Food Chemistry - Basics

Introducing you to the field of food chemistry

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.

This course gives you a basic understanding of food chemistry. In this course we'll introduce you to the basic concepts of food chemistry, such as:

  • What's food chemistry?
  • What are atoms?
  • What are molecules?
  • What are carbohydrates, proteins and fats?

This will give you a first framework for exploring food chemistry in more detail. Once you know this, you'll be ready to dive into chemical reactions and a lot more in-depth food chemistry.

Your Instructor


Hi there, it's Science Chef here. I'm an enthusiastic, though not incredibly good cook with a passion for science (I'm a trained scientist in food technology). One of the reasons I'm not a perfect cook: I keep on experimenting! I love baking bread (and pancakes and lots of other foods) and loving writing about my trials (and failures) on the blog foodcrumbles.com.

Class Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
As long as this course exists you'll have access! So no need to hurry. That said, we recommend to go through in just a few sessions since lectures build upon previous ones.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! Let us know you're unhappy and give us some tips on how to improve, that's how we learn and grow! Since the course is free :-), there's no need for a refund.
How long will it take to finish the course?
This will depend on your previous chemistry knowledge. Assuming you have very little chemistry knowledge you should be able to finish the course within 4 hours, of course, it is wise to return again later to re-fresh and check whether you've really understood. You're free to retake the quizzes as often as you want!

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