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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 3,115 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 1 hour/week
Starts Jun 1 (in 5 days)
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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michael pollan in 33 reviews

gained a lot about making right food choices and much more Es un curso bastante básico pero útil para personas que se inician en temas nutricionales Maya Adams, MD and Michael Pollan have explained the rules of healthy food in such a simple and non-scientific way so that every one can understand the fundamentals.

Leaving me with more wiser choices of food rather than fretting over it It's really good to see Michael Pollan in many Q&A videos This course was well put together and easy to navigate though I came away less informed about nutrition than I was hoping to.

I appreciate this course, the quality of the videos, and the subject manner, however I felt that a lot of the material was drawn from an interview with Michael Pollan (why not just recommend reading his books, or seeing his wealth of documentaries on Netflix, such as "Cooked" and "In Defense of Food."

The information in the last three weeks was organized well but did not seem to be based on varied resources and scientific studies but rather on the information Michael Pollan presents in his books.

Maybe is a good idea explore more content because a lot of information is available free in the documentary "In defense of food" (Michael Pollan) also in these video lessons.

Enjoyed the interviews with Michael Pollan.

I also highly recommend reading Michael Pollan's books.

As someone who is familiar with Michael Pollan, (I'm a huge fan!

It felt like it was more for informing families struggling with nutrition than for informative education on health and food.The interview with Michael Pollan that was woven in to each lesson were the main reason to finish the course.

The other sections you could've gotten from a Michael Pollan book, or one of his documentaries.

A participação de Michael Pollan enriqueceu o curso!

I especially enjoyed the interviews with Michael Pollan.

Very interesting, useful Interesting course, with a very popular guest: Michael Pollan (Netflix, Cooked) A perfect - more scientific underlining of the documentation "Cooked".

Michael Pollan interviews are great.

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common sense in 20 reviews

Encourages common sense and scientifically backed healthy eating habits.

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

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.

very informative, engaging , and useful It's great for basic information, but it is very common sense, a little bit of more in depth information could be added A great course to establish a fundamental understanding of positive nutrition as well as integral steps that can be taken and implemented everyday to start a meanginfu I loved this class!

I would consider the majority of the content to be common sense.

Very basic course with lots of common sense.

Nicely done, with lots of common sense.

Most of the information in this course is common sense.

Much of it is common sense (or it should be - I'm guessing it's not for most people, especially americans).

I'd say even common sense.

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looking forward in 16 reviews

This is a very nice course providing you with basic understandings of nutrition and health Really enjoyed this course, and im looking forward to studying more of them.

Excellent course very insightful everything was explained in a very pleasant manner looking forward to taking another course sincerelySheila E Mack Basic but all encompassing.

I'm now looking forward to further improving my knowledge on nutrition by attending another course on a similar topic.

Looking forward to see more research on the way eat !

I am eager to learn more from her and looking forward to her next course!Adriana Bonorino de Aragão Excellent information to start a healthy diet!

looking forward to some constructive life changes Easy, quick and healthy!

Looking forward to more such courses in the future!

It was amazing learning... looking forward to many more chances.

Looking forward to trying the delicious recipes.

Thank you very much for the experience and looking forward to the 1st of July.

Looking forward to more courses on these subjets.

I am now looking forward to better other peoples lives through this course.

it an amazing course with a lot of tips very usefull, i really looking forward to continue doing more courses like this The course was very useful for improving my everyday nutrition by simply introducing small changes to cooking.

looking forward to more such courses Love this course, was well design for online learning thank you professor.

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day to day life in 7 reviews

Very helpful, in day to day life.Thanks It i the course you need when you are looking into the basics of healthy eating habits.

I took a lot of notes that I will use in my day to day life.

Highly informative and clears many misconceptions about food.Bottom line of the course: "Avoid processed foods" Worth not just learning , but apllying in day to day life!

Very good relevant information which can be implemented in our day to day life to see effective results.

Decent explanation and really emphasis on the difficulties we face in day to day life regarding food.

nyc course ,very helpful it is helpful and aware us about what is necessary in day to day life I love this course, Maya is a tremendous teacher; she has a lot of knowledge and explains the key elements in an easy way!

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cook at home in 9 reviews

In a lot of countries (especially across Asia), people do not cook at home but eat at food courts, which do not use processed food and are equally healthy than what we would cook at home.

Not really helpful if you already cook at home.

Made sure to cook at home very much more useful.

Videos are very clear and very well explained... Nice animations, graphs, ... definitely a great piece of work.However, I have to say that I expected more content/theory on food and health inside our body rather than general advises on how to cook at home.

We cook at home on a regular basis, so we are in control of what we eat.

I can't agree more with the propose and solution inside this course: make time to cook at home and maximize the value of food.

I've started to take time to cook at home and even track my homemade food by using online food blog since last month.

But after this course I think I revise my findings and try to eat more healthy and cook at home.

The fact that they are empowering and encouraging people to cook at home and providing helpful guidelines and tips to help them is commendable.

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es un excelente curso in 5 reviews

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

Es un excelente curso Waste of time...

Es un excelente curso que te enseña como comer saludablemente de manera sencilla.

:) Es un excelente curso introductorio, fácil de entender y con información muy útil y práctica.

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dr. maya adam in 6 reviews

The videos provided by Dr. Maya Adam were extremely helpful to me.

In any case, I appreciate the work and efforts of Dr. Maya Adam for sharing her knowledge with passion and I thank everyone involved in making this course available to us.

Both the instructors were amazing, especially Dr. Maya Adam.

Dr. Maya Adam is extremely engaging...I also loved that she added videos/recipes that she incorporates at home to reinforce her teaching.

I really liked the teacher Dr. Maya Adam.

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wait to try in 6 reviews

I really love recipes in the end of course and I can't wait to try them.

I love all the recipes and I can't wait to try all of them.

I love cooking too I can't wait to try your recipes Maya!

Can't wait to try them!

Can't wait to try the recipes.

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our daily lives in 5 reviews

The material and the information are very up to date, and easy to apply our daily lives.

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

It's a really good introduction to food and health in our daily lives.

It offers a clear introduction to food and health, pretty easy to understand, and the suggestions are quite feasible in our daily lives.

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hoping for something in 5 reviews

I was hoping for something a little more scientific, but for anyone just starting on a healthy lifestyle, it would be great!

I was hoping for something a little more detailed.

I was hoping for something more advanced & was a bit disappointed.

I was hoping for something a little more technical.

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make healthier choices in 5 reviews

Quick course, informative for anyone who wants to understand American consumption patterns and how we can make healthier choices.

Don't expect to learn a lot about the physiology and chemical science of food, but has some great useful information for anyone looking to make healthier choices in their everyday li This was a very baseline introduction and basically a summary of Pollan's books and ideology.

A lot of great information that will help me make healthier choices!

I would recommend for everyone - great tool to inform people how to make healthier choices.

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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.

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.

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Stanford University

Rating 4.6 based on 3,115 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 1 hour/week
Starts Jun 1 (in 5 days)
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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