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Jul 17th 2017

Food as Medicine (FutureLearn)

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Explore the role of food in health. Apply nutrition science to guide you on using food as medicine for you and your family. This course introduces the concept of food as medicine. You will explore how food can be important both in preventative health and as an aid in the management of certain chronic diseases today, in the past and in the future.

You will also learn about what’s in food that gives it the potential to improve our health and how to recognise which types of foods are essential for health and wellbeing, and how food can play an important role in treating/preventing disease.



What topics will you cover?

- History of food as medicine

- Food and its role in prevention and treatment

- Macronutrients, micronutrients, phytochemicals and antioxidants

- Nutrition complexities and controversies, and the importance of evidence

- Food and the gut

- Food and the brain

- Foods, fertility and pregnancy

- Food and weight

- Food and our genome

- Public health nutrition guidelines


What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

- Describe what is meant by the term ‘food as medicine’ and list a number of examples of how foods have been used as medicine in the past.

- Identify how and which types of foods are essential for health and wellbeing, and play an important role in treating/preventing disease.

- Identify current evidenced based, nutrition related public health guidelines and apply these to improve personal eating habits and nutritional intake.

- Identify foods/components of food that have an effect on different body systems, weight and appetite, fertility and pregnancy, and the genome.


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