This course deals with the chemistry of the basic nutrients, i.e., carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and water, and their role in the conservation of health. Metabolic pathways utilized for the assimilation of these nutrients are studied. Maintenance of good nutrition habits is discussed. Relationships between poor nutrition and diseases (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc.) are described. Information is presented to reinforce the idea that diet/nutrition is the most important health factor that individuals can control. Learning what comprises a healthy diet, and the selection of such a diet is essential to good health. So-called "new" nutrients and nutritional research developments are discussed. Natural medicines and alternative medicines are also described.