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A Matter of Fat

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An online training course exploring fat in the foods we eat

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1.
Module 1 - What is fat and why do we need it?
60 minutes
This module looks at the what fat is and looks at what makes fat saturated, unsaturated or trans
2.
Module 2 - How much fat should we eat? How much fat do we eat?
60 minutes
This module looks at how much fat we should eat and we are currently eating
3.
Module 3- Fat and health: friend or foe?
60 minutes
This module looks at the relationship between fat and health
4.
Module 4 - Function in food: From cakes to salad dressings
60 minutes
This module looks at the function of fat in different foods
5.
Module 5 - Future of fat: reformulation?
60 minutes
This module looks at role of reformulation in the future of fat
6.
Module 6 - Special interest module: Sources of fats in healthy dietary patterns
60 minutes
This module looks at where fat fits in to healthy dietary patterns

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Course details

 

Fat is an essential nutrient in our diet but may often be thought about negatively and associated with words like obesity, cholesterol and heart disease. Yet the simple term ‘fat’, is in fact far from simple. Some fats are better than others for our health, and some foods high in fat can play a part in a healthy, balanced diet.

We are increasingly aware that healthy eating can reduce risk of diseases like obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Our understanding of how fat can be part of a ‘healthy diet’ is important.

This course is for those with an interest in nutrition and would be of particular use to those wanting to have a better understanding of fats in our diet. It is suitable for health professionals who may find an introduction or a refresher in this important area of nutrition useful. It will also be of interest to  those working in the food industry whether manufacturing, retail and catering.

This is a modular course that covers:

  • Module 1: What is fat and why do we need it?
  • Module 2: How much fat should we eat? How much fat do we eat?
  • Module 3: Fat and health: friend or foe?
  • Module 4: Function in food: from cakes to salad dressings
  • Module 5: Future of fat: reformulation?
  • Module 6: Special interest module: Sources of fats in healthy dietary patterns

In the first 2 modules the course covers at the basics of fat, then it moves to looking at fat recommendations and UK intakes. and the relationship of the dietary fats we consume with health. Next the course covers the use of fats in our food supply. Finally the course puts fat in the wider context of the dietary patterns we may consider for disease risk reduction.

Why not try our two quizzes below and preview one of our expert videos before you start the course:

Healthy Fats Quiz

The Big Fat Quiz

Dr Sarah Berry on cholesterol and heart health

This online course has been supported by a research grant awarded to King's College London by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation.

The food industry is crucial in developing the food products that can allow consumers to make healthier choices. The amount and type of fats that manufacturers use and the reformulation of foods to improve the fat profile of the foods we buy can impact on our health. This course has been supported through a grant awarded to the King's College London research project The health impact of industrial interesterification of dietary fats.

 

 

 

Certification details

At the end of this course you will receive a personalised certificate of completion from the British Nutrition Foundation.