There is an overload of information about nutrition and health, but what is the truth and what can you do to improve the health of your patients? Learn more about nutrition and how our diet profoundly impacts our current and future health. This course addresses the relationship between nutrition and human health, with a focus on health problems related to overnutrition.
In this course, Professor Sander Kersten from Wageningen University & Research will explain about the composition of the three macronutrients: carbohydrates, fat and protein. You will learn about their role in the body (how they are absorbed, stored and metabolized for energy) and their impact on our health. Moreover, this course will cover energy homeostasis and the regulation of body weight. You will learn about overweight and obesity and strategies to improve and combat these problems of overnutrition. Finally, the course will make you familiar with nutritional research and research methodologies.
This course is especially useful for health care professionals and people working in the food industry with a non-nutrition background. You will develop a critical mindset by learning to better weigh and interpret information about food, nutrition and health.
This course, is part of the Food, Nutrition and Health Professional Certificate Program of Wageningen University & Research. Did you already complete Nutrition and Health: Micronutrients and Malnutrition? That is the other course in the Food, Nutrition and Health Professional Certificate Program. To explore other learning opportunities about nutrition, have a look at the courses:
- Introduction to the field of food and nutrition
- Composition of foods
- Basic chemistry of carbohydrates, fat and protein
- How macronutrients are absorbed, stored and metabolized
- How macronutrients may impact health
- How to better weigh and interpret the information overload about nutrition and health
Dr. Sander Kersten is Full Professor in the Division of Human Nutrition at Wageningen University and holds an adjunct professorship in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. He received his MSc in Human Nutrition from Wageningen University in 1993 and his PhD from Cornell University in 1997.
- Kersten S. (2104) Physiological regulation of lipoprotein lipase. Biochim. Biophys. Acta. 1841:919-33.
- Stienstra R, Dijk W, Beek L, Jansen H, Heemskerk M, Houtkooper R, Denis S, van Harmelen V, Willems van Dijk K, Tack CJ, Kersten S. (2014) Mannose Binding Lectin is required for the effective clearance of apoptotic cells by adipose tissue macrophages during obesity. Diabetes. 63:4143-53.
- Catoire M, Alex S, Paraskevopulos N, Mattijssen F, Schaart G, Kneppers A, Evers - van Gogh I, Mensink M, Voshol PJ, Olivecrona G, Tan NS, Hesselink MKC, Berbée JF, Rensen PCN, Kalkhoven E, Schrauwen P, Kersten S. (2014) The fatty acid inducible ANGPTL4 governs the lipid metabolic response to acute exercise. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 111:E1043-52.
- Mattijssen F, Alex S, Swarts HJ, Groen AK, van Schothorst EM, Kersten S. (2014) Angptl4 serves as endogenous inhibitor of intestinal lipid digestion. Molecular Metabolism. 3:135-44.
- Lichtenstein L, Mattijssen F, de Wit NJ, Georgiadi A, Hooiveld NJ, van der Meer R, He Y, Qi L, Koster A, Tamsma JT, Tan NS, Müller M, Kersten S. (2010) Angptl4 protects against severe pro-inflammatory effects of dietary saturated fat by inhibiting uptake of fatty acids in mesenteric lymph node macrophages. Cell Metabolism. 12:580-92.