Food and drink are two of the prerequisites for human survival. A diet comprising an adequate intake of energy and nutrients is a basic requirement for physical survival.
In the Centre for Nutrition we undertake research in the following specific fields related to food and beverages:
- Nutrition, health and prevention
- Eating habits of distinct population groups
- Composition of foods
- Social and cultural aspects of eating and drinking in everyday life
- Eating and drinking in institutional and catering environments
The aim is to examine the nutritional needs of various population groups using appropriate methods, thereby gaining knowledge which leads to the development of foods and nutrition concepts for specific target groups of consumers. When undertaking the research, the entire value chain is taken into account.
Switzerland faces many significant challenges, such as changes in demographics and changes in consumer needs. Knowledge of the relationships between nutrition and health is therefore of increasing importance.
The focus of all the activities of the Centre for Nutrition - teaching, research and the provision of services - takes the above aspects into consideration.