Nutrition and Health Part 1: Macronutrients and Overnutrition

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Food plays a central role in our society but few people actually understand what it does to our bodies. Learn more about nutrition and how our diet profoundly impacts our current and future health.This introductory nutrition course addresses the relationship between nutrition and human health with a focus on health problems related to overnutrition.

In this course, Professor Sander Kersten from Wageningen University will introduce you to the chemistry of the three macronutrients fat, carbohydrate and protein. You will learn how macronutrients are absorbed, stored, and metabolized for energy, and you will gain a contemporary view of how different types of fats, carbohydrates and proteins affect human health. Moreover, NUTR101x will cover energy homeostasis and the regulation of bodyweight, and provides ample coverage of the topic of obesity. Finally, the course will make you familiar with nutritional research and research meth...

Food plays a central role in our society but few people actually understand what it does to our bodies. Learn more about nutrition and how our diet profoundly impacts our current and future health.This introductory nutrition course addresses the relationship between nutrition and human health with a focus on health problems related to overnutrition.

In this course, Professor Sander Kersten from Wageningen University will introduce you to the chemistry of the three macronutrients fat, carbohydrate and protein. You will learn how macronutrients are absorbed, stored, and metabolized for energy, and you will gain a contemporary view of how different types of fats, carbohydrates and proteins affect human health. Moreover, NUTR101x will cover energy homeostasis and the regulation of bodyweight, and provides ample coverage of the topic of obesity. Finally, the course will make you familiar with nutritional research and research methodologies.

No previous knowledge needed. By completing this course, you will have the necessary tools to better weigh and interpret the information overload about nutrition and health.

NUTR101x is part of the Nutrition- Food for Health xSeries of Wageningen University. To continue learning, check out Nutrition and Health Part 2, which focuses on malnutrition. 

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8/10 starsTaking Now
6 years, 3 months ago
I think there was a incredible amount of content and work in this course.I do not believe this course is a beginner course at all, nor to its field. I think the recaps were a bit worthless to the overall course, not much provided in them. I also think that it is hard to pass the course with a high grade, as the information taught and the quizzes do not correlate.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 2 months ago
Excellent course, top quality material and well-thought-out presentation.
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Miss Beans

10/10 starsTaking Now
5 years, 6 months ago
Unequivocable the best resource out there for understanding Nutrition and its impacts on the human body. NEVER preachy, fact filled and engaging. The support from the team at Wageningen is fantastic, the dedication of the Professor is inspiring!
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Guillermo Castillo

10/10 starsTaking Now
5 years, 7 months ago
More that a review, it's a question I have about the Verified Certificate. At what point of the course should the option by applied? I mean do I have to pay for the Verified Certificate at the beginning of the course or can I opt for it half way through? If anyone can answer this question I'd really apreciate it.
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Ting Lan

10/10 starsTaking Now
5 years, 7 months ago
it's very useful for our lessons and daily life .So,as far as I am concerned the videos are sightworthy.
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1/10 starsTaking Now
5 years, 7 months ago
pile of post-chime. instructor verbally insulted my knowledge. I don't like this course. 0.2/10 would not take again. if I could insert the poo emoji I would.
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Eduard Munch

9/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 8 months ago
It was a pleasure to take your course. You could improve it even more if you could incluce more animations instead of the read through sections. For me personally I find it easier to keep things in mind that way and it would be way more convenient to learn the matter. Anyway it was a really great yourse of high quality and I enjoed to take part in it very much. Thanks for that! Eduard
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 9 months ago
Very recommended! This course is really enjoyable and provides me with complete information related to the topics. I'm looking forward to Part 2. Thank you Professor Kersten and his team.
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Riham Sarakibi

8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
The content was very beneficial and I didn't get bored at all reading the tests and watching the videos and animations, and the instructor was amazing.
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Umme Habiba

8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
It was an excellent course and obviously informative. It helped me a lot to know about Nutrition and Health. Looking for the next part!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 11 months ago
Not only high quality scientific content, but the notions you will learn are useful for your own health. Sander Kersten is a pleasant and very good instructor that fully take advantage of the peculiarities of MOOCs' way of teaching. In a few months after having taken this course I have lost 12 Kg of surplus fat, not by strictly following a diet but only thanks to the higher awareness about food composition: you will not look at your food with the same eyes :)
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fatima iqbal

8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
Very informative , animated videos helped alot in getting the concept saved all videos hoping to keep looking at those after sometimes
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Lewis Caroline

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
I found this course very interesting and enjoyable. I found the introduction to different study methodologies very useful and liked the chemistry and biology; I found these an excellent scientific basis for the MOOC. I also found it refreshing to hear flavour mentioned as an important consideration in meal development, which seems often overlooked.
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Joanne Sarisky

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
I took the course at the beginning of this year and thoroughly enjoyed it. I reviewed it again recently when the special sport module was offered. I am looking forward to the Nutrition Part 2 course as I was very impressed with the information, instructor and Provider for Part 1. Thank you for offering such interesting courses. I am from the U.S. and I am retired but I find this subject so interesting. I believe food is our medicine.
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Alex Garcia

5/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
This course is biased towards vegetarianism. Scientist have to learn to leave their baggage on the side and keep an open mind when it comes to analyze data. That is the Achilles tendon of the researchers, they will be prone to make their theories correct while avoiding the studies with opposite views.
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Elisha Hidalgo

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
The course provides updated lectures on the Science of Nutrition. I like the presentations as they made the lectures easier to understand. I wish I took this online course when I was still in college; it could've made it easier for me. I highly recommend this course.
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Andrea Caprio

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
I really enjoyed this course. It is very informative and relevant, well structured and even funny at times, the instructor is excellent and the material well presented. I highly recommend this course to anyone passionate about or interested in nutrition.
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Andrei Palamariu

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
It was an great source of learning and inspiration! I learned how human nutrition works in a well structured curriculum with clear explanations and videos. The instructor and his team did a great job in making the information easy to understand and easy to use. I highly recommend this course for anyone with a high curiosity towards nutrition and health :)
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9/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
Personally, I found the course to be extremely helpful for anyone who wants to gain a broader knowledge in nutrition. As a person who wants to pursue a future career in this field, I gained solid knowledge and understanding of the topic that I would definitely use. The only thing I regret is that I didn't go for a verified certificate because I enrolled at the end of the course and I wasn't sure I would gain a good grade. Anyway, the course itself was entertaining, had a great content, professor Sander Kersten was amazing and the learning methods were very good.
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Luz Hernandez

10/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
Learning was an enjoyable experience. While I struggle to learn the material I was delighted by the sense of humour and the amount of preparation for the video recaps. Thanks for lending me a sound base to understand the basis of human nutrition.
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Ibrahim Fouad

10/10 starsDropped
6 years ago
I would like to catch on study and join this course. if it will be repeated, when that will be ? I can see that the second part is available now but I would love to enroll in the 2 parts in a row
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 2 months ago
Very good course. Enthusiastically delivered by a knowledgable instructor. Contains a good level of detail delivered in an accessible manner. Even the technical sections are approachable and well delivered. Some comments on course talk suggest it is not a beginners course, I would agree that it is quite involved and exceeds a basic introductory course but it is certainly accessible to a beginner to the subject.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 1 month ago
Very thorough course on nutrition and its effect on our health. I'm very much looking forward to Part 2 in November! Some of the quiz questions I Googled/researched the question as I didn't recall the information being part of the course.
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6 years ago
This is a detailed course, that provides deep insight on how our body works during food consumption. It is a bit difficult, I have to say, but nevertheless you do learn a lot, understand how everything you eat influences everything else in your body. You'll learn a lot, maybe start taking better care of your health, and be in awe when you find out how complicated your body is. I was in total admiration for my organs, and all the micro particles that do a whole lotta work while I was completely ignorant of all that.
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Iván Bulgarelli

10/10 starsTaking Now
6 years, 1 month ago
The classes are very complete and useful. Also it’s part of a great experience for personal choices.
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Vivian Allen

10/10 starsTaking Now
6 years, 1 month ago
The course is very good , not only for beginners but also for those professional in related science fields. Of course, it is a little difficult to get the high score and pass the test. But any way, it is a good way to learn more. BTW, I just found that if I passed 60% of the score, the system will ask me to form a certificate. If I did that, the score could not be updated any more even I can get higher grades. The honored certificate is the same, but I just wonder whether the final grade would be updated later?
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8/10 starsTaking Now
6 years, 5 months ago
I've just completed the first week of content and find the subject matter very interesting. The information is presented in a clear way through diagrams and supporting text which is available for downloading for future reference. However, I found the first quiz a little confusing - why are there questions about the gallblader and which organ is the first to receive nutrients when, as far as I can see, these are not even mentioned in the content? Or have I simply missed an important component of the course? It seems like students are quizzed on matters that haven't been taught as yet. Otherwise, i'm enjoying the course so far.
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6 years, 4 months ago
This course is great if you're looking for a technical introduction to nutrition. If you're looking for tips or advice you can incorporate into your daily eating habits, it's less relevant.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 6 months ago
I'm passionately interested in nutrition and take every MOOC I can find on the topic. This one was outstanding. The material was presented clearly, in a balanced and unbiased fashion, and often with humour. The forums were especially interesting and useful, possibly because of active involvement on the part of the instructor and staff. Some students found the quizzes confusing, but these simply required a bit of analysis. I highly recommend this course!
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 6 months ago
I thought this course was excellent. The content was thorough and well presented. I liked that there were visuals presented via the animated videos. I liked the professor's sense of humor and it was clear he was really knowledgeable about nutrition and the issues surrounding nutrition. I especially liked the interviews with other nutrition experts who have been in the field for a long time. The peer assessment final exam was very well done and an important part of learning. The area where I would recommend making changes is in the quizzes and section exams. Many questions were awkward or ambiguous and it was hard to determine the correct answer. I suspect that these questions may have been created and written by someone whose first language was not English. Perhaps review and edit and make the questions and responses easy to read and understand. I'm a native English speaker and I struggled making sense of many of the questions. Thank... I thought this course was excellent. The content was thorough and well presented. I liked that there were visuals presented via the animated videos. I liked the professor's sense of humor and it was clear he was really knowledgeable about nutrition and the issues surrounding nutrition. I especially liked the interviews with other nutrition experts who have been in the field for a long time. The peer assessment final exam was very well done and an important part of learning. The area where I would recommend making changes is in the quizzes and section exams. Many questions were awkward or ambiguous and it was hard to determine the correct answer. I suspect that these questions may have been created and written by someone whose first language was not English. Perhaps review and edit and make the questions and responses easy to read and understand. I'm a native English speaker and I struggled making sense of many of the questions. Thanks for providing this important course!
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