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About this course

This is a general nutrition course that addresses the relation between nutrition and human health with a focus on overnutrition. The course will get you introduced into the chemistry of the three macronutrients fat, carbohydrate and protein. It will address how macronutrients are digested, absorbed, stored, and metabolized for energy and present you with an introductory view on how different types of fats, carbohydrates and proteins affect human health.
Moreover, it will carefully analyse energy homeostasis and the regulation of bodyweight. The course will also introduce you into nutritional science and the different methodologies employed in nutritional research.

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

  • reproduce basal knowledge on food sources, structure, digestion, absorption, transport and metabolic effects of the three macronutrients fat, carbohydrate and protein;
  • demonstrate knowledge on energy intake and expenditure, physical activity, and body composition;
  • understand the importance of nutrition for human health, focusing on overnutrition;
  • have a basic understanding about the mechanisms underlying the effect of nutrition on health and disease.

Prior knowledge

Mandatory Knowledge:
ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety

  • Code
  • Credits
    ECTS 6
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  • Start date

    4 september 2023

    • Ends
      27 oktober 2023
    • Term *
      Period 1
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      1 Jun, 00:00 - 13 Aug 2023
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These offerings are valid for students of Utrecht University