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Table of Contents About the Authors………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1 Acknowledgments ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3 Dedications …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4 Preface……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 5 Chapter 1: Nutrition and You ………………………………………………………………………………… 9

Defining Nutrition, Health, and Disease ………………………………………………………………………………………. 12 What Are Nutrients? …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 18 The Broad Role of Nutritional Science…………………………………………………………………………………………. 26 Health Factors and Their Impact…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 36 Assessing Personal Health…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 50 A Fresh Perspective: Sustainable Food Systems …………………………………………………………………………… 55 End-of-Chapter Exercises ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 63