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State-of-the-art nutrition facilities

Nutrition labs

An image of the benches in the nutrition lab in Christchurch House on our Talbot Campus The nutrition lab in Christchurch House on our Talbot Campus

We have specialist nutrition labs at both the Talbot and Lansdowne campuses, which are home to state-of-the-art equipment to support practical teaching in nutrition, human physiology and food safety.

You will also have access to a well-equipped food processing and development unit and simulation skills facilities, giving you the opportunity to learn and improve your competency-based skills in nutrition assessment.

Our nutrition labs feature:

  • Soxhlet extractor – used to determine the fat content in food
  • Kjeldahl digestion apparatus – for determining the nitrogen (protein) in food
  • Bomb calorimeter – to allow you to measure the heat of combustion (calorific value) of food
  • Fitmate calorimeter – used for indirect calorimetry, the results of which can help you formulate individual nutrition plans
  • Microscopes – utilised for histology and microbiology
  • Nutritics – nutrient analysis computer software
  • Various models of food and an Eatwell plate that can be used for education in food portion size/control
  • Health promotion props, such as diabetic feed to visualise the effects of diabetes, and fat and muscle models
  • Models (test tubes) of fats, salt, sugar and fibre – these are used to visually demonstrate the amounts in the foods that we consume and are primarily used in weight-loss programmes.