Human Nutrition - Introduction to Macronutrients
Learn the importance and function of macronutrients for nourishment with this introduction to macronutrients course.Publisher: Brian Lindshield
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This free online course will first discuss carbohydrates, the different chemical formulas associated with them, and how they are produced in plants. You will study the two types of simple carbohydrates, the three types of monosaccharides, and the three commonly occurring disaccharides. You will learn the three types of sugar in alcohol and their major advantages. The course will also cover alternative sweeteners as well as the two groups of complex carbohydrates.
You will then look into proteins and learn about the different types of amino acids and their structures. You will study the process of protein synthesis and learn about levels of protein structure and various protein functions. The course will also discuss the two types of proteins. Next, you will learn about lipids and the different fatty acids. You will be introduced to the naming systems for fatty acids as well as their food sources. The course will also cover essential fatty acids and eicosanoids.
The study of human nutrition is incredibly important as it helps us learn the essential nutrients in food that are necessary to support human life and health. Poor nutrition is a chronic problem all over the world which can be solved with a proper understanding of nutrition and dietary practices. This Human Nutrition - Introduction to Macronutrients online course will make it a little bit easier for you to achieve this goal.
Introduction to Carbohydrates
Introduction to Carbohydrates - Learning Outcomes
Introduction to Carbohydrates
Oligosaccharides and Polysaccharides
Introduction to Carbohydrates - Lesson Summary
Introduction to Proteins
Introduction to Proteins - Learning Outcomes
Protein Synthesis, Structure and Functions
Protein Quality and Protein - Energy Malnutrition
Introduction to Proteins - Lesson Summary
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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