Nutrition and Dietetics

Base Knowledge

The CU aims to provide a comprehensive overview on the contribution of nutrition and dietetics in humans. It will provide theoretical and practical knowledge of the key processes involved in the issue of nutrition and dietetics.
The CU will be administered following other CU that address the chemical constitution of the food and also their origin and processing (ie Introduction to Food Technology, Food Chemistry, Food Biochemistry and General Food Processing). Thus, the integration of content from various CU will be effective and will contribute to the acquisition of new knowledge advocated in CU of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Teaching Methodologies

This Curricular Unit (CU) is structured based on an active pedagogical model, centered on the student, accessibility, information sharing and the construction and encouragement of critical thinking.

It is intended to promote interaction, the sharing of ideas and the joint construction of knowledge based on the plurality of experiences and knowledge. The classes are theoretical and practical, and practical activities will be preceded by an expository session and an explanation / demonstration of the task that the student intends to perform.

The syllabus is available in the NONIO platform and a respective notification to all students enrolled in the CU that the contents are already accessible will be sent.

Learning Results

The Curricular Unit (CU) aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the main aspects related to food, nutrition and dietetics. Being taught the course last semester, the CU will enable the integration of diverse knowledge, particularly on the chemical constitution and food processing. At the end of the CU, the student should have acquired the following competences:
1. Understands the food intake in its complexity and constant evolution.
2. Knows how to use the main anthropometric measurements.
3. Identifies and characterizes different groups of nutrients.
4. Understands the importance of food education.
5. Recognizes the value of nutrition and diet therapy at different stages of life.
6. Identifies differences between allergy and food intolerance and recognizes the main eating disorders.
7. Knows and applies the rules involved in nutrition labeling.
8. Understands the physiological benefits of consuming functional foods.


1. History and evolution of food and factors that determine food choice.
2.Concepts of basic human anatomy and physiology.
3. Concept of food, nutrition and nutrient.
3.1. Functions of nutrients.
3.2. Classification, sources, function and metabolism of various groups of nutrients.
4. Characterization of the main anthropometric measurements.
5. Food education and analysis of food education instruments.
6. Concept of diet therapy and dietetics.
7. Food and diet therapy at different stages and circumstances of life.
8. Allergies and food intolerances.
9. Major eating disorders.
10. Nutrition labeling: importance, implementation and legislation.
11. Functional foods. Interest in terms of physiological and nutritional point of view.

Curricular Unit Teachers

Grading Methods

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