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Understanding Nutrition


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1. An overview of nutrition 2. Planning a healthy diet 3. Digestion, absorption and transport 4. The carbohydrates: Sugar, starch and fibres 5. The lipids: Triglycerides, phospholipids, and sterols 6. Protein: Amino acids 7. Metabolism: Transformations and interactions 8. Energy balance and body composition 9. Weight management: Overweight and underweight 10. The water-soluble vitamins: B vitamins and vitamin C 11. The fat-soluble vitamins: A, D, E, and K 12. Water and the major minerals 13. The trace minerals 14. Fitness: Physical activity, nutrients, and body adaptations 15. Life cycle nutrition: Pregnancy and lactation 16. Life cycle nutrition: Infancy, childhood and adolescence 17. Life cycle nutrition: Adulthood and the later years 18. Diet and health 19. Consumer concerns about foods and water Appendix A Cells, hormones, and nerves Appendix B Basic chemistry concepts Appendix C Biochemical structures and pathways Appendix D Measures of protein quality Appendix E Nutrition assessment Appendix F Physical activity and energy requirements

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