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Lessons

Metabolism

METABOLISM: encompasses all chemical changes occurring in living organisms. What is a metabolic pathway? It describes a series of chemical reactions where something is either broken down from a large…

Basic Nutrition Principles

Nutrition is an ever-changing science and there are always new developments to observe. Certain basic biochemistry, which this section hopes to address does not however change, so by getting these…

Hydration

Water is a vital nutrient needed by the body on a daily basis and is absolutely essential to life. The body is made up of approximately 75% of water. Signs…

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins and minerals are known as micronutrients as they are required in smaller amounts. They are found in different concentrations in different foods. They are most common in vegetables and…

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are always carbon, oxygen and hydrogen containing molecules. They vary in structure and can be easily classified into simple carbohydrates or complex carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates are easily absorbed and…

Lipids (Fats)

Lipids come in three main forms: 1. Triglycerides (food & storage format) 2. Phospholipids 3. Sterols Fatty Acids are always defined by the degree of saturation, where more hydrogen bonds…

Protein

The main function of protein in the diet is to perform repair of body tissues and structures. They are also vital in the formation of enzymes and hormones. They can…

Interpreting Food Labels

Food labeling laws in South Africa are some of the best labelling laws in the world. Since 2010 the Department of Health instituted that all products produced or imported and…

Nutrition Facts and Fallacies

  Food Intolerances and Allergies Many people would assume intolerances and allergies mean the same thing, however they are in fact different. A food intolerance is an inability to eat…

Scope and Standards of Practice

This course will give you a very good basic grounding into nutritional science. By using these principals, you will be able to assist your client to use both exercise and…

Designing a Healthy Eating Nutrition Plan

Portion Control Portion control is essential to any healthy eating plan. Macronutrients should ideally be in the following proportions, always depending on an individual needs and requirements: Carbohydrates: 45 –…

Supplementation

Supplementation is a commonly debated topic but not everyone needs to be supplemented. A supplement is something added to something else in order to complete or enhance it. In the…

Nutritional Advice Portfolio Tasks

Please ensure that you complete all the lessons and quizzes which make up the Nutrition module prior to attempting the following tasks:   Task 14: Question: Research food pyramids for 3…