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.
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Not using outdated flawed science
I am so unbelievably disappointed by this book! I generally love the Great Courses lectures but I am just shocked that she is actually preaching such outdated info. She actually suggested eating margarine?! And she says that we should go to our doctor's with our nutritional needs...our doctors?!?! 75% of which never receive a single nutrition class. The other 25% receive on average one single class!! I am literally angry. Maybe the book gets better but after hearing these two things in the first few minutes I'm just done.
Other reviewers have stated that the accompanying essential PDF was not included. I don't know if this is an issue that was present in the past and was resolved but I definitely have the accompanying PDF. I personally haven’t been able to find the accompanying PDFs in the audible phone application yet and have quite a few audio books that had them. That said if you go onto the website and browse your library the PDFs are underneath the title of your book.
Prof Anding makes frequent references to the "guidebook which came with your course". This is apparently more than simply a list of the lectures (which, in itself, would have been very useful) but actually includes some worksheets to help you figure out, for example, how many calories you need to maintain your weight.
I also agree with the other reviewer who mentionned that he found the classical music introducing each chapter very irritating and unnecessary particularly since it made it take longer to get to the chapter title. Of course, if we had the guidebook for the lecture series, that would not have mattered - as much.
I did write Audible Tech Support and was told the Tech Support person would look for an audible version of the guidebook ... not exactly what is required, here. I looked on the Great Courses website for supplemental materials but it was not available there, either.
C'mon Audible/Amazon ... fix this.
If Audible supplied the companion guide that is intended to accompany this recording.
She is an excellent and clear lecturer who knows how to vocally emphasize important take-home points.
Don't believe Audible when it states: "Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase." The companion guide IS ESSENTIAL to truly put to practice what is suggested. You only get half the product by buying this recording from Audible. I was very excited when Audible made "The Great Courses" available. "Nutrition Made Clear" was the first and last of this series I will buy unless companion texts are made available. Audible must have made some cheap deal with the publisher when it promised not to supply the companion text. I have purchased other lecture-based audible recordings from Audible in which the companion texts were made available as PDFs. Why not "The Great Courses" series? 4.5 stars for the book; -3.5 stars for Audible and its peddling half of a product and charging for a whole product.
In particular, the author spends a bunch of time talking about how diabetes is the biggest risk factor for heart disease, and then says to reduce fat intake to avoid heart disease. If the risk factor is diabetes, then the most likely culprit is sugar, not fat. Recent science and doctors are now suggesting that fat does not cause heart disease and that sugar does.
If you're looking for this information, this is the place. Clear.. matter of fact information delivered in such a way that it's easy to understand and remember!! highly recommended
I loved, loved, loved this audiobook. She speaks so clearly and in a lay persons language. Very easy to understand and I love that she includes common confusion and helps to explain why they are so.
Her speech is so clear. Packed a lot of information into these lectures. Never a wasted minute.
Yes, it has already helped me change my thoughts about nutrition and what I buy.
A lot of misconstrued information that has been updated quite a while back. Not sure if it will help anyone.
Yes - I have already heard some other very well presented and informative courses.
Can't remember there are so many that after listening for an hour or two, I just gave up and decided this was not for me.
I am a holistic and integrative practitioner board certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. Found this to be full of outdated information and not as relevant as I had hoped for.
Dietition's view point.
It was made clear that Buyer Be Ware. Definitely look at the nutrition labels of products, be aware of how many servings in a container, and how many colories/fat per serving.
The performance of Professor Roberta H. Anding was exceptional.
It was interesting to learn that vitamines and supplements are not regulated by FDA and some could be harmful to your health, and that they may have more of an ingredient (or less) than what they advertise or have on the nutrition label.
Every chapter begins with a classical music score. That made it hard to move around the book to get to a specific topic unless you remember which track contains which topic. I knocked Performance down a couple of stars because of that. There was a time when I wanted to review to a previous topic and I didn't remember where it was. So, it took listening through the music in the beginning of each track before getting to what the title is.
It took me a long time to find the PDF that the author repeatedly refers to and some people said was available with your audible purchase. Note - you cannot find the PDF from your phone! The PDF is not in the phone app but it is on the actual Audible website (but you STILL cannot see this from the Internet on your phone!) However, you can find this via an iPad or computer. You have to go into the actual audible website on the Internet … Audible.com ... from your computer or from an iPad. When you log into your account, you will see a list of all of the books that you have on Audible. The PDF is listed beneath your book details on that page. I saved mine to iBooks so that I can view it when I want. Tip - to save to iBooks - quickly select the " view in iBooks" pop up in the top right corner of your screen when you first open the PDF and it will save the guidebook to iBooks on your iPad or Mac computer. Hope this helps you!
The lecturer is truly knowledgable. This course is for everyone as we all eat food. One of the best courses so far.
"Excellent information! and Thank you Audible!"
I found this an excellent audiobook ... Professor Roberta H. Anding has presented a great deal of information in a very accessible way ... I really enjoyed this lecture series.
I came to this series with a general interest, but with so much information, I know I will come back to this again to really sit down and study the material and get the most out of it. Even without that though, there is a lot of helpful information easily absorbed, and applied, if you are so inclined.
As an aside: When I first got this Audiobook, the additional study material was deemed "non-essential" and not supplied, and as I went through the course, I felt that was wrong, lodged a complaint with Audible, and raised it as a negative in my previous review.
I am sure that lots of people must have raised similar concerns, but I would like to commend Audible for listening to its customers and arranging the supply of the additional material, it really enhances the course, and makes the learning possibility far more effective.
For those of us with more than 1 "The Great Courses" course, it is worth noting that ALL the course seem to have now benefitted from this progress.
"GreaT!! but needs to include the coursework!"
Add the course note in PDF form. Its maybe better to download direct from the great courses.
well presented and well explained
disappointed that guidebook mentioned in lecture was not available
written for the American audience
"Factual, Interesting and informative"
The format of these lectures make it very easy to dip in and out without losing any thread. For the layman it's sometimes difficult to grasp the chemistry, but I came away with a better understanding of nutrition. Althoughl I don't tend to listen to this genre of book, it certainly has wetted my appetite!
Glad it was over, but wanting more.
The narration was clear and to the point.
"A sad piece of "knowledge""
This could be so much better if they dropped the music stings and applause surrounding every chapter! Also, if the content and teachings here was up to date with todays science, it could actually be OK
In this genre there are many traps to fall in. I will continue to buy books about nutrition, but will stay away from this format.
She isn't the worst thing here. The production simply kills her and makes me turn it off even if I actually want to hear what she teaches!
Not many, and I'm trying to be nice. Not even that I bought it on a sale for quite cheap redeems the time I wasted on this.
I beg of all you audiobook producers, PLEASE stop inserting music and soundeffects into your products! It's annoying and I want to hear the content, not pianos and/or trumpets mixed twice as loud as the person reading/speaking.
"Food, what can it do for us."
The professor takes us through a few of the vitamins and minerals and in what amounts we really need to be healthy. She gives examples of how going out of this recommended allowance can effect the human body. The only thing that I could pick is that it's all based on American units, but I knew that it would be so I can't really complain about that. A good read that can be listed to in small chunks by using the chapters or just wander through at your own pace.
"Most content is about economic social and people"
I was expecting an actual book reading 'book'. Actually it is 7 hours worth of lectures. Most of the discussion is about people their experiences also the economic view of nutrition. It discuss is social environments poverty but not based on a book. so I found 20 percent of it to be useful information on actual nutrition. If I had known this I probably would not have bought it.
"I wish I had heard this years ago"
I loved the way that Roberta referred to science but made it easy to understand and practical. What she talks about can be implemented in to daily life easily. The supplement and diet industry would hate it if we all followed the sensible advice in this series. I have lost 7lbs in 4 weeks without any real effort and feel the healthiest I have ever been.
"some annoying habits"
I would hesitate to recommend it in the audio version because not because of the content but because the way the lecture is given
Every lecturer will have some habits in the way they speak and that is quite natural. Unfortunately, noone in the recording team let Professor Anding know that she uses 'and so again'''yet again' 'and again' as well as 'so keep in mind' 100s if not 1000s of times...I was determined not to get disturbed by it, but after a while it really got annoying ...sorry
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