Fundamentals of food chemistry (2020/2021)

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Gianni Zoccatelli
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Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
teoria 5 I semestre Gianni Zoccatelli

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laboratorio 1 I semestre Gianni Zoccatelli

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to address General aspects of Food Chemistry, which relate to the different classes of substances that make up a food and how they interact with each other and are transformed by processing, starting from macro- and micro-nutrients, then passing to the molecules that characterize the organoleptic sphere. A substantial part will also cover the use of specific substances for technological purposes (eg food additives).
The various topics will be tackled in order to highlight possible food security issues that are increasingly relevant to both the producer and the consumer.
At the end of the course the student will be able to understand the rationale behind the composition of a food and will have the knowledge to analyze and evaluate the quality of the raw materials and the finished product according to the processing and conservation processes applied.

The proposed laboratory experiences (1 credit) are designed to give the student an overview of the main techniques used to analyze the quality of some of the major classes of molecules present in food: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and polyphenols.

Reference books
Activity Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
teoria Srinivasan Damodaran, Kirk L. Parkin, Owen R. Fennema Fennema's Food Chemistry (Food Science And Technology) (Edizione 4) CRC Press 2007
teoria Belitz HD, Grosch W, Schieberle P Food Chemistry Springer   978-3-540-69933-0
teoria T.P. Coultate La chimica degli alimenti Zanichelli  
teoria Mannina, Daglia, Ritieni La chimica e gli alimenti: nutrienti e aspetti nutraceutici CEA 2019 8808184943
teoria Patrizia Cappelli e Vanna Vannucchi Principi di chimica degli alimenti Zanichelli 2016 978-88-08-62123-8
laboratorio AA.VV. Current Protocols in Food Analytical Chemistry John Wiley and Sons Inc. 2001