elements found in a basic, introductory nutritional science textbook and follows a similar flow. Classic and current nutrition considerations are incorporated including basic nutrition principles as well as modern nutrition... read more
This OER contains most elements found in a basic, introductory nutritional science textbook and follows a similar flow. Classic and current nutrition considerations are incorporated including basic nutrition principles as well as modern nutrition concerns, such as sustainability. The index is clear and there is a comprehensive glossary.
The text's content appears accurate, and the material is presented in a neutral, unbiased way and does not appear to support one pattern of healthy eating over another, but rather focuses on general, evidenced-based recommendations.
This resource has a section titled "Updates Made to OER" that includes the date, page number, unit, and summarizes the changes made. The "Introduction" section also encourages communication with the authors to provide feedback, suggestions, and corrections; in addition, there is an opportunity to track resource usage and for contact about important updates.
The text flows well and is written in a pleasing way that is not overly scientific or full of jargon, but still honors facts and data.
The macronutrient sections could be more consistent in how they are presented and organized. For example, the protein section starts with an introduction and then structure and function. While the carbohydrate and lipid sections address structure and function, it is not presented in the same way, which may or may not be appreciated by the novice reader.
This text is easily and readily divided into smaller sections that contain not just reading, but also visuals like pictures and graphics. In addition, there are video links and "test-your-knowledge" style interaction components.
Generally speaking, the topics are presented in a logical and clear manner. There is no right or wrong way to present the micronutrients but separating them may help for better understanding of the unique differences between minerals and vitamins.
Minimal interface issues were noted while navigating through the resource.
No overt grammatical errors were noted.
Food and nutrition are inherently cultural, and these aspects were addressed in this text.
Although I do not always agree with lifecycle nutrition considerations being infused into a general nutrition textbook (I feel it warrants a text in and of itself, and many do exist), I was pleased to see the inclusion of eating competency in the "Raising Healthy Eaters" section in Unit 11. Most other general nutrition texts do not touch upon this crucial topic in the way this OER did. Discussing nuance with feeding both kids and adults is incredibly important as there is a balance between a healthy diet and mental health (and a whole lot of grey in the middle). In addition to HAES and the Satter Eating Competence Method, a revision of the text might benefit from including the Intuitive Eating Principles.
The text provides a comprehensive coverage of all topics provided in their chapters. The chapters are laid out logically and include enough detail for an entry-level nutrition course. It is just challenging enough, without being overly... read more
The text provides a comprehensive coverage of all topics provided in their chapters.
The chapters are laid out logically and include enough detail for an entry-level nutrition course. It is just challenging enough, without being overly technical. There is more detail on digestion, absorption, and metabolism in the text I currently use, so I might add more to this section.
I found the content to be accurate. I compared it to the current text that I use and the chapter material is similar and the concepts are factual and up to date.
This text provides more information on food intolerances, gastrointestinal illnesses, including celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease than the text I currently use.
Chapter on physical activity has precise distinction between anaerobic and aerobic metabolism and reactions that take place within the cytosol versus the mitochondria. The sports drink recipe is very useful.
The chapter on life cycle nutrition provides a general overview of major nutrient requirements at each stage of life from pregnancy to infancy to the later years. At first, I thought that this might not be adequate since the current text I use has separate chapters for each stage. However, this chapter provides adequate information.
The introduction to molecules and basic chemistry sections are very useful.
The text provides some excellent hyperlinks to sites that students would find to be useful. These include the explanation of bomb calorimetry and the brief program on the “blue zones” program.
The self-check questions at the end of each chapter section are very useful and provide a great way for the reader to get immediate feedback on whether the material is understood.
Glad to see Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health Healthy Eating Plate on p. 69 – and its contrast with the USDA “my plate” guide, as it gives the readers greater awareness of healthy options from each food group.
Very readable format and very useful self-study quizzes with immediate feedback.
The chapters are laid out in a logical order. I'd recommend including a chapter on energy metabolism after the chapters on carbohydrate, protein, and fat.
I think that the headings and sub-headings are about right. I didn't have any trouble following the text, though I have been teaching this material for many years so I'm not sure how the modularity would look like from a student's perspective.
It's all well-organized. Each concept builds upon another.
I had no problems navigating it. The hyperlinks all worked and I found this images and charts to be laid out logically and in a sequence that wasn't hard to access or understand.
I didn't notice grammatical errors
I didn't notice a lot of cultural relevance. This is an introductory textbook on basic nutrition. I didn't notice any cultural insensitivity.
Overall, I like this text. It doesn't have everything I need, however.
For the course I teach, I would look for a text that includes a separate chapter on metabolism. In the text I use, there’s a chapter that gives more detailed steps of how glucose, glycerol and fatty acids, and amino acids, are utilized. It includes more details on gluconeogenesis and on the economics of feasting and fasting. The text I currently used includes a chapter on diet and health that covers a lot more information on heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and infectious disease than Nutrition: Science and Everyday Application provides. Lastly, our current text includes a chapter on consumer concerns about food and water and a chapter on hunger and the global environment. This isn’t in Nutrition: Science and Everyday Application. Still, I wouldn’t use the lack of these 2 chapters as criteria on textbook selection for Nutrition Science and Applications since we could incorporate this into a research paper assignment.
While I am open to the possibility of adopting the Nutrition: Science and Everyday Application text because I really like the way it is laid out and I find the self-study links very useful, I’d hesitate mainly due to the lack of a separate chapter on metabolism and a separate chapter on diet and health.
That said however, I plan to talk to other faculty who teach the same course (Fundamentals of Nutrition Science) and ask what they think. We would like to offer our students free access to texts.
(The text I use is Whitney, E & Rolfes, S (2022) Understanding Nutrition, 16th Edition, Belmont, CA. Wadsworth/Cengage Learning)
It begins with the concept of health and goes through the physiological concepts of atoms to organs to systems etc, spending more time on the substrates. read more
It begins with the concept of health and goes through the physiological concepts of atoms to organs to systems etc, spending more time on the substrates.
Using up to date resources.
The beauty of the text is that many units/chapters can be used independently of the rest.
Some topics are discussed in more detail than others i.e. organs vs systems. It is written at an appropriate beginner level in order to gain interest from the reader and engage the reader further. Beginning the book with real life examples that pertain to nutrition is helpful in engaging the reader further.
Some chapters went into more detail than others.
Yes, the chapters flow in the units;
May make more sense for Unit 1 and Unit 2 to be at the end with the exercise Unit since they are unique.
Some graphs are more discernable and usable than others.
Grammar is sound.
Needed to address cultural competency with the Designing programs information.
The book covers a wide range of topics making this a great resource for people with no nutrition background. Some areas such as the Tools for Achieving a Health Diet in Unit 1 is covered with great depth. Other chapters such as Pregnancy and... read more
The book covers a wide range of topics making this a great resource for people with no nutrition background. Some areas such as the Tools for Achieving a Health Diet in Unit 1 is covered with great depth. Other chapters such as Pregnancy and Lactation are not as comprehensive. This chapter covers pregnancy in great detail but has little to no information on lactation concepts. Lactation is covered in the early infancy chapter, there needs to be a better chapter title organization.
Unit 11 - Nutrition Throughout the Lifespan covers some phases of the lifecycle but is missing some such as school aged child, and adult phase.
Content is generally accurate. Unit 8 and Unit 9 are both covering vitamins and minerals with a creative and unique approach. Some minerals such as calcium and bone health take up more space in coverage than others. Vitamins and minerals involved in blood health discuss iron, and vitamin K only. High blood pressure is major public health problem related to sodium and potassium intake. The fact that there is no discussion of these two nutrients and blood health limits the accuracy and shows some level of information bias under this section
Content is up-to date given most reference sources are from within the last 5 years. The text is written in a way that will allow any necessary updates relatively easy and straightforward to implement.
The text is written in a lucid, somewhat accessible prose and provides some but not complete context for jargon/technical terminology use. For example, in the Protein Choice and Sustainability, there is no context for what sustainability means in agricultural protein production. Sustainability issues in food production, food security and planet health have gained attention among scientists and governments.
Because the book makes the attempt to cover many nutrition topics in one book, internal consistency in terms of terminology and framework can be improved. There is little consistency within and between Units.
The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course. Text cannot be easily reorganized and realigned with subunits of a course without presenting disruption to the reader. Implementation of suggestion in the Organization section below may useful to the authors.
Some sections Unit 1, 2, & 11) contain topics that are presented in a logical and somewhat clear fashion. Other sections (Unit 4-9) could each use some restructuring for improved logical flow of information. Example of logical flow for each of the units: nutrient chemistry, nutrient function, recommendations for daily intake, best food sources, impact of inadequate or excessive intake, practical application exercises etc.
Expectations for "Everyday Applications" as indicated in the book title should provide the reader with practical activities to apply the information in their own daily nutrition. For example: under carbohydrates, an exercise to record, count and evaluate carbohydrate intake using an evidence-based method such recommended percentage of calories from carbohydrates.
The text is free of significant interface issues. It is easy to navigate with no problems but I find some sections distract the reader due to image or media overload. Example: , Unit 6 - Protein Choices and Sustainability; Unit 7 - Best Practices for Weight Management
The text does not contain grammatical errors
The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. Examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and background is evident in some sections. For example, in Unit 1, under the Tools for Achieving a Healthy Diet, nutritional guidelines for different countries is given. Other sections (Unit 6 - Protein) such as Protein Food Choices and Sustainability focused heavily in planetary health and failed to describe the plant-based eating patterns that are based on religion, animal rights activism and culture. Screen-reader users may have difficulty in understanding some images that lack captions, titles or footnotes.
This is a potentially great resource for undergraduate students. Information literacy, basic nutrition of macronutrient, energy balance, metabolism is covered adequately. Vitamins, minerals, nutrition throughout the lifespan and energy balance sections can be rearranged with logical flow of information that is less disruptive to the reader. Because the book title suggested "everyday applications" the units should provide practical exercises to engage the reader in nutritional health promotion.
The topics covered in this text are ideal for an introduction class in nutrition. The reader is exposed to a wide variety of the basics of nutrition science. read more
The topics covered in this text are ideal for an introduction class in nutrition. The reader is exposed to a wide variety of the basics of nutrition science.
Appropriate citations are provided for information accuracy.
The nutrition science and information literacy chapter is a great addition to this text.
Scientific terms, along with easy to understand language is utilized in this text. A great mix for an introduction course.
The text is consistent in terminology used throughout the book.
Chapter topics are divided appropriately so an instructor can assign smaller reading sections.
The format allows a reader to be introduced to broad nutrition topics and then digs into the specifics of macro and micronutrients.
Images, videos and photos are displayed accurately and enhance the text.
No grammar issues apparent.
The authors provide a variety of races, ethnicities and backgrounds in the text and photos.
After reviewing this text I will be sharing with my adjuncts on how we can begin using it.
This book is quite comprehensive in its coverage of basic nutrition topics. The table of contents is very user-friendly and appropriately detailed and there is an option to 'search in book,' if you are looking for a specific term. read more
This book is quite comprehensive in its coverage of basic nutrition topics. The table of contents is very user-friendly and appropriately detailed and there is an option to 'search in book,' if you are looking for a specific term.
The content in this book appears to be accurate, error-free and unbiased.
The content is very up-to-date. One of the first things I noticed was the section called 'Updates Made to OER,' which provides a table describing the important updates made 8 months ago due to the chance in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Additionally, there is a 'Note to Educators' in the Introduction that mentions that an instructor will be notified if there are any updates. The way the book is arranged, in small sections, makes me believe updates should be fairly easy to integrate.
This textbook was written very clearly for a college-aged audience with a basic science background. Keywords are provided in bold type and then defined either before or after.
The book was very consistent in terms of formatting. Each unit started with an introduction of that particular topic and then flowed through topics, typically from basic to more specific. I will say that I felt the chapters in the macronutrient units could have been arranged a bit more consistently between carbohydrates, lipids and protein.
There are 11 units, which easily could be arranged as 1 unit per week of class in a semester. Also - the text is easy on the eyes in that it is broken up nicely with headings, pictures and videos.
The topics in this textbook are presented in a way that makes sense as you move through important basic topics of nutritional science.
Navigation was seamless and smooth.
I did not come across any grammatical errors.
The text does not seem to have any culturally insensitive or offensive material. The pictures provided throughout the textbook represented many different races and ethnicities.
This was a very enjoyable textbook to navigate. The integration of videos truly plays to a new generation of tech-savvy students as well as to various learning styles. It would be nice if the authors could think about creating a follow-up textbook that covered nutritional science in various conditions and disease states.
The content is well organized and each chapter has a comprehensive layout of information presented so that regardless of the learner's background they can understand the foundation of the chapter before diving into more specifics. Pictures are... read more
The content is well organized and each chapter has a comprehensive layout of information presented so that regardless of the learner's background they can understand the foundation of the chapter before diving into more specifics. Pictures are provided to enhance the learners' comprehension.
All information appears accurate, error free and unbiased.
This text is written in a way that would provide a foundation for an introductory nutrition course, but would not be appropriate for a sports nutrition-focused course.
Information is presented in a logical, clear flow.
Each chapter is layed out in a similar format to provide a general overview and then provides more specifics. Multiple examples are provided throughout the text.
The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course starting broad and developing more specific content in a logical way for learners. For example, the authors provide a general overview of minerals/vitamins and how it used with the various body systems.
Each chapter is laid out in a similar format to provide a general overview and then provide more specifics. Multiple examples are provided throughout the text.
The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader.
The text contains no grammatical errors.
The authors feature multiple caucasian Americans but lack diversity in pictures.
I would adopt this book for my intro nutrition course due to its comprehensive nature.
The text covers all areas of the subject at an appropriate level of detail expected for a basic human nutrition course. As the authors state in their introduction, this text was developed for a nutrition course taken by many types of students,... read more
The text covers all areas of the subject at an appropriate level of detail expected for a basic human nutrition course. As the authors state in their introduction, this text was developed for a nutrition course taken by many types of students, including those who wish to pursue careers in healthcare as well as those who simply want to learn more about the topic. As such, I felt that the depth and comprehensiveness was appropriate. The content areas followed a similar outline to what I have seen in other texts on this subject.
Content was accurate and up to date with current science. I especially appreciated the direct references to published research, particularly in the section on "Lipid Recommendations and Heart Health."
Content is up to date and I believe it will be easy and straightforward to update as the science evolves. The authors are careful to make it clear when the evidence on certain subjects is limited, and also explain that lack of evidence does not necessarily mean lack of relationship or effect (such as in their discussion on the role of potassium in hypertension). Framing the text in this way will make it easier to update and edit in the future as more evidence becomes available. Current trends and topics are introduced but done in such a way that will allow for editing.
Clarity was appropriate for the intended audience. I didn't feel that there was any jargon or terminology used that would be beyond the basic prerequisites for this course, and anything that might have be new for some students was defined clearly.
Text was consistent in terms of terminology and framework. Each unit provided consistency and structure for students, beginning with clearly presented Unit Learning Objectives followed by videos to enhance the content and self-checks to assess student understanding. I think that with this consistency, students will know what to expect each week as they complete their work; there will be no surprises.
The text was developed to align with a 10-week course, with one unit per week, which I believe is reasonable given the depth of content. The text was easy to read and visually broken up into manageable sections with figures, videos, or other supporting graphics.
The topics follow similar outlines to what I have seen in other text for this level of nutrition. The progression is logical and each section builds conceptually off of the previous one.
I did not experience any significant interface issues. Navigation was clear and easy to follow, no images or visuals were distorted, and I was not distracted by any features. The interface felt very much like reading an article on a popular media website (but without the pop-ups and ads!); in other words, a format that should be familiar and non-intimidating for students.
I did not come across any grammatical errors.
I did not note any cultural insensitivities or offensiveness. The authors did well acknowledging the importance of culture in terms of race, ethnicity, and background but also in terms of environment and how those differences may impact individual and population health and nutrition. There is opportunity for improvement in the discussion of "Factors that Drive Food Choices," in the second section of Unit 1. Culture is listed as a driving factor but is only given a one sentence explanation.
Overall I thought the authors did a great job discussing nutrition in a way that made the science accessible and open for discussion as opposed to static and inflexible. They were careful to explain how different people will experience nutrition in different ways, and how our scientific understanding of nutrition is constantly evolving. This approach helps students to think critically about the information and keep an open mind when it comes to recommendations and guidelines.
This book is both covers over-arching principles as well as gets in depth on the science of nutrition. It uses helpful metaphors and integrates videos to help further delve into the topics presented. Even the section discussing atoms and molecules... read more
This book is both covers over-arching principles as well as gets in depth on the science of nutrition. It uses helpful metaphors and integrates videos to help further delve into the topics presented. Even the section discussing atoms and molecules had me a little overwhelmed in the start of the section, however by the time the examples and videos were done, I had finally understood the key concepts like covalent bonds and why it matters if a compound is organic or inorganic. It was super informative and related back to food in a way that was actually understandable for someone with a food background, not a science background.
Book was very accurate. Facts were up to date and relevant to current times.
While the book was up to date and relevant with current times, I think it missed an opportunity to talk about the historical shifts in nutrition on a societal level. It focused mainly on current trends or trends in the food pyramid, but I would have love to see discussions on the molecular shifts in the foods based on how they are grown. I think there was a missed opportunity in terms of talking about the difference between fresh/alive flour and nonbleached enriched flour especially when talking about gluten intolerance vs celiac. However, maybe there isn't enough peer reviewed information on the topic to be included quite yet.
Very clear and easy to read. Sometimes there are sections where I felt overwhelmed at first, but the method that the authors use to explain everything is smart and by the end of each section I felt I had a better grasp on the topic.
Very consistent in language, philosophy, and sequencing.
I would give this a 6 if I could - this is book is formatted beautifully into modular sections. Easy to follow, builds on previous sections, and already in the right order for a class.
See previous comment.
No issues, easy to use and follow. Links worked great and were easy to watch and continue on.
No errors that I saw.
I don't think there were any issues that would make this book culturally insensitive, however I would have like to see a little more discussion about cuisines across the globe. I think it was very well addressed, but I also always like to see how nutrition crosses cultures and varies across the globe. Also, information on what happens to those who move into a new culture and how that affects their nutrition would be great to see in future updates.
This is a GREAT introduction to nutrition that would be an excellent class textbook. I would love to see more supplemental information about where our food comes from and long term effects of commodity products on the body, but that could be the rebel Chef in me. In my business we call the USDA, the "US-DUH" as they mostly support large scale commodity products or government agenda, and do not always reflect the most accurate nutritional information available. Which is also why I love the acronym "CRAAP" that was in the book talking about how to check whether or not to believe studies. That section was fantastic and truly well written. Overall excellent Textbook!
Table of Contents
- Unit 1 - Designing A Healthy Diet
- Unit 2 - Nutrition Science and Information Literacy
- Unit 3 - Molecules of Life: Photosynthesis, Digestion, and Metabolism
- Unit 4- Carbohydrates
- Unit 5- Lipids
- Unit 6- Protein
- Unit 7- Energy Balance and Healthy Body Weight
- Unit 8 - Vitamins and Minerals Part 1
- Unit 9 - Vitamins and Minerals Part 2
- Unit 10 - Nutrition and Physical Activity
- Unit 11 - Nutrition Throughout the Lifespan
About the Book
This book is designed as an OER text and learning resource for undergraduate students enrolled in FN 225 Nutrition at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. The book covers basic nutrition and metabolism, information literacy, energy balance, nutrition across life stages, dietary supplements, an in-depth look at each of the macronutrients, and major functions of vitamins and minerals.
About the Contributors
Alice Callahan is a nutrition instructor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, with a PhD in Nutritional Biology from the University of California, Davis. She is also a health and science writer with articles published in outlets such as The New York Times and The Washington Post and the author of a book about making evidence-based parenting decisions, The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby’s First Year, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. In both her teaching and writing, her focus is on making science accessible and applicable to everyday life. She is a mother to two children and enjoys running, hiking, backpacking, reading, and baking.
Heather Leonard is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a master’s degree in Prevention Science. She is a nutrition instructor at Lane Community College where she loves helping students make connections between nutrition and their personal lifestyles. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Prevention Science at the University of Oregon. She is the mother to three children and enjoys exploring the outdoors through trail running and ultramarathons.
Tamberly Powell is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a master’s degree in Nutrition and Foodservice Management. She is a nutrition faculty member and program coordinator for Health and Nutrition at Lane Community College. She is passionate about saving students’ money by offering low-cost or OER materials and engaging students through online learning. She enjoys being a mom of two girls, staying active through outdoor recreation in the Pacific Northwest, playing tennis, and reading a good book.