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About the 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 7, 2021

this course changed my view on healthy eating and also instilled healthy cooking habits in me! I absolutely oved the simple , delicious and healthy recipes! definitely trying them out ! Thank you Maya


Aug 26, 2019

Very informative and useful. I'm from India and I look forward to study more about nutritional values of different foods. This course gave me a head-start and information to pursue my goal. Thank You!

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Jun 29, 2020

I'm interested in the question of how we can be healthy with food. When I saw this course, I enrolled immediately. The lessons are very useful because images and videos are informative to learn beginner level. However, the course needed to be developed because I could not see more scientific information or data. Thank you :)

By Ay T

Oct 20, 2021

Very helpful, I learned a lot and am much more aware when in the grocery store. However, I have been looking for, and not yet found, someone who teaches how to eat well WITHOUT COOKING! Not everyone in the world can cook, or wants to, or has a kitchen. This course spends a large amount of time on cooking, which was wasted.


Dec 30, 2016

The course is very well managed and so informative from basic knowledge about foods and its nutrition then takes us a very fundamental but bold about nutrition and health. For those who does not like to read lot of books to come up with a simple and quick idea about how to have a health eating, this is a recommended one.

By Teja S

Jan 20, 2021

The course was really helpful and I really appreciate the platform for sharing such knowledge for free. Hope the platform provides which much more content that people could learn and I sincerely thank you for your content. It's very helpful for widening my thoughts and knowing much more about the world around me and me.

By Hannah B

Jan 14, 2023

The instructor was clear, concise, and easy to follow. The information was informative and presented well. The one thing that bothered me was when the instructor took us into her kitchen and made all these recipes with eggs and butter, not a single fully plant dish was made even though it was highlighted as optimal.

By Lesly F

May 27, 2020

Este curso brinda información valiosa sobre la alimentación de las personas y como influye esto en la salud. Así mismo brindan consejos basados en evidencia científica para poder seguir una dieta balanceada. Lo que más me gustó fue que incluyeron algunas recetas de platos novedosos y prácticos para realizar en casa.

By Fabian H

Aug 11, 2016

Interesting topic and very good information

Not enough content (my opinion)

Tests where way to easy, I could take them all without first watching the videos, and my grade ist above 90%. The questions are (espacially in Week 3 and 4) easy to solve with logic and a basic intelligence. Please work on making it harder! :)

By Cassandra M O

Jun 22, 2022

This is a good course to help any individal eat for good health. However. With the practical cooking lessons with Maya, sugar is used in almost all the dishes. For an obesed person using sugar this much I think is a downside to the practicals. adding sugar to make these nice dishes should be optional. My thoughts.

By Marwa E

Mar 11, 2017

Simple and practical

I really enjoyed this course and how it managed to focus on the beauty and enjoyment of food as a main point in making healthier choices when it comes to diet. I only hope there is another follow up more in-depth course with more information on micro-nutrients and hormonal influence on obesity.

By Jeyana M

Jan 19, 2016

In general, this course is great! Thank you so much for it.

Great lectures, great videos, animations and slides.

One thing I didn't like is the assumption, that cooking at home will do so much help in slowing down the obesity epidemic. Here in Ukraine most of us don't eat out, but obesity is prevalent nevertheless.

By Bhim R M S

Feb 2, 2020

Ever since I learnt about healthy eating, I became very captivated with the topic. I was very curious and my how food affects our health and how we can protect ourselves by eating right. This course has enlightened me about the various aspects that we have to consider when choosing what we eat and how we eat it.

By Victor H L B

Apr 21, 2021

La información es relevante, con un lenguaje de fácil comprensión interesante y vital para transformar los niveles de bienestar de las personas. Valdría la pena desarrollar niveles de aprendizaje, donde se pueda capacitar facilitadores en todo el mundo que puedan convertir los cursos en talleres de aprendizaje.

By daniel h

May 2, 2018

A good way to start your research into what food is, what you can do with it and how food works in your everyday life. The videos are informative however lacking charisma to keep the student entertained.... This may not be a negative. This is about facts and Standford provides a good base to start from.


By Thomas R

Apr 26, 2018

Thorough and engaging look at the fundamentals of nutrition and healthy food choices. Excellent resource for anyone who wants to understand the basics of a healthy diet and productive sustainable food choices. Engaging videos and the demonstrations of recipes are particularly nice touch. Thoroughly enjoyed.

By Borja T

Jan 18, 2016

Could be added more technical question, but I understand that the course is trying to reach as much people as possible.

However explaining a bit more details about minerals, which was not mention, would be good. Extending to flavonoids and some other stuff which most poeple is unaware would be interesting.

By Mahima C

Mar 16, 2023

I have always been keen interested to the science behind food that we daily consume. This course helped me to broaden my knowledge and learning food habits that should be incorporated in our diet in order to lead healthy life. I hope these knowledges will help me to lead a better healthy life in future.

By Александра М

Sep 23, 2022

it's a wonderful basic course for people, who have a goal to change their food habits and their life. There are really useful information about products and nutrients, some life hacks and recipes. But ist too booring for health-workers or biologist, because of basic level. I hope, "to be continuend" (:

By Reem N

Jun 29, 2020

An interesting basic course with explanations about nutrients, calories, plant-based diets etc. I think I had expected more details and a more rigorous course but I see now that this is aimed at people who may have limited to no knowledge about these issues. Very good course, nonetheless. Thank you.


Feb 11, 2020

i have learned so many things about food , how to do groserry shopping . i learned that we should more depend on natural food rather than highly processsd food we should eat plant food rather than having meat, and some other supplements that are available in market eassily we must ahave more organic

By Alison O C B

Jun 26, 2020

I really liked it, but it's very basic, and as I'm a first-year nutrition student in college, I should had taken on a harder course that would bring me some knowledge I didn't already know. Regardless of that, it's a very good course for someone who doesn't know anything about health and nutrition.

By Kirsten K

Apr 25, 2021

I like the first 4 weeks a lot but the the week with all the recipes, I did not personally need the cooking workshop, as I am a competent cook. Saying that they look like good recipes and would definitely be very helpful for someone who is not as confident or has not done much home cooking.

By Jose C

May 8, 2020

I appreciated the insights and recommendations from both Dr. Adams and Michael Pollan. We do overeat in this country but it is so difficult to eat the right way when fresh organic fruits and veggies are SO incredibly expensive and fast food and junk food so cheap. Thanx for this perspective.

By Juan P A

Aug 22, 2022

It's clearly well produced and i realy liked the wey they comunicate the ideas.t The only thing against it is that it seemed aimed at the average American who knows absolutely nothing about food. It would be good to clarify it before starting the course. Anyway I am grateful to the creators!

By Ubayd R

Oct 19, 2020

Its been a great journey of learning and experiencing true knowledge about how food and nutrition affect our health and whats the role of food in your lifestyle and fitness. Overall its been a great course i would definitely recommend people to must do this course for a better understanding.

By Bridget L

Aug 12, 2021

Very nice course and very informative! The videos were well thought out and professional. The course was really short (could be good or bad depending on why you want to take it). The last week was just recipes which was a bit annoying but I like that it put the concepts into the real world.