Food Chemistry Basics

This course teaches you those chemistry fundamentals you need to start applying food chemistry to food.

Tomatoes

Food is full of chemistry!

Ingredients react with each other, forming new structures, flavours and colours. The colour of a tomato, the flavour of vanilla extract and the structure of bread all involve chemistry!

Why take this course?

  • Have you always been curious about how your food works?
  • Did you never really have a lot of science education?
  • Or have those chemistry lessons been a long time ago?
  • Would you like to see how all that chemistry that you’re learning in school is actually going to be used/useful?

If yes, this course could be perfect for you!:

Sign up!

You will be asked to login or create an account if you don’t have one. Once you’re logged in, you’ll return back to this page and you can start below!

If you don’t see a button, you’re already signed up! Get started below or go to the main course page.

atom

We start by:

introducing atoms to you. Which are the most important atoms in food (no need to learn the whole periodic system by heart!)? Next we start building molecules from atoms, actual molecules that you’ll find everywhere in your food!

fatty acids in lard

We then dig into:

The most important common molecules in food: fats, proteins & carbohydrates. For one time you won’t get nutritional or diet advice when looking into these. Instead, we’ll focus on how they work and what they are!

FAQs

For who is this course?

This course is for beginners with limited (e.g. only a few classes in school) background in chemistry. For anyone who would like to learn more about how chemistry applies to food!

I am a chemist by training, will this training teach me something new?

In all honesty, probably not! This course focuses on those basics. However, if your chemistry expertise is focused on the field of inorganic chemistry there’s a chance the later sections focusing on food application may be of interest.

Can I find all this information on your FoodCrumbles.com blog?

Yes, a lot (not all) of this content is also published on our main website. However, it is spread around several articles. You will have to piece the articles together in the right order. This course brings it all together for a more holistic overview and is updated to provide a better learning experience. Also, we have quizzes to help you test your knowledge!

Do I have to take the quizzes?

You will not receive an official certificate of this course. As such, you are free to take the quizzes or not. We believe those quizzes really help to understand the material and prevent you from skimming through.

Sign up!

You will be asked to login or create an account if you don’t have one. Once you’re logged in, you’ll return back to this page, you can start below! Or go to the main course page.

If you don’t see a button, you’re already signed up! Get started below or go to the main course page.

test out ice cream science course