Human Nutrition - Introduction to Macronutrients
Learn about the three energy-yielding macronutrients - carbohydrates, proteins and lipids, and why they are essential in a healthy diet.
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The course Human Nutrition - Introduction to Macronutrients provides an in-depth look into the three energy-yielding macronutrients - carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. 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.
In this course, the learner will be introduced 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.
Having completed this course the learner will be able to: - Discuss in detail the various groups of carbohydrates including simple carbohydrates, complex carbohydrates and alternative sweeteners; - Outline three main types of amino acids; - Describe the process of protein synthesis, the levels of protein structure and the various protein functions; - Discuss the roles fatty acids play as well as the eicosanoid compounds derived from fatty acids; - Describe the structure of phospholipids and triglycerides, and their functions; - Discuss the structure and function of the primary sterol, cholesterol.
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