Coordinator: Angelic van der Aar
Do you ever wonder what the influence of food is on the functioning of the body? In this course, you will learn aspects from human physiology that are related to taste, digestion and nutrition. We daily hear claims or rules about which foods are good for you and which aren’t. In this part we will explore known effects of food on health, food-related modern diseases and the scientific basis of dietary health claims. Moreover, we will explore why there are such strong differences of opinion about what's delicious and what's disgusting food. Genetics, evolutionary factors, cultural influences and psychological factors also play a major role. In this part of the course we will explore the different factors affecting taste and you will investigate your tasting capacities.
The students can:
can explain the necessity and benefits of a healthy microbiome
can design and conduct an scientific investigation on the relationship between food and the microbiome and explain the outcomes of the study.
describe the effects of food/nutrients on human health
critically analyze dietary health claims and translate (scientific) literature and expert opinions to the public in a short documentary
can explain the relation between physiology, genomics and taste and apply genomics in food-related research questions.
can critically analyze dietary health claims and translate (scientific) literature and expert opinions to the public in a short documentary
can have scientific profound discussions with colleague’s
Being able to formulate and defend a (scientific based) opinion on dietary health claims
can translate scientific findings on food claims to the public in a short documentary
form an opinion about the social and clinical relevance of dietary health claims
form an opinion about commercial and political effects of the existence of dietary health claims
Period: September – January
Or: February - June
Mode of instruction
Lectures, practicals, tutorials.
Assignment: making a documentary on a food-based health claim (grade).
Practical assignment microbiome (sufficient/non-sufficient)
Blackboard will be used for communication and exchange of documents
Course materials will be provided by the teachers.
This course is part of the programme Science of Cooking. A student is required to follow all courses included in this programme.