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Nutrition: Concepts & Controversies, 4th Edition

  • Includes Functional Aspects of Vitamins & Minerals Card
  • Frances Sizer
  • Ellie Whitney
  • Leonard Piché
  • ISBN-10: 0176832076
  • ISBN-13: 9780176832070
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  • Previous Editions: 2018, 2015, 2012
  • COPYRIGHT: 2018 Published
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About the Product

Build a healthier future with Sizer/Whitney’s Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies. Updated throughout and featuring new Dietary Guidelines, this clear and engaging text strikes the perfect balance of scientific research, core concepts, and relevant applications. The authors draw readers into the study of nutrition with a lively and approachable writing style. They dispel students’ existing misconceptions and empower them to make better nutrition choices and enact real, lasting, behaviour change.


  • Each chapter begins with a listing of the chapter contents to prepare students for what’s to come. “Do You Ever . . .” questions pique interest and set a personal tone for the information that follows.

  • The practical Food Feature, revised for the multicultural society that is Canada, invites students to apply chapter concepts in their everyday encounters with food. The Food Feature sections that appear in most chapters, act as bridges between theory and practice; they are practical applications of the chapter concepts that help readers choose foods according to nutrition principles.

  • The Consumer Corner feature presents information on whole-grain breads, fat replacers, amino acid supplements, vitamin C and the common cold, bottled water, irradiation of foods, and other nutrition-related marketplace issues to empower students to make informed decisions.

  • Snapshots boxes are concentrated capsules of information depicting food sources of vitamins and minerals. They present the recommended Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) for young adults, the latest known intakes (based on CCHS data), and Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (UL) and offer the chief biological roles of each nutrient, along with deficiency and toxicity symptoms.

  • A little reminder called Think Fitness appears from time to time to alert readers to ways in which physical activity links with nutrition to support health. This feature emphasizes the role of nutrients in supporting physical activity and spells out the advantage of an active lifestyle throughout life.

  • The Self-Check features provide chapter-specific review questions.

  • “Tool” symbols located in the margins, provide the reader with close to 200 information nuggets and websites they will find valuable for learning and teaching nutrition-related topics/concepts that affect every stage throughout the life cycle and to give the reader an opportunity to dig deeper into the topic.

About the Author

Frances Sizer

Frances Sienkiewicz Sizer, M.S., R.D., F.A.D.A., attended Florida State University, where, in 1980, she received her B.S. and, in 1982, her M.S. in nutrition. She is certified as a charter Fellow of the American Dietetic Association. She is a founding member and vice-president of Nutrition and Health Associates, an information and resource centre in Tallahassee, Florida, that maintains an ongoing bibliographic database tracking research in more than 1,000 topic areas of nutrition. Her textbooks include Life Choices: Health Concepts and Strategies; Making Life Choices; The Fitness Triad: Motivation, Training, and Nutrition; and others. She is a primary author of Nutrition Interactive, an instructional college-level nutrition CD-ROM. In addition to writing, she lectures at universities and at national and regional conferences and serves actively on the board of directors of ECHO, a local hunger and homelessness relief organization in her community.

Ellie Whitney

Ellie Whitney grew up in New York City and received her BA and PhD degrees in English and Biology at Harvard and Washington Universities. She taught at both Florida State University and Florida A&M University, wrote numerous newspaper columns on environmental matters for the Tallahassee Democrat, and coauthored almost a dozen college textbooks on nutrition, health, and related topics, many of which repeatedly reappear as new editions. She spent three decades exploring outdoor Florida and studying its ecology, and then cowrote Priceless Florida: Natural Ecosystems and Native Species. Now retired, and more concerned about climate change than any other issue, she volunteers full-time for the nonpartisan national nonprofit Citizens Climate Lobby.

Leonard Piché

Leonard A. Piché, Ph.D., R.D., nutritional scientist, received his Ph.D. in human nutrition from the University of Guelph in 1987 and has been a Registered Dietitian (RD) since 1997. He is Professor Emeritus in the Division of Foods and Nutritional Sciences, Brescia University College, at Western University, responsible for developing and teaching basic and advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in nutrition. He was also an adjunct Full Professor in the School of Kinesiology, Western University. He is a member of seven professional national organizations, including the Canadian Nutrition Society and the Sports Nutrition Network of the Dietitians of Canada. Dr. Piché was a contributor for two recent editions of Mosby’s Medical Dictionary and a consultant for a Canadian edition of a high school food and nutrition text. His publications as a coauthor include two publications on Canada’s Food Guide, a number of Canadian Student Information (CSI) documents to accompany entry-level university nutrition texts, and an advanced-level nutrition text. He has been involved in and coauthored peer-reviewed articles on experiments in humans looking at the relationship between diet and heart disease risk (e.g., orange juice and good cholesterol and the effects of a high-protein diet on risk factors for cardiovascular disease). Dr. Piché has provided feedback to Health Canada on more than five dozen occasions regarding food- and nutrition-related issues (e.g., nutrition labelling, the Food Guide, the discretionary addition of vitamins and minerals to foods, and updating the Canadian Nutrient File). He was an advisor on three of Dietitians of Canada’s online courses for health-care professionals (Sport Supplements, Vitamins and Minerals, and Herbal Supplements). He has supervised the nutrient analysis of more than a dozen recipe books targeted at different segments of the general public.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Food Choices and Human Health
Chapter 2: Nutrition Tools – Standards and Guidelines
Chapter 3: The Remarkable Body
Chapter 4: The Carbohydrates: Sugar, Starch, Glycogen and Fibre
Chapter 5: The Lipids: Fats, Oil, Phospholipids, and Sterols
Chapter 6: The Proteins and Amino Acids
Chapter 7: The Vitamins
Chapter 8: Water and Minerals
Chapter 9: Energy Balance and Healthy Body Weight
Chapter 10: Nutrients, Recreational Physical Activity, and the Body’s Responses
Chapter 11: Diet and Health
Chapter 12: Food Safety and Food Bio-Technology
Chapter 13: Life Cycle Nutrition: Mother and Infant
Chapter 14: Child, Teen, and Older Adult
Chapter 15: Hunger and the Global Environment
Appendix A: Canadian Nutrition Recommendation
Appendix B: Aids to Calculation
Appendix C: Canadian Diabetes Association – “Beyond the Basics” Chart
Appendix D: Answers to Self-Check Questions
Appendix E: Physical Activity and Energy Requirements
Appendix F: Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)
Eating Plan and Discretionary Calorie Allowance for Weight Management
Appendix G: Nutrition Resources (online)

New to this edition

  • Canadian health recommendations have been updated, including: Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiovascular disease, child and adult obesity, and physical activity.
  • More than 300 updated references to recent Literature, including many Canadian Scientists ensure that content is up to date and relevant.
  • Numerous references to Health Canada’s new ‘food categories’ have been added, including Supplemented Foods and Caffeinated Energy Drinks.
  • Numerous new weblinks to new tools including Health Canada’s ‘Eat Well Plate’; latest Canadian physical Activity Guidelines e.g., Sedentary Behaviour and 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for children and Youth.
  • Offering personalized paths of dynamic assignments and applications, MindTap enables students to analyze and apply chapter concepts within relevant assignments, and allows instructors to measure skills and promote better outcomes with ease. A fully online learning solution, MindTap combines all student learning tools—readings, multimedia, activities, and assessments—into a single Learning Path that guides the student through the curriculum. Instructors personalize the experience by customizing the presentation of these learning tools to their students, even seamlessly introducing their own content into the Learning Path.