The second edition of this established textbook provides an accomplished introduction to the principles of nutrition and metabolism with increasing emphasis on the integration and control of metabolism. This book explores the interactions between diet and health and explains the basis for current dietary goals and recommendations. Essential biochemistry for understanding functions of nutrients and the importance of diet and nutrition in health and disease is presented in a clear and authoratative manner.Dr Bender's text asks the question 'Why eat?', and explores the role of diet in the development of the 'diseases of the affluent' as well as obesity and under-nutrition.Clear and simple diagrams aid the discussion of metabolic pathways, and nutritional and physiological aspects are linked throughout. This is an essential text for anyone studying nutrition, dietetics, food science and medicine at an introductory level.