24234 - Human Nutrition

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Cesena
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Food Science and Technology (cod. 8531)

Learning outcomes

In the end of the course, the student has knowledge on:
1. bioactive components of food and their specific functions
2. functional foods and food supplements
3. the relationship between foods and human genoma (nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics and nutriepigenetics)
4. the EU regulation on nutritional and health claims

Course contents

1. Bioactive components of food and their specific functions 


Bioavailability of bioactives

Bioactives and health


Bioctive peptides

Prebiotics and probiotics

Other bioactives

2. The "new" foods: functional foods and food supplements 

Functional foods: definition, classification, role

Food supplements: definition, classification, role

3. Nutritional and health claims: the EU regulation

4. The relationship between foods and human genoma





  • Mariani Costantini A., Cannella C., Tomassi G. “Alimentazione e Nutrizione Umana” Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore

During the course, materials (slides, scientific articles, link to the internet websites, link to specific regulations) will be provided to facilitate the students.

Teaching methods

Ex-catedra lessons

During the lessons the importance and meaning of functional foods and food supplements, as carriers of nutrients and bioactive compounds, will be explained. The role of nutrients and bioactives in the oxidative stress and in the interaction with the human genome will be discussed, as well as the EU regulation concerning nutritional and health claims

Assessment methods

Success of learning outcomes will be assessed at the end of the course by an oral examination.

The exam (upon registration on almaesami website) consists of an oral examination (two questions) The final definition of the student preparation and capabilities is given in a score as a fraction of thirty (from 18/30 to 30/30 cum laude).


Teaching tools

Projector, PC, overhead projector. Laboratory for practical activities

Slides are played during ex catedra lessons, and they are provided to students before each lesson

Other material (free available on line) is indicated during lessons

Office hours

See the website of Alessandra Bordoni


Zero hunger Good health and well-being

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.