Foods and Health
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Ability to interpretate the impact of nutrients/foods/diets on metabolism in health.
Course contents summary
METABOLIC REGULATION: 1) introduction to metabolism during the postabsorptive and postprandial phases; 2) integration of carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism among tissues and organs. FURTHER ASPECTS RELATED TO HUMAN HEALTH: 3) nutrition in the elderly; 4) nutrition in childhood; 5) nutrition in pregnancy and lactation; 6) nutrition and sport. DIETARY REGIMES IN SPECIFIC CONDITIONS: 7) vegetarian diets; 8) religion based diets and traditional diets in the world; 9) "fashionable" diets.
1) F. FIDANZA, G. LIGUORI: Nutrizione Umana - IDELSEN (Napoli) 2) A. MARIANI COSTANTINI, C. CANNELLA, G. TOMASSI: Alimentazione e Nutrizione Umana - il Pensiero Scientifico (Roma).
3) M. SHILS, J. OLSON, M. SHIKE: Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, VIII ed, LEA & FEBIGER (Philadelphia) 4) K. Frayn: Metabolic Regulation. Portland Press, (London) 5) T. Brody: Nutritional biochemistry – (Academic Press).
The final oral examination is based on theoretical aspects and on the presentation and oral dissertation of thesis on a specific diet.