Food, Xenobiotics and Health effect

Course Code :2026FBDBMW
Study domain:Environmental Science
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Nina Hermans
Douwina Bosscher
Harry Robberecht

3. Course contents *

Basic food science & nutrition:

-  Dietary recommended allowances of energy, macro-, micronutrients and dietary fibers;

-  Energy aspects of foods;

- Nutrients: macro- (proteins, carbohydrates and lipids), micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and dietary fibers; their interactions (e.g. bioavailability) and health effects (e.g. deficiencies, vegetarians).


Functional foods:

-  Definition, criteria and health aspects;

- Functional (‘bio-active’) compounds: e.g. ω -3/ ω -6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, isolated dietary fibre factions, probiotics, prebiotics, polyphenols, isoflavones, plant sterols and their health effects and risks;

-  Health claim regulations.


Food safety:

-  Food deterioration