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EXSCI 230 (EV, US) The Science of Nutrition (1)

The course will provide students with foundational knowledge about the scientific principles of human nutrition. The following topics will be discussed: classification of nutrients (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins), metabolism and energy balance, dietary supplements, diet planning, the role of nutrition in health. Students will analyze their own eating habits and design diet programs with the use of comprehensive nutrition software. The course will also examine choices people make about the foods they consume, the consequences that arise as a result of such choices, and the attitudes towards these consequences. Topics include the impact of global warming on food production in different parts of the world, the potential for global conflict as a result of scarcity of food resources, food safety and food security, the politics and economics of health care in the United States, and the tremendous social and economic costs associated with the current obesity epidemic. Students will use critical analysis of available data and will then be guided towards formulating appropriate solutions to address problems relating to the choices people make about food, and the consequences of these choices.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Examining Values, Understanding Society
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Stavrianeas