Nutrition Made Clear
Nutrition Made Clear
Scope: Nutrition Made Clear is an invitation to a journey to wellness�an inspirational, practical, hands-on guide to understanding the science of nutrition and how what we eat and drink affects our bodies and our lives. We begin with a revealing study of why we eat what we do and how we gather information about nutrition. We then take an in-depth look at the core of our body�our digestive tract. We continue with a detailed review of the essential building blocks of diet and nutrition�protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, fiber, vitamins, and minerals�learning about their critical roles in a healthy diet. The lectures then turn to topics critically important to the American public: the dietary links to major chronic diseases and disorders such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, heart disease, and disorders of the digestive tract. The lectures are full of informative advice on what these illnesses are and practical suggestions for how we can lower our risk for acquiring them. The intent of the lectures is not to preach or scold but to present a wise but realistic approach to nutrition. Among the best� and most encouraging�advice in this course is �Progress, not perfection.� In other words, even small changes toward improving our diet and exercise choices can make a big difference in our health. In later lectures, we take a balanced look at the pros and cons of sugar substitutes and fat replacers, organic and conventional foods, and herbal therapies. We also cover topics from the importance of food safety to reading food labels (they are more complicated�and more important�than you think!). We survey the latest types of products on supermarket shelves (probiotics, prebiotics, and functional foods) and discover exciting new advancements in the science of nutrition. In keeping with its goal to be relevant and beneficial for everyone, the course provides all we need to develop nutrition and exercise plans that not only work but are sustainable. After all, effective diet and nutrition choices cannot be quick fixes characterized by hunger and deprivation�they are lifestyle choices that can lead to a longer and healthier life for anyone at any age.
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