Nutrient Metabolism

Structures, Functions, and Genes


  • Martin Kohlmeier, Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Handbook of Nutrients: Structures, Metabolism and Genetics provides a comprehensive overview of the supply and use of nutrients in the human body and how the body regulates intake. Chapters detail the principles determining digestion and absorption of food ingredients and how these compounds and their metabolites get into the brain, cross the placenta and pass through the kidneys. Each nutrient covered contains a nutritional summary that describes their function, their food sources, dietary requirements, potential health risks if deficient, and impact of excessive intake.

This handbook contains the latest information on the scope of structures, processes, genes and cofactors involved in maintaining a healthy balance of nutrient supplies. The book is likely of interest to a wide range of professionals because nutrient issues connect to so many audiences. The link to dietary supplements is an important one that could draw the attention even of educated lay readers.

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Nutritionists, dietitians, food scientists, and biochemists who work with nutrition


Book information

  • Published: May 2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-387784-0


Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Chemical senses
  3. Intake regulation
  4. Absorption, transport and retention
  5. Xenobiotics
  6. Fatty acids
  7. Carbohydrates, alcohols and organic acids
  8. Amino acid and nitrogen compounds
  9. Fat-soluble vitamins and food compounds
  10. Water-soluble vitamins and food compounds
  11. Minerals and trace elements
  12. Applications