Since the late 1980s nutrition has experienced a second renaissance with the growing perception that the knowledge gained did not equip mankind to solve the global problems of food insecurity and malnutrition. The emphasis shifted from the medical or pathological paradigm to a more psychosocial, behavioral one in which nutrition is defined as a basic human  right, not only essential for human development but also as an outcome of development. In this first, introductory text, the focus is on principles and essentials of human nutrition, with the main purpose of helping the nutrition student to develop a holistic and integrated understanding of this complex, multifaceted scientific domain.

  • Identify the major nutrients, their functions, interactions, and needs of the body.
  • In depth knowledge of macro and micro nutrients with a focus on sources and the effect of deficiency.
  • Exploring malnutrition, its causes and effect in the society.
  • Select and use appropriate guidelines for food selection and provide for adequacy, balance, calorie control, moderation, variety, and density.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course the students will be able to:
  • To be able to discriminate in dealing with a vast amount of nutrient information.
  • Make decisions concerning nutrient claims, separating fact from fallacy.
  • Recognize the consequences of over nutrition, under-nutrition, and malnutrition.
  • Describe the principle of caloric balance.
  • Apply the concepts of nutrition in personal food selection.
  • Assist others in planning healthy adequate diets.
  • Describe the role of proper nutrition for athletes and others involved in physical activity.
  • Identify signs, physical consequences, and a referral system for common eating disorders.
  • Recognize and advocate the principles of nutrition that promote health and prevent disease throughout the life cycle.

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