Apr 23, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog
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SOC-3240 Nutrition, Food & Society

3 credits
Prerequisite(s): SOC-1040  or SOC-3080  or Permission of Instructor
What foods are considered healthy?  Which diets really work?  Is eating at McDonalds really bad for me?  Why won’t other countries buy Genetically Modified Foods?  Which fats are good to eat?  Is there a difference between high fructose syrup and cane sugar?  What does it mean if a food is labeled “organic” or “natural”?  What’s the big deal about grass fed versus corn fed cows?  This interdisciplinary course will explore the personal, social and biochemical role of nutrition in individual lives and the economic and political issues underlying food production, food choice and consequences for personal and environmental health.  The basic biochemical foundations of nutritional concepts for individual nutrition will be examined including the dietary reference intake (DRI) committee  recommendations for the RGA, AI, and UL for the energy yielding nutrients, viatmins and minerals.  Mainstream and alternative nutrition theories and current controversies will be explored througout the semester. Spring semesters



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