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Superfoods: Myths and Truths

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

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4 weeks

Weekly duration

3 hours


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This course is free for 3 weeks, from the moment you start.

About : Explore the definition and impact of superfoods.

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.

Advatanges :

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

Structure & Modules : What are you going to learn over 4 weeks?

Week 1: Introduction

  • Introduction to superfoods
  • Characteristics of (super) foods

Week 2: Nutrient content of superfoods and their alternatives

  • Superfoods and their alternatives
  • Gluten free diets and alternative grains

Week 3: A "super" class of molecules: flavonoids

  • Introduction to flavonoids
  • Flavonoid effects on brain and cognition

Week 4: Are superfoods always safe?

  • Other kinds of superfoods
  • Are superfoods always safe?

Partners : Where can you find this course?

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