Food and Nutrition

Family Studies @ Fraser

Why Study Food and Nutrition?

All of us must eat and drink to live, and do so daily to obtain the energy and nutrients we need for growth and health, and to enjoy the social and cultural experiences we strongly associate with food. However, many people in our society lack a factual understanding of healthy eating and instead believe false “science”, fad diets, and are mislead by dubious health claims. This is a growing concern as the world is facing an obesity epidemic and there is growing instances of diet related diseases. People are also becoming more concerned about a number of food related issues, including food safety, genetically modified foods and biotechnology, impact on the environment, globalization of food, and world hunger.


Courses Available @ Fraser

HFN 2O0 - Food and Nutrition

This course focuses on guidelines for making nutritious food choices. Students will investigate factors that influence food choices, including beliefs, attitudes, current trends, traditional eating patterns, food-marketing strategies, and individual needs. Students will also explore the environmental impact of a variety of food choices at the local and global level. The course provides students with opportunities to develop food-preparation skills and introduces them to the use of social science research methods in the area of food and nutrition.


There are many opportunities for experiential learning. Students will participate in food labs throughout the semester (everything from cookies, to pizza, to cupcakes) as well as menu planning challenges and healthy food product promotion.

HFC 3E0 - Food and Culture

This course focuses on the flavours, aromas, cooking techniques, foods, and cultural traditions of world cuisines. Students will demonstrate the ability to cook with ingredients and equipment from a range of cultures, describe food-related etiquette in a variety of countries and cultures, and explore ways in which Canadian food choices and traditions have been influenced by other cultures. Students will have opportunities to develop practical skills and apply research skills as they investigate foods and food practices from around the world.


This course is brand new at John Fraser. Students will participate in food labs through out the semester exploring foods from around the world. Other experiential learning opportunities will be provided.

HFA 4U0/4C0 - Nutrition and Health

This course examines the relationships between food, energy balance, and nutritional status; the nutritional needs of individuals at different stages of life; and the role of nutrition in health and disease. Students will evaluate nutrition-related trends and will determine how food choices can promote food security and environmental responsibility. Students will learn about healthy eating, expand their repertoire of food-preparation techniques, and develop their social science research skills by investigating issues related to nutrition and health.


Students will participate in food labs throughout the semester as well as present food science experiments (and make ice cream), make a can salsa, and compete again classmates in the Iron Chef competition.

HFL 4E0 - Food and Healthy Living

This course focuses on the fundamental food needs of young adults. Students will learn how to stock a kitchen, make nutritious food choices, and accommodate the food needs of others. Through a range of practical experiences, they will develop skills needed in food preparation for personal use and for employment in the food industry. They will also learn about dining etiquette in different contexts and about responsible consumer practices. Students will use social science research methods to investigate issues related to food preparation and nutrition.


This course is brand new at John Fraser. Students will participate in food labs through out the semester. There is also the potential for outreach in the community to promote food and healthy living.