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Nutrition Made Clear

Narrated by: Roberta H. Anding
Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
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Summary

Nutrition is essential to living a healthy, happy, and successful life. Yet a world of misconceptions and promises of easy results too often stands in our way - and can even be harmful to our overall health.

The key is to cut through the noise and find the medically backed, statistically proven information about healthy eating and living. These 36 in-depth lectures explore the fundamentals of good nutrition and offer a practical guide for applying these fundamentals to your lifestyle.The power of nutrition lies not just in grasping the concepts behind it, but also in applying those concepts to daily living. This means learning where to find authoritative nutrition information, mastering the science behind nutrients and the body, recognizing what your personal daily requirements of each nutrient should be, building a distinct exercise regimen, and more.

A dietitian and award-winning lecturer, Professor Anding gives you a wealth of invaluable tips you can easily apply to your own eating habits. You'll learn how to calculate your own dietary needs, how to create your own nutrition and exercise plans, how to recognize when a product or service is really a health fraud, and more.

Crafted with the needs of individual people in mind, this course is both a fascinating learning experience and the perfect investment in your personal health - one that will educate you, motivate you, and reward you for the rest of your life.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Good information - rather too American

This provides a very thorough grounding on general nutrition. I liked the narrator, very clear and obviously knows what she is talking about. But it is aimed at an American audience and all the references are to American websites, research etc. Still interesting, but I would prefer an English version.

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Useful for the basics but seems dated in places

Interesting summary of nutrition as of, I believe, 2005 presented in a clear and engaging way. As the author says herself nutrition is still a young science and new discoveries can be expected to overturn current dogma.

Where I found this pertinant was in the confidence that the 'right' diet is the SAD (Standard American Diet) and in such discussions as how low carb (keto) is bad, muscle training should be done by individual groups of muscle and no mention of the benefits of fasting.

Worth a listen for a summary of nutrition but balance with the current info being shred by people like dom d'agostino.

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Nutrition made VERY clear

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Really good book and would recommend to anyone who wants to know about nutrition. Very happy with the content.

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75% great

The first three Quarters was Great, the last few Chapters are more USA biased, looking at US Labeling of Food. However its worth getting it for the first part. 100% recommend

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Simple good messages.

Good balanced health advice with some evidence quoted to back them. Good understanding of the human body. No real dramatic or particularly interesting messages here. Quite a lot of repetition as you get to the later chapters.

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Nutritious Course

If you could sum up Nutrition Made Clear in three words, what would they be?

Changed My Life

Which character – as performed by Professor Roberta H. Anding – was your favourite?

Herself

Any additional comments?

This audiobook seems well balanced and a pleasure to listen to. A lady with rich experience guides you through the myths of diet, and takes a scientific approach which, of course, is always open to review. Well worth it, and something on which I could make positive steps in my life.

I particularly like the integration of exercise and nutrition in the thinking- an holistic approach built on reductionist building blocks. Scientific in places, but Roberta guides you through.

A tonic.

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Excellent!

Would you listen to Nutrition Made Clear again? Why?

Have listened twice as there is a lot of information to process.

What about Professor Roberta H. Anding’s performance did you like?

No nonsense delivery, facual with enough science to keep me interested. A really comprehensive introduction to nutrition.

Any additional comments?

Irritating that the accompanying 'work-book' referred to in the lectures is not available, It's pretty impossible to remember all the information and would be good to have reference material

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Quite good and comprehensive

A quite good and comprehensive 'mainstream' introduction to nutrition, based on solid scientific evidence as available at the time. The format is the usual Great Courses format, i e separate lectures with an introductory snippet of Bach music, and audience applause at the end - not distracting at all, but feels quite natural. The lecturer is heard perfectly clearly throughout, and delivers the text in an engaging style.

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this is a great audiobook it is very informative, wonderful lecturer. I highly recommend this title.

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Very informative, too much for the layperson?

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Some friends, yes.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

n/a

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

Could you see Nutrition Made Clear being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No

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I'm sure some people would find this book fascinating, personally the book had simply far too much detail on vitamins and minerals in particular. I wanted to learn about building a healthy diet not the minutia of how many iu of every vitamin and mineral.

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  • annette e
  • 25-09-16

Read Me ... The missing PDF guidebook is there!

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It took me a long time to find the PDF that the author repeatedly refers to and some people said was available with your audible purchase. Note - you cannot find the PDF from your phone! The PDF is not in the phone app but it is on the actual Audible website (but you STILL cannot see this from the Internet on your phone!) However, you can find this via an iPad or computer. You have to go into the actual audible website on the Internet … Audible.com ... from your computer or from an iPad. When you log into your account, you will see a list of all of the books that you have on Audible. The PDF is listed beneath your book details on that page. I saved mine to iBooks so that I can view it when I want. Tip - to save to iBooks - quickly select the " view in iBooks" pop up in the top right corner of your screen when you first open the PDF and it will save the guidebook to iBooks on your iPad or Mac computer. Hope this helps you!

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  • Shannon
  • 13-09-15

YES, there IS a guidebook that comes with it (PDF)

Would you consider the audio edition of Nutrition Made Clear to be better than the print version?

(Other reviews are incorrect. A Course Guidebook IS available on Audible as a PDF, there is a guide for each chapter/lecture as well as supplemental material and references to many other sources.) I like being able to listen while in the car or on a walk, so I prefer just the audio most of the time. Some of the things in the guidebook enhance the lecture material, and it's great to review after listening to a lecture or to further knowledge on a particular subject. .

What other book might you compare Nutrition Made Clear to and why?

It's more like sitting in a college nutrition class than it is like reading a book.

Which character – as performed by Professor Roberta H. Anding – was your favorite?

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Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. The roughly 30 minute chapters are perfectly broken up to be able to listen to 1-2 per day.

Any additional comments?

Great source for learning basic, fundamental facts of nutrition without having to wade through sales of fad diets and magic pills.

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  • Jason
  • 24-11-15

Be wary of other Reviewers

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Other reviewers have stated that the accompanying essential PDF was not included. I don't know if this is an issue that was present in the past and was resolved but I definitely have the accompanying PDF. I personally haven’t been able to find the accompanying PDFs in the audible phone application yet and have quite a few audio books that had them. That said if you go onto the website and browse your library the PDFs are underneath the title of your book.

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  • Jessica Wilkins
  • 23-10-17

Outdated

Much the information presented here is good but much of it is outdated. Roberta seems like a nice lady and she's a good presenter, but I can't get past the fact that she recommends things like low-fat dairy, Ensure, and diet soda. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (who offer the Registered Dietician certification) is funded by corporations like Coca-Cola, Kellogg's, and National Dairy Council so it's easy to see why she recommends these products. If you want really up-to-date, good quality nutrition information, read "Whole" by T. Colin Campbell, PhD, or "How Not to Die" by Dr. Michael Gregor.

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  • Angela
  • 26-08-13

Needs a side book

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The information in the book is great, but Prof. Anding is mentioning the booknotes that come with the audio, and that booknotes, at least in this Audible version, don't exist.
I'd love to have those references, I hope Audible and TGC agree on some kind of downloadable material available for paying customers.
If you bought the book and agree with me, please agree with my review, that way it will have more chances to be read by someone with influence. Thank you.

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  • g
  • 17-07-13

informative

This was very good. I feel so much more relaxed about nutrition now and no longer subject to what I read in magazine articles. And I thought I already knew a lot about nutrition before I read this.

I also disagree with reviews that said this was just a bunch of tables. I didn't notice that issue at all.

And I don't understand why people don't like the narrator. I thought she was pretty good.

Whenever I find a narrator dull, I turn the speed up to 1.25 and it usually takes care of the problem. But I thought this narrator was fine without any tinkering.

I finished this book quickly and looked forward to it.

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  • janine
  • 18-07-13

Great Information hope audible does more.

If you could sum up Nutrition Made Clear in three words, what would they be?

Made me think.

What did you like best about this story?

She gave references.

What about Professor Roberta H. Anding’s performance did you like?

She speaks well and knows her material. Made the course interesting with her stories.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When she spoke on about misinformation.

Any additional comments?

Would love to know how to get reference materials she spoke of.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-08-13

Good lecture series, needs extra book referred to

What did you like best about Nutrition Made Clear? What did you like least?

Well presented, factual.
missing tables and formulas referred to in lectures

Any additional comments?

Other lecture series have pdf files available for course outline and reference materials.

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  • Bree
  • 23-07-13

WOW!!!! A must listen for EVERY AMERICAN!!!!

This series was absolutely eye-opening and amazing! This series takes a scientific approach (the best type) to the entire world of nutrition. It is very easy to follow and understand. Prof. Andling is compelling and her attitude is very open and realistic. I have recently become a strict vegetarian on an entirely plant-based vegan diet (no eggs, cheese, milk, animal products). This series even helped me to better understand how our body works, how food is digested, why getting your vitamins and minerals from whole foods is better than supplements, as well as how to create complete proteins, very essential for a plant-based diet. My Husband is a meat eater and I learned why it is so important to use meat as a side dish in a sea of whole foods and have implemented that in his diet as well. This book also discusses many diseases and other dietary issues that you may experience including real life examples and it will definitely make you assess what types of meds, vitamins, supplements, etc. that you are currently on. It also discussing "dieting" and how our body responds. Towards the end there is an assessment to help you reach your goals or better understand your future nutrition. I am listening to it again! I am also ordering the DVD to send to my inlaws and will keep it handy for the future as each section may apply to your life in different stages or for different people you support. The only downside is she talks about a reference book throughout that we would normally have a copy of, I tried to find that book on Amazon with no luck thus far. I would love to have this entire series in a textbook form. I must say, science has changed so much in the last 10-20 years and I am sure that many things we believe are healthful may indeed drastically change in the future thanks to the progression of science and studies. So I look forward to the updated version one day! P.S. thanks to this course I have a newfound interest in doing more research, as nutrition and fitness which she does talk in great detail about as well, is really our only insurance! Health = Wealth!!!!!

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  • Rachel
  • 26-07-19

BEWARE: Not Credible Information

I'm not sure when this book was written, but it is based on incredibly outdated science. The author recommends diet plans that contradict the current literature and even contradicts her own statements! If you listen to this, definitely educate yourself and fact check everything she says. As an example, she does a good job explaining how processed fats and trans fats can cause a lot of free radical damage in the body and explains that the low fat dieting craze is absurd, however just moments ago she was recommending potatoes with MARGARINE and tries to suggest that vegetable oils like safflower, corn oil, soybean oil, canola oil, etc. are GOOD FOR YOU. Wow. If you look into how vegetable oils are processed and extracted, you will know that there are NO health benefits to eating or cooking with them. They cause the exact free radical damage she was just warning listeners against moments ago. Nonetheless she does have some solid information sprinkled in between, but you have to be so careful about what you believe. She doesn't provide any scientific information to back up her claims; no studies, no sources, no experiments, no mention of scientists.... The only thing she provides as evidence is "One time I saw someone with ____ deficiency" (anecdotal) or "I'm a professor at Rice University!" to try and assert some credibility. She's probably never done any research of her own, which is disheartening, especially because once you have read many articles/studies/textbooks on nutrition, you will find that she is just regurgitating information that is commonly spoken about, even if it's long since been determined a myth. It's clear she doesn't know what to believe when it comes to nutrition because she consistently states evidence that contradicts previous chapters but she labels everything as equally "right".

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