Dr. Leonard E. Gerber

ISBN-13: 978-1-935987-67-3

# pages: 225


Suggested Retail: $64.95



Most introductory nutrition texts approach the role and importance of different nutrients for human health in an overly academic fashion, but don’t present that information in a practical and truly useful manner. Len Gerber’s Human Nutrition: An Applied Approach takes students and other interested readers along a different pathway: one intended to raise awareness about various dietary nutrients and their direct effects on overall health.

Chapters include a brief introduction to nutritional science, including the nutrients people obtain from their diet and how they contribute to optimal body function. Gerber also discusses governmental and private-sector strategies to encourage a healthy diet, as well as some atypical diets and the nutritional obstacles they present. Designed to be reader-friendly, the text presents the roles, chemistry, and food sources of various dietary nutrients, with a focus on their practical significance to optimal nutrition. The student will learn about carbohydrates, other energy-yielding macronutrients, and water-soluble vitamins, as well as food safety, food fortification, the effects of excessive nutrient intake, and global nutritional concerns.

With a variety of aids — illustrations, graphs, tables, a glossary, appendices, and guides to other resources — Human Nutrition: An Applied Approach integrates nutritional and health information in a useful way, designed to help students in and beyond the classroom.

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About the Author(s): Dr. Leonard E. Gerber

Dr. Leonard E. Gerber received his undergraduate training at Columbia University and his doctoral training at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After receiving his Ph.D. in nutrition, he spent two years doing postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois, focusing on nutrition and wound healing. Since 1981 he has been a faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Rhode Island.

In addition to teaching an introductory course in nutrition, he also teaches an undergraduate course in micronutrients and a graduate course in vitamins and minerals. Dr. Gerber has had a distinguished record of service at the university, including director of research compliance, chair of the Institutional Review Board for Human Subject Use, and Chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. He serves on the editorial board for several nutrition journals and the Advisory Board for Annual Editions: Nutrition. He has also served as an ad-hoc reviewer for several other nutrition journals, including Nutrition and Cancer: An International Journal. Dr. Gerber has written numerous publications in the field of nutrition and presented many abstracts at scientific meetings.  He has been a member of the American Society for Nutrition since 1979 and a member of the Vitamins and Minerals Interest Group and Diet and Cancer Interest Group of the ASN since 2007.

 His current research focuses mainly on the impact and role of vitamin E and similar compounds. In addition, Dr. Gerber also is interested in exploring the possible relationships between diet and autism.


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