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Stanford Introduction to Food and Health, Stanford University

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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. View the trailer for the course here:

Top reviews


Oct 01, 2016

Extremely interesting course. I feel the material and videos were very easy to absorb and understand. I certainly would recommend this to anyone with an interest in food and how it affects our health.


Feb 25, 2019

It was very informative course. It could have more quizzes and assignments. The way things were explained in the course was quiet interesting. Keep it up!! course. I really like this way of education.

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By Bárbara Couto

May 25, 2019

Excelente até o momento.

By louise österlind

May 23, 2019

Good for basic but bias to ameria way of living

By Rajesh Kumar Verma

May 22, 2019

This course was highly informative, educative and eye opener. I enjoyed it and got highly benefitted from it.


May 21, 2019

informative and easy to follow

By Biswajeet Das

May 21, 2019

wonderful any one want to great knowledge should do this course from stanford....

By m poojitha

May 19, 2019


By Mohamed Afifi

May 19, 2019

There is more info that should be updates

By Stephany Reyes

May 18, 2019

I love this course. It teaches you the basis on healthy eating and it is really easy to understand.

Since I took it, I've been able to change the way I see food and starting eating clean and healthier. I do believe everyone should take a course about nutrition.

By Ana Isabel Vancini Aguiñaga

May 18, 2019

Es un curso muy práctico donde podemos analizar fácilmente los grupos de alimentos, creando conciencia para posteriormente crear un cambio en nuestra salud

By Elena Slabbekoorn

May 17, 2019

Really enjoyed all the information laid out very simply and was encouraging not judging.