BIOL234 - Nutritional Physiology
Prerequisites BIOL204 Human Body in Health and Disease 2, NUTR101 Introduction to Nutrition
Knowledge and understanding of the human gastrointestinal tract and its interaction with other physiological systems provides the foundation upon which clinical and preventative nutrition practices are based. This unit will provide students with an understanding of the endocrine and neural regulation of gastrointestinal functions, food intake and metabolism. An emphasis is placed on macro- and micro-nutrient requirements, nutrient metabolism, energy balance, and weight control. Through analysis of scientific and pseudoscientific articles concerning nutrition and healthy diet, students will gain an understanding of the current issues relating to nutrition physiology. These issues include the composition of a healthy diet, the effects of alcohol consumption, popular/fashionable diets, and pathological conditions related to metabolism.