Over the course of the final four lessons of the Metabolic Disease Module, students will work together in groups to create a 15 minute presentation about a current nutritional topic of their choice. Each group member must speak to at least one of the following points with evidence supporting their nutritional claims:
- Nutritional value: How does the diet/supplement impact the macronutrient and calorie consumption?
- Digestion of food: How does the diet/supplement impact digestion and absorption?
- Metabolism – blood glucose homeostasis: How does the diet/supplement impact blood glucose homeostasis via the anabolism and metabolism of glucose, glycerol, triglycerides, and amino acids?
- Metabolism – organ systems: How does the diet/supplement impact the actions of the major organs involved in maintaining blood glucose levels? (Think fasting and feasting.)
- Caloric needs and body composition: How does the diet/supplement impact body composition or the efficiency of calorie absorption?
- Hunger and satiety signals and the reward pathway: How does the diet/supplement impact regulation of hunger and satiety signals and reward pathway triggers and memories?
- Experimental design and data interpretation: How is the diet/supplement claim supported? What types of studies have been completed, and what are the limitations of those study types? What types of bias and confounding variables should be considered?
- Paleo diet
- Pregnancy: Do and don’ts
- Muscle building supplements
- South Beach diet
- Adolescents: Do and don’ts
- Weight loss supplements
- Blood type diet
- Infants: Do and don’ts
- Other dietary supplements
- For an updated list of project topics click here
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