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Nutrition humaine

academic year

Course teacher(s)

Carine DE VRIESE (Coordinator)

ECTS credits


Language(s) of instruction


Course content

The course develops biochemical and physico-chemical concepts (reactive oxygen species, vitamins, Maillard reaction, the contribution of the colonic microflora to digestion, dietary fibers, alteration and conservation of food, ...). It covers food law (HACCP, contaminants and food additives, ...), the systematic and the analysis of the key foods and phytonutrients.

Objectives (and/or specific learning outcomes)

The course is conceived as an introduction to the course of Nutrition. It develops the physico-chemical and biochemical notions useful for understanding the composition, cooking, alteration, preservation and digestion of food.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Required and corequired courses

Cours co-requis

Teaching methods and learning activities

The "ex cathedra" course will apply the concepts and physicochemical analytical methods seen in other courses to these various biological matrices to develop the composition, adulteration, additives and residues, and this, in order toprepare for the Nutrition course. The program of practical work focuses on analytical methods applied to foods, mainly to assess the nutritional qualities. It allows students to work in groups to analyze and compare their own foods (meat, vegetables, fats, sweets, ...).

References, bibliography, and recommended reading

Kirk R.S., Sawyer R. (1991) "Pearson's composition and analysis of foods", Longman Scientific et Technical, Harlow, England. Belitz H.-D., Grosch W.(1999) "Food Chemistry", Springer,Berlin, Germany Mazza G.(1998)"Functional Foods" , Technomic, Lancaster, England

Other information


Campus Plaine Bât. B-C, niveau 6, local 109 CP 205/9, Bd du Triomphe 1050 Bruxelles.


Method(s) of evaluation

  • Other


Course: Written test. Laboratory work: Assessment of group work and individual control of the knowledge on concepts taught in the laboratory.

Language(s) of evaluation

  • french