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Stanford Introduction to Food and Health

Around the world, we find ourselves facing global epidemics of obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and other predominantly diet-related diseases. To address these public health crises, we urgently need to explore innovative strategies for promoting healthful eating. There is strong evidence that global increases in the consumption of heavily processed foods, coupled with cultural shifts away from the preparation of food in the home, have contributed to high rates of preventable, chronic disease. In this course, learners will be given the information and practical skills they need to begin optimizing the way they eat. This course will shift the focus away from reductionist discussions about nutrients and move, instead, towards practical discussions about real food and the environment in which we consume it. By the end of this course, learners should have the tools they need to distinguish between foods that will support their health and those that threaten it. In addition, we will present a compelling rationale for a return to simple home cooking, an integral part of our efforts to live longer, healthier lives. View the trailer for the course here:

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Stanford University

Rating 4.6 based on 1,923 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 1 hour/week
Starts May 6 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $39
From Stanford University via Coursera
Instructor Maya Adam, MD
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Science Personal Development
Tags Life Sciences Medicine And Healthcare Nutrition

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food and health in 71 reviews

A good course to learn about food and health, how to prevent or remove obesity by Very basic course.

A great introduction to the topic of food and health, a very well-rounded course, excellently delivered.

Very basic information, great if this is your first time learning about food and health, but if you've ever read a Michael Pollin book on the subject of food, no new information.

Great introduction to food and health and gives a good foundation to start making healthier changes.

Very much knowledgeable, learnt so many things about food and health.

fascinating course Excellent, well-rounded introduction to food and health.

It was a perfect explanation of food and health and how we should approach food in our daily lives.

I am yet to learn a lot in health but this course provided me with a sound platform to make a start in such a vast field of food and health.

excelente curso in 15 reviews

great course , very informative even though it is so simple , great combination with the soundtracks Great job thank you good info ¡Excelente curso!

Es un excelente curso introductorio al mundo de la Salud y la alimentación Very informative!!!

Excelente curso!

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Es un excelente curso Waste of time...

Excelente curso ever I loved it!

great course Excelente curso its very useful course for maitain our health with health food and by eating habbits Excellent course for general awareness and mastering self maintenance of health and healthy eating habits I like the concise context with clear explanation I really enjoyed this course.

everyone should take it Excelente curso!

common sense in 14 reviews

Encourages common sense and scientifically backed healthy eating habits.

Great course Started with nice informations then became really easy and common sense.

This is a nice course for a reminder about common sense human nutrition.

A lot of the information was common sense.

A simple course filled with a lot of common sense while backing up the claims with some science.

Good refresher for those who already are familiar with common sense eating and Michael Pollan.

I learned some of the scientific terms and bodily processes behind the common sense knowledge I had.

Simple clear guidelines that follow common sense and science.

highly recommended in 13 reviews

Highly recommended.

Highly recommended for anyone who just wants a better understanding of food.

:-) Highly recommended.

This is super simple to understand and highly recommended to those who may have a beginning desire to be healthy and happy.

The course is too basic for those in the field, but is highly recommended for the general public.

Highly recommended course.

Highly recommended!

Highly recommended for all of you!

gluten free in 8 reviews

The cooking videos with the gal and her kids are actually adorable, and had some cool gluten free recipes associated with them.

I wished there were more main meal recipes rather than recipes to cook all your favorite desserts in a gluten free way.

My must try is going to be ricotta cake and i also love the fact that the recipes will assist to those who are gluten free as well.

It was good to see gluten free recipes but they need adapting for egg intolerance.

I was disappointed that all the recipes at the end were gluten free, even though very few people need to avoid gluten Love this course.

I really enjoyed this course - the recipes at the end are very nice, even though, gluten free is rather unnecessary, as only a very (very) small group of people actually need gluten free diets.

After all the things said, at the end the first video was about pancakes (nvm they were gluten free) good overview of the basics for people who want to improve their health (and don't realize that the standard American diet is making them sick).

Would have been nice if one week would have been dedicated to some myths, like the protein shake or gluten free diets which are very much debated.

stanford university in 8 reviews

i had learnt the introduction to food and health.i liked the way of presentation of course.content and quality of this course by stanford university is excellent .thanks to coursera & stanford for this high quality online course material.

Stanford University is the best!

Thank you STANFORD UNIVERSITY for this very helpful course , especially to the lecturer's.

Thanks a lot to Maya Adams Mam and Stanford University for designing such a wonderful course.

This course was much more useful than the things i was thinking abut that, thanks to Stanford University and the teams Excellent Brilliant introduction to food and health.

Very disappointing to see such a basic course being offered by big names as Stanford University.

Thank you Stanford University, I wish you had more courses like this, just with a bit higher level of difficulty.

Congrats Stanford University more courses like this one.


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Stanford University

Rating 4.6 based on 1,923 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 1 hour/week
Starts May 6 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $39
From Stanford University via Coursera
Instructor Maya Adam, MD
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Science Personal Development
Tags Life Sciences Medicine And Healthcare Nutrition

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