Introduction to Food and Health
This was another course taught on Coursera by the Maya Adam, MD of the Stanford University. It was very interesting to learn the effect of nutrition on health and weight. It was about how healthy real foods are. I loved it.
Stanford Food and Health
The overview text of the course says:
About this Course
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.
It was very interesting to learn that by just eating less processed foods a lot of chronic disease can be prevented and how cooking doesn’t have to be difficult. It wasn’t the most elaborate course, but certainly gave food for thought. It was fun to do.