Understanding Nutrition is a practical and engaging introduction to the core principles of nutrition. Building upon Ellie Whitney and Sharon Rady Rolfes' classic text, this second Australian and New Zealand edition equips students to optimise health and wellbeing. With its focus on Australia and New Zealand, the text incorporates current nutrition guidelines, recommendations and public health nutrition issues relevant to this region of the world. This textbook is praised for consistent level and readability, and careful explanations of all key topics (including energy metabolism and other complex processes). It opens with core nutrition topics, such as diet planning, macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, and follows with chapters on diet and health, fitness, life span nutrition and food safety. This book that connects with students - engaging them as it teaches them the basic concepts and applications of nutrition.