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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


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.


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.

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2,419 Reviews

By Maite Córdova

Apr 18, 2019

I am very pleased with the information and the way it is presented. The lecturer explained it all in a very simple way, which is fantastic in every way. I think I learned a lot and I would definitely recommend this course to other people!

By Ahmed Mohsen Al Dawelah

Apr 18, 2019

very useful

By Belinda Frances Paine

Apr 16, 2019

The health course was inspirational and very informative. I really learnt a lot.

Thank you for the effort you put into making the course so successful.

By Imke van Genuchten

Apr 15, 2019

Nice and complete course

By Piotr Jastrząbek

Apr 14, 2019

The basics, but the basics many people do not know or are having problem with.


Apr 13, 2019

indeed the course is quite informative and would recommend to my friends as well. Thanks

By George Caminha-Maciel

Apr 12, 2019

Great course! Very well organized and produced.

Updated, simple and clear. I highly recommend.

By Sapna Malani

Apr 12, 2019

Great course for personal well being and to help the people around you!!!!

By Simon Shahin

Apr 12, 2019

Thanks a lot, Dr. Maya; the course has been very informative and mind-opening--it has also whetted my appetite to learn more about the topic.

Thanks and best of regards in your endeavours!

By Alexa

Apr 11, 2019

Easy and informative!