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Nutrition Now, 8th Edition

  • Judith E. Brown
  • ISBN-10: 130565661X
  • ISBN-13: 9781305656611
  • 704 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2011, 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

NUTRITION NOW, 8th Edition engages students and provides maximum flexibility for instructors! Judith Brown introduces the science of nutrition to non-majors through active learning opportunities and real world examples. Special features like “Reality Checks” and “Take Action” help students apply the material to their personal lives. The 33 modular units enable instructors to easily select material, including foundational topics such as diet planning and tracking, the macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, exercise, pregnancy and lactation, global issues, and much more. The text is now available with MindTap, the most engaging and easily personalized online solution in Nutrition that enables instructors to deliver what they know is best for their students.


  • Personal Interest: "Take Action" personal coaching boxes encourage students to act on chapter content to improve their own nutritional health—and performance in your course.

  • Modular Flexibility: NUTRITION NOW, 8th Edition offers a unique, 33-unit module format that helps students engage with and apply core concepts while you easily customize materials to match your course outline and objectives.

  • Nutrition Self-Tests: “Scorecard” boxes at the beginning of each unit ask students to assess their understanding of nutrition and health concepts before reading the material to help them separate popular myths from facts.

  • Reality Checks: “Reality Check” features ask students to consider opposing viewpoints about common issues, and to apply newfound knowledge to draw their own conclusions.

  • Critical Evaluation: “Nutrition Up Close” features in every chapter give students the chance to apply what they have learned about nutrition concepts, fiber intake, fat loss products, and other topics—and receive insightful feedback via Diet Analysis Plus software.

About the Author

Judith E. Brown

Judith E. Brown is a nutrition researcher, writer and speaker who provides consultation services to the food and pharmaceutical industries as well as government health programs. As a professor emeritus of the Division of Epidemiology and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Minnesota, she successfully obtained and completed large, competitively funded research grants related to nutrition and health. Her areas of expertise include scientific advising on new product development, advising on product evaluation studies, public speaking to professional groups, consumer-oriented publications on topics specific to health and nutrition, and expert opinion papers on safety and efficacy of nutrients, neutraceuticals and fortified products. Dr. Brown has more than 30 years of instructional experience in the field of nutrition and has written more than 100 research articles for publication. An avid researcher and an exceptional writer and teacher, she is one of the most influential and respected authors in the field.

Table of Contents

1. Key Nutrition Concepts and Terms.
2. The Inside Story about Nutrition and Health.
3. Ways of Knowing about Nutrition.
4. Understanding Food and Nutrition Labels.
5. Nutrition, Attitudes, and Behavior.
6. Healthy Diets, the Dietary Guidelines, MyPlate, and More.
7. How the Body Uses Food: Digestion and Absorption.
8. Calories! Food, Energy, and Energy Balance.
9. Obesity to Underweight: The Highs and Lows of Weight Status.
10. Weight Control: The Myths and Realities.
11. Disordered Eating: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, and Pica.
12. Useful Facts about Sugars, Starches, and Fiber.
13. Diabetes Now.
14. Alcohol: The Positives and Negatives.
15. Proteins and Amino Acids.
16. Vegetarian Diets.
17. Food Allergies and Intolerances.
18. Fats and Cholesterol in Health.
19. Nutrition and Heart Disease.
20. Vitamins and Your Health.
21. Phytochemicals.
22. Diet and Cancer.
23. Good Things to Know About Minerals.
24. Dietary Supplements and Functional Foods.
25. Water Is an Essential Nutrient.
26. Nutrition-Gene Interactions in Health and Disease.
27. Nutrition and Physical Fitness for Everyone.
28. Nutrition and Physical Performance.
29. Good Nutrition for Life: Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Infancy.
30. Nutrition for the Growing Years: Childhood through Adolescence.
31. Nutrition and Health Maintenance for Adults of All Ages.
32. The Multiple Dimensions of Food Safety.
33. Aspects of Global Nutrition.

New to this edition

  • 2015 Guidelines: Updates throughout the chapters reflect the USDA’s newest Dietary Guidelines for Americans, emphasizing healthy dietary patterns and physical activity, revised nutrition labels and labeling regulations, additional facts about nutrient-gene interactions in health and disease, and a better understanding of epigenetic factors as they relate to health risks and diet.
  • MindTap™ for Nutrition: The clear and engaging learning path includes student learning tools—readings, Diet & Wellness Plus, activities, and assessments—and guides students through their course. Instructors can easily customize the learning path and add their favorite resources.
  • Supplement Truths: The facts about dietary supplements, their effectiveness and potential health consequences, bring front-page headlines to the classroom for in-depth evaluation and discussion.
  • Fat Findings: Recent research on dietary fat and its impacts on health offer a new point of view, calling out key differences between good and bad fats, and illustrating the essential role of fat in the diet.
  • Weight Management: Updates and new knowledge about the causes of obesity today, along with fresh approaches to prevention and management, give students a roadmap for weight loss and maintenance.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305868099 | ISBN-13: 9781305868090)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere. Include your own favorite test questions, create multiple test versions in an instant, or deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

MindTap Nutrition, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Brown’s Nutrition Now  (ISBN-10: 1305868307 | ISBN-13: 9781305868304)

MindTap Nutrition for Brown’s Nutrition Now, 8th Edition is the digital learning solution that powers students from memorization to mastery. It gives you complete control of your course—to provide engaging content, to challenge every individual, and to build their confidence. Empower students to accelerate their progress with MindTap. MindTap: Powered by You. MindTap gives you complete ownership of your content and learning experience. Customize the interactive syllabi, emphasize the most important topics, and add your own material or notes in the eBook.

Nutrition Now, Loose-Leaf Version  (ISBN-10: 1305945093 | ISBN-13: 9781305945098)

Student Supplements

Diet and Wellness Plus, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285856201 | ISBN-13: 9781285856209)

Diet & Wellness Plus helps you understand how nutrition relates to your personal health goals. Track your diet and activity, generate reports, and analyze the nutritional value of the food you eat. Diet & Wellness Plus includes over 75,000 foods as well as custom food and recipe features. The new Behavior Change Planner helps you identify risks in your life and guides you through the key steps to make positive changes.

MindTap Nutrition, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Brown’s Nutrition Now  (ISBN-10: 1305868307 | ISBN-13: 9781305868304)

MindTap Nutrition for Brown’s Nutrition Now, 8th Edition helps you learn on your terms. INSTANT ACCESS IN YOUR POCKET. Take advantage of the MindTap Mobile App. Read or listen to the book and study with the aid of instructor notifications, flashcards, and practice quizzes. MINDTAP HELPS YOU GEAR UP FOR ULTIMATE SUCCESS. Track your scores and stay motivated toward your goals. Whether you have more work to do or are ahead of the curve, you’ll know where you need to focus your efforts. Access study tools, including Global Nutrition Watch research activities and case studies. The MindTap Green Dot will charge your confidence along the way. MINDTAP HELPS YOU OWN YOUR PROGRESS. MAKE YOUR TEXTBOOK YOURS. No one knows what works for you better than you. Highlight key text, add notes, and create custom flashcards. When it’s time to study, gather everything you’ve flagged into a study guide.

Nutrition Now, Loose-Leaf Version  (ISBN-10: 1305945093 | ISBN-13: 9781305945098)