Nutrition Made Clear

Rated 4 out of 5 by from easy to follow I found the professor easy to listen to and the information easy to follow. Although I am well read on the subject before it was great to have it in a comprehensive format. While my thoughts on supplements differ I was interested in the reasoning she put forth for her reluctance to suggest their use on a regular basis. Her manner of delivering her lectures was pleasant, informative and non combative when she spoke against many trends. She imparted a great deal of useful information in a friendly and helpful way. I found the course was worth my time and would highly recommend it especially for those just beginning to explore this subject in depth.
Date published: 2021-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great information! I watched every single lesson and learned so much! It was a broad and comprehensive look at nutrition. The only thing I would have liked is more detail for the DASH diet and detail of the Mediterranean diet. Very skilled presenter and good examples to explain all aspects of nutrition.
Date published: 2021-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dense with good Info I am impressed with the amount of useful information. And I LOVE the fast pace of the presenter who is so very knowledgeable.
Date published: 2021-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative course Bought this course a couple of years ago. Re-watched it recently and decided it would make a great Christmas gift. It is packed with very useful dietary information. Can't go wrong watching this video.
Date published: 2020-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Information, Professionally Presented. Even though this course is 11 years old, it is solid on its information based on science. The instructor is exceptional! Clear and practical presentations. An interesting and a most helpful course.
Date published: 2020-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent content The instructor was great, her steady lecturing and content were enjoyable. I learned so much.
Date published: 2020-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Important Practical Information! Prof. Anding does a great job of distilling into usable bits the most important takeaways in each of 36 lectures that collectively cover every aspect of nutrition. The professor offers very practical advice, befitting of a longstanding practitioner, and she attempts to answer (I think successfully) the most common questions people have about the nutritional topics she covers. My only suggestion is to note that the course was recorded in 2009, and it would be great for Prof. Anding to update the course with important research results since that time. I listened to the audio version of the course, which was entirely satisfactory. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2020-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life-Changing Course! This amazing course is one of my favorites (I have more than 200 courses). Professor Anding does an impressive job of explaining how the body does what it does and the effect that nutrition has on it. Lecture three alone is worth the price of the entire course. This is a course that literally EVERY adult, who is concerned about their health, can benefit from. I got more and more excited with each lecture thinking about simple nutritional changes that I could make to greatly benefit my health. At age 77 I can relate to a LOT of what Professor Anding teaches. I am only sorry that I found a course like this so late in life. Better late than never! I purchased this course a long time ago but only recently viewed it and I already feel better and my doctor and I both can see a difference as a result of my personal nutrition plan. THANK YOU Professor Anding and The Great Courses for a life-changing course!
Date published: 2020-09-27
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Nutrition Made Clear
Course Trailer
Why We Eat What We Do
1: Why We Eat What We Do

Studies and trends show that Americans, now more than ever, are interested in eating right. Professor Anding begins the course with a description of the current state of American nutrition, a brief introduction to the history of nutrition science, and a roadmap for the lectures ahead....

31 min
Sources of Nutrition Fact and Fiction
2: Sources of Nutrition Fact and Fiction

How can you make sense of the barrage of nutritional information-and misinformation-surrounding you? In this lecture, learn how to flag potential cases of health fraud and where to find credible sources of information on nutrition. Also, examine the public health policies designed to promote the well-being of Americans...

29 min
Our Underappreciated Digestive Tract
3: Our Underappreciated Digestive Tract

Our remarkable digestive systems often go unappreciated-until we succumb to some sort of digestive order. Explore the basic functions of the gastrointestinal tract, common ailments that affect between 60 and 70 million Americans at one point or another, and ways to manage these ailments through dietary means....

31 min
It's All about the Calories!
4: It's All about the Calories!

Over the past 50 years, the caloric intake of Americans has gradually increased. Understanding the basics of your metabolism can provide the foundation for lifelong strategies for managing weight. Here, examine the determining factors behind your daily caloric intake and learn tips on how to successfully burn calories....

30 min
Hydration-You Are What You Drink
5: Hydration-You Are What You Drink

Do you really need to drink eight 8-oz. glasses of water every day? Discover the science behind the water that constitutes 65%-70% of our bodies, including a look at the symptoms and treatments of dehydration and overhydration and the effects of caffeine and alcohol on the body's hydration levels....

31 min
Not All Carbohydrates Are Created Equal
6: Not All Carbohydrates Are Created Equal

Carbohydrates account for roughly 50% of the average American's diet. In this exploration of why these biomolecules are both good and bad for us, study the functions of simple and complex carbohydrates and learn ways you can make wiser carbohydrate choices in your daily diet....

31 min
Facts on Fiber
7: Facts on Fiber

Whole-grain cereals, nuts, fruits-these are just a few of the many sources of fiber that are part of a healthy diet. Here, examine the differences between insoluble and soluble fibers and the health benefits of a high-fiber diet for everything from promoting digestive health to controlling blood sugar levels....

32 min
Protein-An Indispensable Nutrient
8: Protein-An Indispensable Nutrient

Protein is, without a doubt, an indispensable nutrient. But how do proteins function? What are the appropriate protein needs for an average adult? And what can happen if you don't get enough protein in your daily diet? Discover the answers to these and other questions in this insightful lecture....

34 min
Fat, Fat Everywhere!
9: Fat, Fat Everywhere!

Make sense of the scientific complexities of dietary fat in all its many forms: saturated, unsaturated, trans-fat, cholesterol, and more. Professor Anding helps you distinguish between "good" and "bad" fats and shows you how to regulate dietary fat intake....

29 min
Vitamins-Spotlight on C
10: Vitamins-Spotlight on C

Of all the 13 different vitamins we get through diet or supplementation, Vitamin C is one of the most popular. Investigate the history, benefits, dietary sources, and daily requirements of this water-soluble vitamin. Also, learn the truth about whether Vitamin C can protect you from the common cold....

31 min
Vitamins A and K-Multitaskers
11: Vitamins A and K-Multitaskers

Continue studying vitamins with a look at two that are fat-soluble: Vitamins A and K. For each of these multitasking vitamins, discover their purpose; where you can find them in the foods you eat; what your daily requirements should be; and what happens when you get too little-or too much-of each in your diet....

28 min
Vitamin E-Fallen Hero; Vitamin D-Rising Star
12: Vitamin E-Fallen Hero; Vitamin D-Rising Star

In this third lecture on vitamins, focus on Vitamins E and D. Contrary to popular thought, Vitamin E has proven to not be so helpful in the prevention of chronic disease. Vitamin D, on the other hand, may play a role in combating diseases such as diabetes and cancer, according to emerging science....

31 min
B Vitamin Basics
13: B Vitamin Basics

Vitamin B consists of not one, but of eight different substances that help enable the release of energy from the food you eat. Here, examine the most familiar B vitamins (including thiamin, niacin, and folate) and some of the myths associated with B-vitamin nutrition....

32 min
The Major Minerals
14: The Major Minerals

There are seven major minerals that are essential to your everyday life: calcium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, and magnesium. This lecture serves as an illuminating primer on the need for these minerals in your diet and focuses on the two that are the most important....

30 min
The Highs and Lows of Sodium and Potassium
15: The Highs and Lows of Sodium and Potassium

These two counterbalancing minerals play a major role in maintaining normal blood pressure. How does this happen? How many milligrams of each should you incorporate into your daily diet? And what are some successful ways to limit your amount of sodium intake? Find out in this lecture....

30 min
Iron, Zinc, Selenium-Balance Is Everything
16: Iron, Zinc, Selenium-Balance Is Everything

Round out your study of minerals by learning about iron, zinc, and selenium. These three minerals play integral roles in the functioning of your immune system, interacting with more than 100 enzymes and reducing peroxide free radicals (compounds believed to cause aging and possibly cancer)....

32 min
Cardiovascular Disease-What Are the Risks?
17: Cardiovascular Disease-What Are the Risks?

Approximately 50% of Americans will develop some form of heart disease within their lifetime, according to some medical sources. Survey the five major forms of cardiovascular disease-angina, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, and congestive heart failure-and discover the various risk factors you can and cannot control....

30 min
A Heart-Healthy Lifestyle
18: A Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

Using your newfound knowledge of heart disease, get detailed information on how to understand-and mitigate-your personal risk. Learn what cholesterol and triglyceride levels are appropriate and how to achieve a heart-healthy lifestyle by choosing fat-free or low-fat dairy products, eating fish at least twice a week, exercising at least 30 minutes a day, and more....

31 min
The DASH Diet-A Lifesaver
19: The DASH Diet-A Lifesaver

One out of every three Americans suffers from high blood pressure, which can lead to shorter life expectancies. As you learn the sources of hypertension, discover how the DASH-Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension-diet, when combined with sodium restriction and weight management, can help control blood pressure....

31 min
Obesity-Public Health Enemy Number One
20: Obesity-Public Health Enemy Number One

Why has obesity become such an epidemic, both in America and around the globe? Is it a result of genetics, environmental and social factors, or both? What is the difference between being obese and merely being overweight? Find out the answers to these and other questions in this eye-opening lecture....

31 min
Healthy Weight Management
21: Healthy Weight Management

What are the secrets to maintaining a healthy, optimal body weight? Learn some smart habits here, including balancing your energy sources, exercising regularly, and maintaining a positive outlook. Also, take a look at the American Dietetic Association's 10 key recommendations for cutting calories in your daily diet....

31 min
Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes
22: Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes

Delve into the causes, prevention, and treatment of both metabolic syndrome (clustered risk factors that can be a precursor to Type 2 diabetes) and Type 2 diabetes itself. Then, touch on the reasons behind rising levels of this disease in American children-some as young as four years of age....

32 min
Dietary Approaches to Weight Management
23: Dietary Approaches to Weight Management

Popular diets. Over-the-counter supplements. Gastric banding surgery. Get detailed explanations of the science behind-and flaws in-these and other popular weight-loss methods. Professor Anding then gives you alternative approaches to long-term weight management, using data from the National Weight Control Registry....

31 min
Nutrition and Cancer Prevention
24: Nutrition and Cancer Prevention

While cancer is currently the second leading cause of death in the United States, there is a wealth of dietary strategies and lifestyle modifications that can help people reduce their risk of this fearful diagnosis. Discover them here....

33 min
Nutrition and Digestive Health
25: Nutrition and Digestive Health

Professor Anding guides you through the normal digestive process and points out the characteristics of common digestive disorders. Learn how wise dietary decisions, lifestyle changes, and medication can help control lactose intolerance, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and more....

31 min
Prebiotics and Probiotics in Your Diet
26: Prebiotics and Probiotics in Your Diet

Professor Anding guides you through the normal digestive process and points out the characteristics of common digestive disorders. Learn how wise dietary decisions, lifestyle changes, and medication can help control lactose intolerance, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and more....

27 min
Food Safety-It's in Your Hands
27: Food Safety-It's in Your Hands

While the U.S. food supply is one of the safest in the world, recent outbreaks of salmonella and E. coli show that we should still be concerned with the contamination. Increase your awareness of food safety by exploring food contamination methods, the consequences of food-borne illnesses, and practical prevention methods....

31 min
Demystifying Food Labels
28: Demystifying Food Labels

We've all read a food label. But what do you really need to know to make wise, healthy choices? This lecture reveals the best ways to read the back of a package for nutrition information and includes Professor Anding's useful tips on how to avoid making serious mistakes when selecting food....

32 min
Facts on Functional Foods
29: Facts on Functional Foods

Are functional foods-foods that provide additional health benefits that may reduce disease risk and promote optimal health-worth your extra money? Come to your own conclusion in this lecture, which gives you definitions and examples of functional foods, as well as information on how these foods are marketed and regulated....

30 min
A Look at Herbal Therapy
30: A Look at Herbal Therapy

The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in the use of herbal medicine as a means to prevent or manage disease. This lecture explores the myths and realities behind this alternative form of medicine, with an emphasis on a few of the most popular supplements, including St. John's wort, ginkgo biloba, and ginseng....

32 min
Organic or Conventional-Your Choice
31: Organic or Conventional-Your Choice

An estimated 81% of shoppers buy organic food because they feel it has a higher nutritive value than conventional foods. So are there significant health benefits to eating organic foods? Here, Professor Anding defines types of organic products and details current research about their nutritional advantages....

29 min
Fake or Real-Sugars and Fats
32: Fake or Real-Sugars and Fats

Nine out of 10 Americans buy or consume products made with artificial sweeteners and fat replacers-so much that it can be difficult to determine if what we're eating is real or fake. Examine the nutritional advantages and disadvantages of consuming products made with sucrose, fructose, Olestra, and other additives....

34 min
Creating Your Own Personal Nutrition Plan
33: Creating Your Own Personal Nutrition Plan

Here, personalize the knowledge you've gained from earlier lectures by learning how to design your own basic nutrition plan. Explore the four components required to determine your nutritional needs, uncover useful tips to keep in mind as you develop your strategy, and put it all together with concrete examples....

33 min
Exercise and Nutrition-Partners for Life
34: Exercise and Nutrition-Partners for Life

Being healthy is not just a matter of what you eat, it's a matter of how much daily physical activity you get. Discover the components of a practical exercise program and learn how you can implement the right amount of physical activity into your own personal lifestyle-activity that can often prevent many diseases and detrimental health conditions....

34 min
The Future of Nutrition-Science and Trends
35: The Future of Nutrition-Science and Trends

Cast your gaze upon the future of nutrition science. How have scientific breakthroughs (such as the Human Genome Project) allowed for the creation of individualized health goals? Will consumers make more home-cooked meals instead of relying on convenience foods? What foods will we start eating more and less of?...

27 min
Nutrition Facts and FAQs
36: Nutrition Facts and FAQs

Nutrition is a very broad and personal subject, and so it's inevitable that many questions will remain. That's why Professor Anding concludes the course with an entire lecture devoted to her own expert responses to common nutrition questions she's been asked during her career....

34 min
Roberta H. Anding

I thoroughly enjoyed making 'Nutrition Made Clear' with The Teaching Company. The attention to detail and accuracy was impressive and beyond my wildest dreams. Not only did I become a humble professor, I became a customer.


Louisiana State University


Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital

About Roberta H. Anding

Professor Roberta H. Anding is a registered dietitian and Director of Sports Nutrition and a clinical dietitian at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital. She also teaches and lectures in the Baylor College of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics, Section of Adolescent Medicine and Sports Medicine, and in the Department of Kinesiology at Rice University. In addition, she is a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association, a certified specialist in sports dietetics, a certified diabetes educator, and the dietitian for the Houston Texans NFL franchise. She received her bachelor's degree in Dietetics and her master's degree in Nutrition from Louisiana State University. Throughout her prolific career, Professor Anding has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Texas Distinguished Dietitian Award, the Texas Dietetic Association Media Award, the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the University of Houston School of Nursing, and the Houston Area Dietetic Association's Texas Distinguished Dietitian of the Year award several years running. She has also published work in a variety of scientific and medical publications, including Pediatrics, the Journal of Adolescent Health, and Critical Care Nursing.

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