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Introduction To Food And Nutrition

Course CodeSGF1
Fee CodeSG
Duration (approx)20 hours
QualificationCertificate of Completion

Learn how to improve health and wellbeing by understanding diet and what you eat.  For personal, business, career or other personal reasons, this short study program offers a well organised and effective way to learn about food and nutrition, far beyond what you might ever achieve by simply reading a book.  This is a holistic learning experience.

The most essential aspect of nutrition is the volume and variety of nutrients that are consumed in a person's diet.  All people require the same nutrients during each stage in their life cycle although the volume of each nutrient necessary does vary.  Through five lessons, you will learn about the digestive system, how diet affects health, cultural impacts on diet and much more.


Course Contents

There are five lessons in this study program, as follows:

Lesson 1 The Digestive System
  • Nutrition and nutrients.
  • Food pyramid and recommended daily intake (RDI).
  • Population based nutrient requirements.
  • Digestion.
  • General health recommendations.
  • Examples of serving size.
  • Understanding the digestive system organs.
  • Review what you have been learning.

Lesson 2 Modifying Diet for a Particular Lifestyle or Genetic Disposition

  • Lifestyle.
  • Cultural differences.
  • Genetic considerations.
  • How you eat.
  • Review what you have been learning.

Lesson 3 Foods and Their Nutrition

  • Why do we need to know nutrition in foods?
  • How to source better food.
  • The impact of food preparation and storage on nutritional value.
  • Review what you have been learning.

Lesson 4 Nutrition and Health Disorders

  • How diet may affect skin.
  • Diet and our bones, joints and muscles.
  • Nutrition and the heart.
  • Diet and the respiratory system.
  • Diet and the urinary system.
  • Diet and the digestive system.
  • Diet and the brain/mental health.
  • Food and psychological wellbeing.
  • Food and respiratory disorders.
  • Food allergy and intolerance.
  • Food and digestive disorders.
  • Diets for specific conditions.

Lesson 5 How to Find Reliable Information on Nutrition

  • Nutritional research.
  • Sources of nutritional information.
  • Conditions requiring dietary advice.
  • Weight loss diets.
  • Nutritional supplementation.
  • Other resources.
  • Determining what a person should eat.
  • Tests to determine what a person should eat or should avoid.