The Meaning of Human Nutrition - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080170794, 9781483137964

The Meaning of Human Nutrition

1st Edition

Pergamon Bio-Medical Sciences Series

Authors: Mina W. Lamb Margarette L. Harden
Editors: Roger Maickel
eBook ISBN: 9781483137964
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1973
Page Count: 292
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The Meaning of Human Nutrition presents information basic to human nutrition. An effort is made to relate food and human nutrition to the history of man's struggle for survival and to efforts to control the environment to his advantage. Several lists of events are included to relate these efforts chronologically in history to show how great discoveries or ideas have evolved gradually. This book has 10 chapters; the first of which provides an overview of the study of human nutrition. Basic concepts about human nutrition are then introduced, including the early man's concepts about food and survival on earth as well as the relationship between man's dietary problems and technological changes. The role of government in a democratic society to sponsor education and well-being of all citizens is also considered. The chapters that follow focus on growth and development as indicators of nutritional status, food guides to nutrition, nutrient content of food, and recommended dietary allowances. The book discusses as well the body's need for nutrients and its use of energy, protein as a source of amino acids, and the importance of vitamins and minerals in human nutrition. The final chapter analyzes consumer concerns about food and nutrition. This monograph is designed as a textbook to help students develop deeper knowledge and understanding of human nutrition.

Table of Contents


Section 1 The Study of Nutrition

Overview of the Study of Human Nutrition

Technics to Establish Validity of Information

Section 2 Basic Concepts about Human Nutrition

Early Concepts about Food and Survival

Current Basic Concepts of Nutrition

Governmental and Educational Influences on Nutrition

Inventory of Knowledge

Section 3 Growth and Development as Indicators of Nutritional Status

Developmental Progress of Man

Assessment of Body Size

Inventory of Knowledge

Section 4 Dietary Specifications to Meet Nutritional Needs

Everyday Food Guides to Nutrition

Recommended Dietary Allowances

Nutrient Content of Food

Dietary Analysis as a Tool in Education and Research

Inventory of Knowledge

Section 5 The Body's Need for Nutrients: Dietary Supply

Food as a Source of Energy

Digestibility of Foods

Potential Energy Value of Diets

Inventory of Knowledge

Section 6 The Body's Use of Energy

Metabolism of Energy in Man

Facets of Energy Expenditure

Energy Balance and Weight Control

Application of Skill in Nutrition Education

Section 7 Protein as a Source of Amino Acids

The Role of Protein in Life

Dietary Need for Amino Acids (Protein)

Proteins in Foods

Inventory of Knowledge

Section 8 Mineral Elements in Human Nutrition

Inorganic Nutrients in the Human Body

Dietary Mineral Supply and the Developmental Stage of the Individual

Inventory of Knowledge

Section 9 Vitamins in Human Nutrition

Concept of Micronutrients

Characteristics of Vitamins

Sources of Vitamins

Inventory of Knowledge

Section 10 The Concern of the Consumer for Food and Nutrition

Problems Facing the Consumer of Food

Governmental Protection of the Food Consumer

Nongovernmental and Private Services for the Consumer

Responsibility of the Food Consumer

Inventory of Knowledge


Appendixes A Common Symbols for Use in Nutrition Education

Appendixes B Answers to Inventory of Knowledge

Appendixes C Symbols for Some Chemical Elements Used in Nutrition



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About the Author

Mina W. Lamb

Margarette L. Harden

About the Editor

Roger Maickel

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