Nutrition is essential to living a healthy, happy, and successful life. Yet a world of misconceptions and promises of easy results too often stands in our way - and can even be harmful to our overall health.
The key is to cut through the noise and find the medically backed, statistically proven information about healthy eating and living. These 36 in-depth lectures explore the fundamentals of good nutrition and offer a practical guide for applying these fundamentals to your lifestyle. The power of nutrition lies not just in grasping the concepts behind it, but also in applying those concepts to daily living. This means learning where to find authoritative nutrition information, mastering the science behind nutrients and the body, recognizing what your personal daily requirements of each nutrient should be, building a distinct exercise regimen, and more.
A dietitian and award-winning lecturer, Professor Anding gives you a wealth of invaluable tips you can easily apply to your own eating habits. You'll learn how to calculate your own dietary needs, how to create your own nutrition and exercise plans, how to recognize when a product or service is really a health fraud, and more.
Crafted with the needs of individual people in mind, this course is both a fascinating learning experience and the perfect investment in your personal health - one that will educate you, motivate you, and reward you for the rest of your life.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2009 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2009 The Great Courses
The information in the book is great, but Prof. Anding is mentioning the booknotes that come with the audio, and that booknotes, at least in this Audible version, don't exist.
I'd love to have those references, I hope Audible and TGC agree on some kind of downloadable material available for paying customers.
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Well presented, factual.
missing tables and formulas referred to in lectures
Other lecture series have pdf files available for course outline and reference materials.
Very well done. Informative. I've listened to it twice so far! Only wish it one include a pdf that the author frequently refers to. Come on Great Courses. Why put out an inferior product? It would cost nothing to include the file for the interested learner. And isn't that what it's all about?
Made me think.
She gave references.
She speaks well and knows her material. Made the course interesting with her stories.
When she spoke on about misinformation.
Would love to know how to get reference materials she spoke of.
This series was absolutely eye-opening and amazing! This series takes a scientific approach (the best type) to the entire world of nutrition. It is very easy to follow and understand. Prof. Andling is compelling and her attitude is very open and realistic. I have recently become a strict vegetarian on an entirely plant-based vegan diet (no eggs, cheese, milk, animal products). This series even helped me to better understand how our body works, how food is digested, why getting your vitamins and minerals from whole foods is better than supplements, as well as how to create complete proteins, very essential for a plant-based diet. My Husband is a meat eater and I learned why it is so important to use meat as a side dish in a sea of whole foods and have implemented that in his diet as well. This book also discusses many diseases and other dietary issues that you may experience including real life examples and it will definitely make you assess what types of meds, vitamins, supplements, etc. that you are currently on. It also discussing "dieting" and how our body responds. Towards the end there is an assessment to help you reach your goals or better understand your future nutrition. I am listening to it again! I am also ordering the DVD to send to my inlaws and will keep it handy for the future as each section may apply to your life in different stages or for different people you support. The only downside is she talks about a reference book throughout that we would normally have a copy of, I tried to find that book on Amazon with no luck thus far. I would love to have this entire series in a textbook form. I must say, science has changed so much in the last 10-20 years and I am sure that many things we believe are healthful may indeed drastically change in the future thanks to the progression of science and studies. So I look forward to the updated version one day! P.S. thanks to this course I have a newfound interest in doing more research, as nutrition and fitness which she does talk in great detail about as well, is really our only insurance! Health = Wealth!!!!!
Professor Anding is terrific. She is extremely knowledgeable and interesting and I found this course very educational. I have listened to it twice already. She has a couple of sayings that she overuses a lot, but, other than that minor quirk, I loved the course.
This is an excellent course about nutrition. I already knew the basics of this topic, but I learned a lot that will help me improve my immunity and prevent disease - I even learned that I was eating something that was making me sick (sugar alcohols).
This course goes beyond the usual nutrition advice that you get in health books - "Just eat plant-based foods and exercise" - to give you in-depth knowledge of every aspect of nutrition science. It explores the basics of diet and excercise, but it also addresses vitamins and minerals, supplements, fads, real-world problems (like getting hungry at night), specific diseases (diabetes and celiac), the psychology of nutrition, genetics research, what is happening in your body with cells, molecules, and bacteria in different situations (such as dealing with high cholesterol levels), and how to incorporate small changes in your life to make a big difference.
There was some really interesting material about the history of nutrition legislation, but refreshingly, politics were left out of it. Not everything in the book is without bias, but at least, when a bias is presented, it is accomanied with researched evidence and analysis supporting it. For the most part, the course was put together with a minimal amount of judgementalism and fussiness.
I especially liked the frequently asked questions portion in the last chapter. I would recommend listening to that first, but the entire course is valuable, and that's rare for me to say about such a long course.
The narrator, Dr. Roberta Anding, does a good job, but her voice can become flat and repetitive in its intonation and rhythm. She doesn't really excite you about the topic, but she does a decent job of presenting the material. Essentially, she sounds like any ordinary doctor giving a lecture - scientific and methodical, but somewhat flat.
This was well worth a credit, and it's something that I will refer to when I need a refresher about nutrition. I can say that it actually improved my health. If I had to, I would purchase it all over again.
(Other reviews are incorrect. A Course Guidebook IS available on Audible as a PDF, there is a guide for each chapter/lecture as well as supplemental material and references to many other sources.) I like being able to listen while in the car or on a walk, so I prefer just the audio most of the time. Some of the things in the guidebook enhance the lecture material, and it's great to review after listening to a lecture or to further knowledge on a particular subject. .
It's more like sitting in a college nutrition class than it is like reading a book.
No. The roughly 30 minute chapters are perfectly broken up to be able to listen to 1-2 per day.
Great source for learning basic, fundamental facts of nutrition without having to wade through sales of fad diets and magic pills.
Excellent audiobook. Professor Anding explains the science of nutrition very well. She is a captivating educator. But she continually references a "workbook" that the listener should be referring back to. There is no workbook available for Audible listeners.
Audible customer support was nothing short of dazed and confused when I called about this situation. It is so frustrating to try and explain a situation to a representative that not only does not understand the audible product line, but is also struggling with the english language.
This was very good. I feel so much more relaxed about nutrition now and no longer subject to what I read in magazine articles. And I thought I already knew a lot about nutrition before I read this.
I also disagree with reviews that said this was just a bunch of tables. I didn't notice that issue at all.
And I don't understand why people don't like the narrator. I thought she was pretty good.
Whenever I find a narrator dull, I turn the speed up to 1.25 and it usually takes care of the problem. But I thought this narrator was fine without any tinkering.
I finished this book quickly and looked forward to it.
"Quite good and comprehensive"
A quite good and comprehensive 'mainstream' introduction to nutrition, based on solid scientific evidence as available at the time. The format is the usual Great Courses format, i e separate lectures with an introductory snippet of Bach music, and audience applause at the end - not distracting at all, but feels quite natural. The lecturer is heard perfectly clearly throughout, and delivers the text in an engaging style.
"Cannot recommend it highly enough."
Clear. Comprehensive. Credible.
Good practical advice for every day healthy living. Not bound to some fluffy vegan lifestyle or something like that.
"Nutrition made VERY clear"
Really good book and would recommend to anyone who wants to know about nutrition. Very happy with the content.
"Good information - rather too American"
This provides a very thorough grounding on general nutrition. I liked the narrator, very clear and obviously knows what she is talking about. But it is aimed at an American audience and all the references are to American websites, research etc. Still interesting, but I would prefer an English version.
this is a great audiobook it is very informative, wonderful lecturer. I highly recommend this title.
"Simple good messages."
Good balanced health advice with some evidence quoted to back them. Good understanding of the human body. No real dramatic or particularly interesting messages here. Quite a lot of repetition as you get to the later chapters.
Changed My Life
This audiobook seems well balanced and a pleasure to listen to. A lady with rich experience guides you through the myths of diet, and takes a scientific approach which, of course, is always open to review. Well worth it, and something on which I could make positive steps in my life.
I particularly like the integration of exercise and nutrition in the thinking- an holistic approach built on reductionist building blocks. Scientific in places, but Roberta guides you through.
"Very informative, too much for the layperson?"
Some friends, yes.
I'm sure some people would find this book fascinating, personally the book had simply far too much detail on vitamins and minerals in particular. I wanted to learn about building a healthy diet not the minutia of how many iu of every vitamin and mineral.
Have listened twice as there is a lot of information to process.
No nonsense delivery, facual with enough science to keep me interested. A really comprehensive introduction to nutrition.
Irritating that the accompanying 'work-book' referred to in the lectures is not available, It's pretty impossible to remember all the information and would be good to have reference material
"Great help in clarifying how nutrition and fitness work"
Not sure about the printed book, however one good thing about audiobooks is that you can listen on the go, while driving or on public transportation - and it's easy to pick up exactly where you left off, and to review.
The clarity and simplicity, the match with everyday real-life situations; and the adequate amount of data - not too much, not too little.
The human touch - her voice conveys that she's actually been there and done it, both personally and professionally.
Not really, the topic is vast and needs to be understood and meditated over as you go; the division in chapters made a lot of sense and enabled to sediment things before moving on to the next chapter.
The book is clearly US-centric, would appreciate a sequel/companion book more focused on EU nutritional habits, probably less prone to supplements and more into carbs - at least in some geographies.
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