Food for Thought

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Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley, are just some of the schools that you have at your fingertips with edX. Through massive open online courses (MOOCs) from the world's best universities, you can develop your knowledge in literature, math, history, food and nutrition, and more. These online classes are taught by highly-regarded experts in the field. If you take a class on computer science through Harvard, you may be taught by David J. Malan, a senior lecturer on computer science at Harvard University for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. But there's not just one professor - you have access to the entire teaching staff, allowing you to receive feedback on assignments straight from the experts. Pursue a Verified Certificate to document your achievements and use your coursework for job and school applications, promotions, and more. EdX also works with top universities to conduct research, allowing them to learn more about learning. Using their findings, edX is able to provide students with the best and most effective courses, constantly enhancing the student experience.

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Eating well and understanding the nuances of food has become a complicated and often confusing experience. Virtually every day brings news about some “miracle food” that we should be consuming or some "poison" we should be avoiding. One day it's tomatoes to prevent cancer, then flaxseed against heart disease or soybeans for menopause. At the same time, we are warned about trans fats, genetically modified foods, aspartame and MSG. Dietary supplements are often touted as the key to health or a factor in morbidity. According to some, dairy products are indispensable while others urge us to avoid them. The same goes for meat, wheat and soy; the list goes on.

This course will shed light on the molecules that constitute our macro and micronutrients and will attempt to clarify a number of the food issues using the most relevant, up-to-date science available. Other topics to be presented will include the diet-cancer relationship, the link...

Eating well and understanding the nuances of food has become a complicated and often confusing experience. Virtually every day brings news about some “miracle food” that we should be consuming or some "poison" we should be avoiding. One day it's tomatoes to prevent cancer, then flaxseed against heart disease or soybeans for menopause. At the same time, we are warned about trans fats, genetically modified foods, aspartame and MSG. Dietary supplements are often touted as the key to health or a factor in morbidity. According to some, dairy products are indispensable while others urge us to avoid them. The same goes for meat, wheat and soy; the list goes on.

This course will shed light on the molecules that constitute our macro and micronutrients and will attempt to clarify a number of the food issues using the most relevant, up-to-date science available. Other topics to be presented will include the diet-cancer relationship, the link between diet and cardiovascular disease, food-borne illnesses, food additives and weight control.

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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 11 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. My chemistry background was many years ago which worried me initially in signing up for the class but it turned out to be no problem; the instructors made the "scientific" part easy for us to understand. The content was excellent and I learned a lot about certain topics such as vitamins and minerals which are confusing in the media. Everything was well organized into topical segments and the instructors were interesting. Well worth taking.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 11 months ago
Its really good. Heard about it, so thought of taking this course. Im really interested to complete this and have a knowledge about it.
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Jayne Grant

9/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 3 months ago
I really enjoyed the content of this course. I appreciate the open view of all topics ( I will disagree on the topic of GMO). All educators were engaging and entertaining. Thank you
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 1 month ago
By far it was the most information, interesting and fun MOOC I have taken. Would recommend it to anyone that is interested in the sense and chemistry of food and not the nonsense some of little to no knowledge spread around the internet.
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Igor Kleiner

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 3 months ago
Wonderful course - interesting examples, important topics. Critical thinking. Humor and many other.
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10/10 stars
3 years, 3 months ago
excellent course. Very important and interesting material. Scientific proven examples. Only one disappointment - two instructors are wonderful and one in not very good
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 4 months ago
I completed this course mostly after it was archived. I like that they incorporated a lot of history about nutrition to give the present climate some context. This course is good if you want to understand some of the molecular components of nutrients, how they interact with your body, and also bigger issues like diet and disease.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 6 months ago
I cannot post it until 100 words, so repeating the same question- How can I take this class now? I really want to take this course. Thanks! How can I take this class now? I really want to take this course. How can I take this class now? I really want to take this course. How can I take this class now? I really want to take this course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
This was the best course I enrolled. Totally changed my perspective about nutrition. Every video is very entertaining and informative. This course is not your basic nutrition 101. It teaches a lot of things about food that you would hardly get anywhere.
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7/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 8 months ago
Great course! Enjoyed the lectures - good pace and lots of interesting information! Could be a little more structured, but easy to follow for the most part. 13/10 would recommend
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Martin Lewis

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 8 months ago
This course is amazing. There is no better way to put it. The knowledge it provides is invaluable and cannot be found in this easy-to-digest format anywhere else on the web. The content of the course is excellent. It is presented in a very intriguing and funny way, which will keep your interest throughout the sessions. The tests are challenging and you will learn A LOT by the end of the course. I highly recommend it if you are interested in nutrition and health and want to discern sense from nonsense.
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kol Luedtke

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
The instructors of this course were very good as was the content. The instructors keep a decent pace and provide information to motivate thought and memory.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 6 months ago
I liked very much and I am willing to do it again next time it opens.
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9/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 7 months ago
As a food technology student, I didn't really expect to learn a lot from this course, mainly English version of all that I already know (it's my second language). But the course taught me a lot! I especially enjoyed tons of examples from peer-reviewed literature (and a list of references at the end of each lecture). The only part, that I didn't really like and would like to improve, are assignments that were too easy. By that, I mean it was enough to contribute to the map, tick a box and 100% done.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 7 months ago
This is a great course, providing wide-ranging and detailed information on the relationship between food and health. The course gives good insight into scientific methodology in the area of food, clarifying (or revealing) a lot of grey areas and thereby dispelling a number of myths. I found the structure of the course very clear and easy to follow. In addition, the lecturers' strong scientific background is underplayed in the lectures, making all of the talks very accessible and often very humorous. The demands the course makes on participants time is not excessive, and the course offers good value for time spent on it. In addition, the discussion boards are fascinating as the majority of people who post there have an long-standing interest in healthy food and share some interesting stories and information. The questions posed provoke good discussion too.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 8 months ago
Learned a ton about a wide scope of food related topics. The only issue I have is that sometimes just random examples are given. I would like to see a more systematic summary of important facts, numbers, or studies at the end of each week, or at least a list of slides used. Better yet, have a searchable index of all the numbers/studies used, to better look up facts later.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 8 months ago
This course was taught by absolutely the best people in the field right now. What I liked in particular was the unbiased approach to every topic, and backing up claims with peer-reviewed research. It is very important to me that the general public start to better understand that peer-reviewed work is on average superior to non peer-reviewed work. It frustrates me when people dismiss peer-reviewed results by saying that peer-reviewed process doesn't guarantee authenticity. The delivery of the material is almost all verbal with some cartoons, but nothing special, so things can get dry - very powerpoint based presentation. I would've preferred some animations. The chemistry content is pretty watered down which makes the course pretty easy. I would like to see the assignment and tests become more rigorous. Too many questions are just asking for minute detail spoken during a particular lecture rather than deep understanding of the subject.
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4/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 10 months ago
CHEM181x: Food for Thought, has been one of the most enjoyable courses I have ever taken. My only complaint is that it is over - I greatly miss the
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 11 months ago
This class clears up so many nebulous topics about food. The professors cite scientific research to back up their subject matter. This class was excellent! As a physician, I learned many things that weren't covered in medical school. The material was covered in well-defined lectures, and the information is very up to date. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who is interested in understanding the science behind modern-day nutrition.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 11 months ago
This course is through EDX, the online MOOC source which offered Harvard's terrific Food Scienc course last year (which is no longer free but costs from 1,200 to 2,200 depending on whether it is being taken as an undergraduate course or a graduate course. Those of you who inscribed, congratulations on getting one heck of an education deal. If you want to follow this year's course your only option until Spring, when the sessions will be available on YouTube, is to read the summaries in Eater._ I started this one last year but dropped it, as the Food Science course ate my life. I will be restarting this year, having found it absolutely enlightening. Although it deals with nutrition as a basis with some truly informative information on world nutrition, food elements in nutrition (vitamins,etc) the most fascinating part is the continued investigation of scientific misinformation and food myths being propagated today with a spotlight on t... This course is through EDX, the online MOOC source which offered Harvard's terrific Food Scienc course last year (which is no longer free but costs from 1,200 to 2,200 depending on whether it is being taken as an undergraduate course or a graduate course. Those of you who inscribed, congratulations on getting one heck of an education deal. If you want to follow this year's course your only option until Spring, when the sessions will be available on YouTube, is to read the summaries in Eater._ I started this one last year but dropped it, as the Food Science course ate my life. I will be restarting this year, having found it absolutely enlightening. Although it deals with nutrition as a basis with some truly informative information on world nutrition, food elements in nutrition (vitamins,etc) the most fascinating part is the continued investigation of scientific misinformation and food myths being propagated today with a spotlight on the ways food science and research is misreported by even the best of publications for the greatest effect. I'll be taking it again. Anyone who wants to join me in the course I would love to work with, on line or in an occasional discussion group. I am taking it for credit, but auditing is much less time demanding. See you in class???
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10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 11 months ago
This course was well organized and very insightful. I only took this course as an audited course since I was unable to dedicate the required time to complete the assignments. Nevertheless, I learned a lot from this course. I specially gained knowledge on how to apply the knowledge on food science in practical situations.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 11 months ago
I loved the de-bunking that was done by the professors with regard to food/supplement myths. The information is credible and knowledgeable. I learned a great deal and would recommend this course to others. I looked forward to each week's lessons.
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9/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 12 months ago
The course has delivered on its promises spot on. Made me come back to its content often after the completion, to refresh my knowledge of healthy diet. It wasn't a thrilling educational process but a definitely solid portion of healthy facts.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years ago
This was such an excellent course. It taught me a remarkable amount about food/Chemistry in short order. It was "rigorous" as described. Very well done.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years ago
This course should interest anyone who cares about what they eat and wonders how their nutrition affects their health. The lectures are interesting with very important information. Some lectures are even entertaining, as well as informative (such as the lecture on wine). This is not a course that will answer all your questions about nutrition, because that is a task that can't be done. In fact, you might become more confused about what to do on certain fronts - as I did with the cholesterol question. The course teaches you that answers to questions in science are forever changing according to the latest research and scientific studies. The assignments in the course are meaningful and add to your understanding of the course material. The three tests require some thinking, instead of just being a parrot's repetition of the learned material. Bravo to the people who planned and executed this course - it was really fantastic.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years ago
Chem181x: Food for Thought was simply a wonderful course to take: incredibly well put together, with instructors who are both highly knowledgeable and very engaging. The course was a great fun to take and very useful in both everyday life and in terms of academic motivation. I took the course with my partner, and not only it helped us to turn our diet and lifestyle around, but also completely reaffirmed us in our decision to return to university as mature students and dedicate our lives to science. Big thanks to McGill and the whole Chem181x team!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 3 months ago
CHEM181x: Food for Thought, has been one of the most enjoyable courses I have ever taken. My only complaint is that it is over - I greatly miss the wonderful informative lectures given by the highly knowledgeable professors who injected such a great sense of fun into a highly complex and continually developing subject. I am going to be saving all the youtube lectures so that I can periodically review and enjoy them. I would most certainly like to do another course or repeat this one if the department decides to run another course in future years. Thank you to everyone at McGill who made this fantastic experience possible.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 2 months ago
This was my second MOOC and I have to say that I was fascinating with the organization of the lessons and the material that was covered till its beginning. Topics that were touched were broad but all were covered with rigorous and based on evidence information, and dressed with humor, irony and joy of teaching. Activities and homework were always creative and interactive and at the end of the course you were able to really follow your improvement in the areas that have been outlined.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 3 months ago
I first registered for this course as I saw it advertised in an alumni communication piece. I was interested in the subject and had taken other MOOCs from different organizations, some lightweight and some graduate levels that required lot of work. This course is top notch ! It appears casual at first, but do not be fooled! The amount of information communicated is staggering! The delivery by professors Schwartz, Harpp and Fenster is in itself fascinating on how they communicate the science serious content in a thoroughly enjoyable fashion. The only improvement would be to be able to download the slides presented during the lectures. Well done!
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8/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 10 months ago
Great course that covered both depth and breadth of food science in a short course which was quite a challenge. They had a problem with test grading because they were scoring you wrong for right answers because of bad program design for phrase grading (they really should just drop phrase grading, it doesn't work). This was frustrating and the only reason that I didn't give them a 5 out of 5.
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