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 malnutrition.
In this course, Professor Sander Kersten from Wageningen University & Research will explain about the micronutrient (vitamins, minerals, and trace elements) content of foods. You will learn about their role in the body and their impact on our health. Moreover, this course will discuss how suboptimal nutrition may affect human health, with particular attention to malnutrition and global hunger. You will learn about strategies to improve and combat these problems of malnutrition. 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 mind set by learning to better weigh and interpret information about food, nutrition and health. to improve overall 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: Macronutrients and Overnutrition? That is the first 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 vitamins and minerals
- The role of vitamins and minerals in the body
- The Impact of malnutrition on global disease burden
- Nutritional strategies to improve nutritional status and combat malnutrition
- How to better weigh and interpret the information 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.
Dr. Alida Melse is Assistant Professor in the Division of Human Nutrition at Wageningen University. She received her MSc and PhD from Wageningen University 1997 and 2003, respectively.
- Proxy markers of serum retinol concentration, used alone and in combination, to assess population vitamin A status in Kenyan children: a cross-sectional study. Talsma EF, Verhoef H, Brouwer ID, Mburu-de Wagt AS, Hulshof P, Melse-Boonstra A. BMC Med. 2015 Feb 11;13(1):30. doi: 10.1186/s12916-014-0256-5.
- Zinc biofortification of rice in China: a simulation of zinc intake with different dietary patterns. Qin Y, Melse-Boonstra A, Yuan B, Pan X, Dai Y, Zhou M, Wegmueller R, Zhao J, Kok FJ, Shi Z. Nutrients. 2012 Jun;4(6):517-28.
- Sharply higher rates of iron deficiency in obese Mexican women and children are predicted by obesity-related inflammation rather than by differences in dietary iron intake. Cepeda-Lopez AC, Osendarp SJ, Melse-Boonstra A, Aeberli I, Gonzalez-Salazar F, Feskens E, Villalpando S, Zimmermann MB. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 May;93(5):975-83.
- Iodine deficiency in pregnancy, infancy and childhood and its consequences for brain development. Melse-Boonstra A, Jaiswal N. Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2010 Feb;24(1):29-38.
- A dual-isotope-labeling method of studying the bioavailability of hexaglutamyl folic acid relative to that of monoglutamyl folic acid in humans by using multiple orally administered low doses. Melse-Boonstra A, Verhoef P, West CE, van Rhijn JA, van Breemen RB, Lasaroms JJ, Garbis SD, Katan MB, Kok FJ. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Nov;84(5):1128-33.
Dr. Inge Brouwer is Associate Professor in the Division of Human Nutrition at Wageningen University. She received her MSc and PhD from Wageningen University 1986 and 1994, respectively.
- Talsma EF, Melse-Boonstra A, Kok B de, Mbera G, Mwangi AM, Brouwer ID. Biofortified cassava with pro-vitamin A is sensory and culturally acceptable for consumption by primary school children in Kenya. PLoS ONE 2013; 8(9):e73433.Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0073433
- Cercamondi CI, Icard-Verniere C, Egli IM, Vernay M, Hama F, Brouwer ID, Zeder C, Berger J, Hurrell R, Mouquet-River C. A Higher proportion of iron-rich leafy Vegetables in a typical Burkinabe maize meal does not increase the amount of iron absorbed in young women. J Nutr 2014; 144: 1394–1400
- Koreissi Y, Fanou-Fogny N, Moretti D, Schutz S, Dossa RAM, Egli I, Zimmermann MB, Brouwer ID. Dephytinization with intrinsic wheat phytase and iron fortification significantly increase iron absorption from fonio (Digitaria exilis) in West-African Women. PlosONE 2013; 8(10):e70613. Doi:10.1371/jounrla.pone.0070613 (IF 4.092, Q1)
- Chang S, Lingxia, Brouwer ID, Kok FJ, Yan H. Effect of iron deficiency anemia in pregnancy on child mental development in rural China. Peadiatrics 2013 (131);e755-763
- Macharia-Mutie CW, Omusundi AM, Mwai JM, Mwangi AM, Brouwer ID. Prevalence of inadequate iron intake and anemia could be considerably reduced by dietary diversification with grain amaranth or fortification with micronutrient powder containing NaFeEDTA among children in Kenya. Journal of Nutrition 2012; 142(9): 1756-63
Dr. Guido Hooiveld is Assistant Professor in the Division of Human Nutrition at Wageningen University. He received his MSc from Wageningen University in 1995 and his PhD from the University of Groningen in 2000.
Major Works Lange K, Hugenholtz F, Jonathan MC, Schols HA, Kleerebezem M, Smidt H, Müller M, Hooiveld GJEJ. Comparison of the effects of five dietary fibers on mucosal transcriptional profiles, and luminal microbiota composition and SCFA concentrations in murine colon. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2015 Apr 25. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201400597. Haenen D, Souza da Silva C, Zhang J, Koopmans SJ, Bosch G, Vervoort J, Gerrits WJ, Kemp B, Smidt H, Müller M, Hooiveld GJEJ. Resistant starch induces catabolic but suppresses immune and cell division pathways and changes the microbiome in the proximal colon of male pigs. J Nutr 2013;143(12):1889-98. Alex S, Lange K, Amolo T, Grinstead JS, Haakonsson AK, Szalowska E, Koppen A, Mudde K, Haenen D, Al-Lahham S, Roelofsen H, Houtman R, Burg B van der, Mandrup S, Bonvin AM, Kalkhoven E, Müller M, Hooiveld GJEJ, Kersten S. Short-chain fatty acids stimulate angiopoietin-like 4 synthesis in human colon adenocarcinoma cells by activating peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ. Mol Cell Biol 2013;33(7):1303-16. Haenen D, Zhang J, Souza da Silva C, Bosch G, Meer IM van der, Arkel J van, Borne JJ van den, Pérez Gutiérrez O, Smidt H, Kemp B, Müller M, Hooiveld GJEJ. A diet high in resistant starch modulates microbiota composition, SCFA concentrations, and gene expression in pig intestine. J Nutr 2013;143(3):274-83. Schwarz J, Tomé D, Baars A, Hooiveld GJEJ, Müller M. Dietary protein affects gene expression and prevents lipid accumulation in the liver in mice. PLoS One. 2012;7(10):e47303.