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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.

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

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Obvious bias - lack of critical analysis

What would have made Nutrition Made Clear better?

It would be improved with more balance. Many of the examples related to athletes. I did not buy this audiobook to learn that sports drinks are good when I run marathons. I found some areas well covered but any mention of low carb diets was dripping with disdain. This seems to be a blind spot for the presenter. Conflating ketoacidosis with ketoses was disingenuous and misleading. Different people respond to different interventions and eliminating one area of inquiry with little explanation was frustrating at best.

What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The thing that would have made the course easier to listen to would be a rewrite of the script. Certain words and phrases were repeated so often that is became difficult to hear anything else. The phrase "it is important to remember" proceeded so many statements that it became impossible to know what was actually important. If it was all important, than the phase was truly meaningless. The other repeated phrase was "keep in mind". I even heard it twice in two consecutive sentences. I bought the book and I'm listening, being told constantly to keep some thought in mind was just distracting. These phrases sounded like a nervous tick similar to "um" or "you know".

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment - I wanted clear information on nutrition. I seemed to get a diet for football players.

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needs some updating

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Clinical nutrition is a moving target -- this course is a good for the fundamentals of understanding nutritional concepts but some of the current research is lacking -- also I was particularly amazed at her lack of understanding of a vegetarian and vegan diet considering the ADA position on it. I was glad to here the focus on whole foods.

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Everyone should listen to this

Dr. Anding provides very valuable information in this lecture series. There’s a lot of it and at first it feels a bit overwhelming. But it is in fact a cleaned-up and more digestible version of the science of nutrition (pun intended).

With this in mind, I recommend you listen to all of it carefully, but listen especially closely to the material that is relevant to you and yours.

It may sound corny, but I found some of the information life-altering. My family and I have changed our eating habits accordingly and I’m grateful to Dr. Anding for pointing us in the right direction.

Do yourself a big favour and listen to this excellent lecture series.

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High-level overview on obesity and vitamins

Large part is dedicated to vitamins and minerals but the takeaway points are a little obscure. Very large part is on obesity, diabetes, etc. This lecture series seems better for those with poor nutrition and lifestyle trying to understand and ease into good nutrition. If you're looking for a deep scientific review of nutrition, thats not here. Many different studies are mentioned, but almost all seem inconclusive.

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Loved it!

What an awesome, informational hit to the gut. Back to basics, back to the real. I enjoyed the delivery and consistency!!!

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Great Course - PDF GUIDE BOOK IS INCLUDED

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Learned a lot from this course and found it helpful. I would recommend it if you're interested in the science surrounding nutrition. <br/><br/>For those who complained about the course not offering the PDF guide book... it's there. Go to the Audible website and login, then go to "Library" click "My Books". Expand the Nutrition Made Clear section, using the small arrow on the left hand side of the book cover image. You will find the PDF Guide and any other supplemental materials.

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Passes along a complex level of information that is easy to understand

Ms. Anding did a great job of communication science, myths, and the benefits of nutrition and how it impacts our health, mind, and day to day living.
Science has moved along way down the road in this area. Time for an updated version.

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S.A.D Focused

The author spent time bashing Vegans. She endorsed the Standard American Diet and pushed animal consumption troughout the book. She dismissed plant based alternatives for most things to push supplements. There were few places that she endorsed fruits and vegetables but they were burried. I was hoping for a well rounded course and this did not deliver that.

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Can't get past the pompous attitude

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Roberta H. Anding?

No she is a horrible lecturer so self important and pompous.

What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

The lecturer kept talking about how she works with these NFL players and how she helped them. I don't care the class is about Nutrition not about how you have a high profile job.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Roberta H. Anding?

Dr. Oz

What character would you cut from Nutrition Made Clear?

Roberta H. Anding

Any additional comments?

I love the Great Courses, but this one is so disappointing. I was really looking forward to learning more about nutrition, but she is so snooty and self-important. I couldn't listen to one more minute of it!!!

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Informative yet annoying.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Again, keep in mind, and again, keep in mind, an again, keep in mind, low and behold, this lady lecturer needs a speech coach ! Low and behold her lazy diction just might drive you out of your mind. Despite this her lectures are rather informative and easy to comprehend. She comes across as somewhat open minded while her knowledge remains quite mainstream. I did find her support of artificial sweeteners and statin drugs unappetizing and out of date.

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  • Tasha Leonard
  • 10-18-16

Worthwhile book

Wealth of knowledge on a vast range of nutritional topics. Easy to listen to. Would def recommend

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  • Davide
  • 07-22-15

Great help in clarifying how nutrition and fitness work

Would you consider the audio edition of Nutrition Made Clear to be better than the print version?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

The clarity and simplicity, the match with everyday real-life situations; and the adequate amount of data - not too much, not too little.

What does Professor Roberta H. Anding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The human touch - her voice conveys that she's actually been there and done it, both personally and professionally.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

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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  • Florentino Quintero
  • 06-25-15

Amazing

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

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  • N. D. Holt
  • 05-17-15

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.

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  • Patrick
  • 07-10-14

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.

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  • janet.lewis1@btinternet.com
  • 06-20-14

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 <br/>written for the American audience

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  • Dave
  • 05-06-14

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.

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  • 7rym
  • 01-03-14

A sad piece of "knowledge"

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

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

Has Nutrition Made Clear put you off other books in this genre?

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.

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

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!

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Rhiannon
  • 02-15-17

very informative and interesting

Full of facts and information that seems trustworthy. It was too US centric, but a lot of these courses are. The base health information would be the same for a Brit, but the nutrition labels, dietitian info, etc would be different in the UK.
Generally still well worth listening too and some of this information has affected how I'm eating and acting now (it inspired me to finally get a gym membership!)

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  • Teresa Cooper
  • 06-13-16

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.

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