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Nutrition Made Clear | [The Great Courses]

Nutrition Made Clear

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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.

©2009 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2009 The Great Courses

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    Angela 08-26-13
    Angela 08-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Needs a side book"
    Any additional comments?

    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.
    If you bought the book and agree with me, please agree with my review, that way it will have more chances to be read by someone with influence. Thank you.

    456 of 460 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Jenks, OK, United States 10-14-13
    Stephen Jenks, OK, United States 10-14-13
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    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?

    77 of 77 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Hayden, ID, United States 08-02-13
    Amazon Customer Hayden, ID, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2004
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    What did you like best about Nutrition Made Clear? What did you like least?

    Well presented, factual.
    missing tables and formulas referred to in lectures


    Any additional comments?

    Other lecture series have pdf files available for course outline and reference materials.

    137 of 139 people found this review helpful
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    janine 07-18-13
    janine 07-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up Nutrition Made Clear in three words, what would they be?

    Made me think.


    What did you like best about this story?

    She gave references.


    What about Professor Roberta H. Anding’s performance did you like?

    She speaks well and knows her material. Made the course interesting with her stories.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she spoke on about misinformation.


    Any additional comments?

    Would love to know how to get reference materials she spoke of.

    63 of 64 people found this review helpful
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    Brianne 07-23-13
    Brianne 07-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "WOW!!!! A must listen for EVERY AMERICAN!!!!"

    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!!!!!

    72 of 75 people found this review helpful
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    Janie 08-22-13
    Janie 08-22-13

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    "Excellent course, terrific presentation"

    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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    TKay Virginia 07-16-13
    TKay Virginia 07-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "No reference book available....."

    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.

    67 of 73 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 10-11-13
    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Lifesaving detailed information"

    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.



    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    g 07-17-13
    g 07-17-13
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    "informative"

    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.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Bekki AMARILLO, TX, United States 07-15-13
    Bekki AMARILLO, TX, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "user friendly!"
    What did you love best about Nutrition Made Clear?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Roberta Anding


    What about Professor Roberta H. Anding’s performance did you like?

    Her speech is so clear. Packed a lot of information into these lectures. Never a wasted minute.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, it has already helped me change my thoughts about nutrition and what I buy.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Michael W.
    7/11/14
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    "Cannot recommend it highly enough."
    If you could sum up Nutrition Made Clear in three words, what would they be?

    Clear. Comprehensive. Credible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good practical advice for every day healthy living. Not bound to some fluffy vegan lifestyle or something like that.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    Harrogate, United Kingdom
    5/6/14
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    "Factual, Interesting and informative"
    Where does Nutrition Made Clear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Glad it was over, but wanting more.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was clear and to the point.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christian
    darwen, United Kingdom
    12/31/13
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    "Nutrition made VERY clear"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Really good book and would recommend to anyone who wants to know about nutrition. Very happy with the content.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Florentino Quintero
    Monterrey, Mexico
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    "Amazing"

    The lecturer is truly knowledgable. This course is for everyone as we all eat food. One of the best courses so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adrienne Thompson
    6/16/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N. D. Holt
    Perthshire, United Kingdom
    5/17/15
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    "Why is the "additional material" not "essential"??"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes ... 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 ... however the lack of the material to study along with this course means that the vast majority of that information is soon forgotten. Sure I'll go back andlisten again,and again ... but as a way to learn, to become functionally informed rather than just "drive-by" informed this is seriously lacking! (hence 3 stars rather than the arguably deserved 5 stars)


    Any additional comments?

    Please sort out your licensing and supply as a PDF the additional material ... it is NOT non-essential! Thank You!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Axel
    London, United Kingdom
    3/31/15
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    "some annoying habits"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would hesitate to recommend it in the audio version because not because of the content but because the way the lecture is given


    What didn’t you like about Professor Roberta H. Anding’s performance?

    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    7/10/14
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    "GreaT!! but needs to include the coursework!"
    Would you listen to Nutrition Made Clear again? Why?

    For reference


    Any additional comments?

    Add the course note in PDF form. Its maybe better to download direct from the great courses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • janet.lewis1@btinternet.com
    England
    6/20/14
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    "missing guidebook"
    What did you like most about Nutrition Made Clear?

    well presented and well explained


    Any additional comments?

    disappointed that guidebook mentioned in lecture was not available
    written for the American audience

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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