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McGillX: CHEM181x: Food for Thought


Provider
edX

Price
Free

Type
University

Instructors
Unknown, Ariel Fenster, David N. Harpp, Joe Schwarcz, Unknown, Ariel Fenster, David N. Harpp, Joe Schwarcz

Categories
Chemistry, Physical Sciences, Food & Nutrition, Health

Duration
14 weeks

Format
Mixed

Language
English

Description
Eating and understanding the nuances of food has become a complicated and often confusing experience. Virtually every day brings news about some “miracle food” that we should be consuming or some "poison" we should be avoiding. One day it's tomatoes to prevent cancer, then flaxseed against heart disease or soybeans for menopause. At the same time we may be warned about trans fats, genetically modified foods, aspartame or MSG. Dietary supplements may be touted as the key to health or a factor in morbidity. According to some, dairy products are indispensable while others urge us to avoid them. The same goes for meat, wheat and soy; the list goes on. This course will shed light on the molecules that constitute our macro and micro nutrients and will attempt to clarify a number of the food issues using the best science available. Other topics to be presented will include the diet-cancer relationship, the link between diet and cardiovascular disease, food-borne illnesses, food additives and weight control.