Nutrition is the science that interprets the interaction of nutrients and other substances in food in relation to the maintenance, growth, reproduction, health, and disease of an organism. It includes food intake, absorption, assimilation, biosynthesis, catabolism, and excretion. The diet of an organism is what it eats, which is largely determined by the availability, processing, and palatability of foods. A healthy diet includes the preparation of food and storage methods that preserve nutrients from oxidation, heat or leaching, and that reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
After active engagement with the material, the learner will
1. explain the overview of nutrition as an evidence-based science.
2. Explain the processes of digestion and absorption, followed by explorations of the other organ systems.
5. Describe the concept of energy and calories.
6. Describe some disorders and diseases related to nutritional health.
7. Explore the many types of carbohydrates, including their functions.
8. Explain the different types of cholesterol in the blood.