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 tau...
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
5 years, 2 months ago
I have taken many MOOCs, and this was the most fun of all of them This was a very informative and entertaining course. I enjoyed it a lot.
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5 years, 2 months ago
Great course, very well done, prepared and presented. Very detailed information explored. Take this course!
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5 years, 2 months ago
This was a great course. Very informative. There are a number of lectures but they are not overly long or taxing. The instructors are not dry and keep you interested in the topic. I truly enjoyed the sense of humor with which they approached the topics. The exercises not only encouraged the students to dig deeper in to the subject matter but were also fun. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in nutrition, food, and/or good health. I really hate to see it end.
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5 years, 3 months ago
There are many lectures to listen to in this course but they are well- presented, informative and interesting. The lecturers are amongst the best, they have a sense of humour and have prepared the course well. There are 10 assignments and 3 tests to complete after you listen to the lectures. The lecturers answer questions posed by the students on the discussion forum via a separate video and the teaching assistants provide active interaction in the discussions. I enjoyed this course and will recommend it to anyone interested to learn more about health and nutrition. Bonus for the foodies : there are 3 separate lectures on wine, cheese and chocolate !
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