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Superfoods: Myths and Truths

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  • EIT Food | Universita Degli Studi Di Torino via FutureLearn
  • Learn for FREE, Up-gradable
  • Length: 4 Weeks
  • Effort: 3 hours per week
  • 13,909+ already enrolled!
  • ★★★★★ (94 Ratings)
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Language: English 

What is a ‘superfood’? What foods are ‘superfoods’? What effect do they have on the body and society? Find out with this course.

Goji berries, quinoa, amaranth and green tea are all foods that have been labelled ‘superfoods’. But what does this superfood label actually mean?

On this course you will learn about the definition of a ‘superfood’. You will consider the biological, neuroscientific and social aspects of superfoods. Developing your critical abilities, you will also evaluate the impact of the superfood phenomenon on society and the economy.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

  • Explain what the “superfood” label means
  • Describe the role of superfoods and their alternatives in a healthy diet
  • Compare nutritional values of “superfoods” and some of their alternatives
  • Reflect on the social aspects of superfoods production
  • Describe some mechanisms through which superfoods can be beneficial for our health

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in diet, psychology, health and ‘superfoods’. You don’t need any previous experience.

The Educators won’t be able to join the discussions themselves or respond to individual comments, but the course encourages a strong learning community. The learning is focused around debate and discussion – supporting other learners, sharing your own experience and knowledge, and listening to new perspectives. We hope that you will enjoy interacting with and learning from each other in this way. Don’t forget to comment, reply to other learners and ‘like’ comments.

Syllabus

Week 1: Introduction to superfoods

Week 2: Nutrient content of superfoods and their alternatives

Week 3: A “super” class of molecules: flavonoidss

Week 4: Are superfoods always safe?

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