A detailed study of the science of food and its effect on human biology. The course is structured around the six major nutrient classes–carbohydrates, lipids, protein, vitamins, minerals, water. The action and interaction of these substances are explored in relation to health and disease. In addition, students examine the processing of these nutrients by the body including digestion, absorption, metabolic pathways, and excretion. Menu planning is also discussed as is weight control and fitness.