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Our bodies require us to consume macronutrients on a daily basis to maintain numerous bodily functions such as growth and providing energy to carry out activities. The course Human Nutrition - Introduction to Macronutrients provides an in-depth look into the three key energy-yielding macronutrients - carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. The course begins by introducing the learner to the three energy-yielding macronutrients carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. The course covers the nature and roles of these primary macronutrients from the various types of carbohydrates to the importance and functions of lipids. This free course will be of great interest to all learners who want to understand and gain knowledge on macronutrients or any professional working in the areas of healthcare and health promotion and who would like to learn more about macronutrients. Start Course Now
Module 1: Introduction to Carbohydrates
Introduction to Carbohydrates - Learning Outcomes
Introduction to Carbohydrates
Oligosaccharides and Polysaccharides
Introduction to Carbohydrates - Lesson Summary
Module 2: Introduction to Proteins
Introduction to Proteins - Learning Outcomes
Protein Synthesis, Structure and Functions
Protein Quality and Protein-Energy Malnutrition
Introduction to Proteins - Lesson Summary
Module 3: Introduction to Lipids
Introduction to Lipids - Learning Outcomes
Lipids and Fatty Acids
Fatty Acid Naming and Food Sources
Essential Fatty Acids and Eicosanoids
Phospholipids and Triglycerides
Introduction to Lipids - Lesson Summary
Having completed this course you will be able to:
Discuss the various types of carbohydrates.
Discuss alternative sweeteners.
Discuss the various types of amino acids.
Describe the process of protein synthesis.
Outline the four levels of protein structure.
Discuss types of proteins.
Discuss fatty acids and their differences.
Identify food sources of fatty acids.
Discuss the role of eicosanoids.
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Nutrition concerns how food and drink affects our bodies. Nutrition studies seek to understand how food and drink gets converted into energy and later into tissue in our body, with a special emphasis on the consequences of our food choices. Nutritionists are professionals that many of us now seek to help us get our food choices right. Alison’s free online nutrition courses will give you an introduction to macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and lipids.
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