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edX: Nutrition and Health: Macronutrients and Overnutrition

 with  Sander Kersten

Food plays a central role in our society but few people actually understand what it does to our bodies. Learn more about nutrition and how our diet profoundly impacts our current and future health.This introductory nutrition course addresses the relationship between nutrition and human health with a focus on health problems related to overnutrition.

In this course, Professor Sander Kersten from Wageningen University will introduce you to the chemistry of the three macronutrients fat, carbohydrate and protein. You will learn how macronutrients are absorbed, stored, and metabolized for energy, and you will gain a contemporary view of how different types of fats, carbohydrates and proteins affect human health. Moreover, NUTR101x will cover energy homeostasis and the regulation of bodyweight, and provides ample coverage of the topic of obesity. Finally, the course will make you familiar with nutritional research and research methodologies.

No previous knowledge needed. By completing this course, you will have the necessary tools to better weigh and interpret the information overload about nutrition and health.

NUTR101x is part of the Nutrition - Food for Health XSeries of Wageningen University. To continue learning, check out Nutrition and Health Part 2, which focuses on malnutrition. 

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Cost Free Online Course
Pace Self Paced
Institution Wageningen University
Provider edX
Language English
Certificates $49 Certificate Available
Hours 6-8 hours a week
Calendar 53 weeks long
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Fundamental parts of the learning process in this course are the Peer Assessments and the Personal Food Quest, where you will look critically at your own eating habits and how they relate to your health, and apply your learning to correct and/or improve these habits. Read Review
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11 reviews for edX's Nutrition and Health: Macronutrients and Overnutrition

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
Msatanove is taking this course right now.
Sander Kersten really knows his stuff. His English is not perfect, but he is clear. And he has a quirky sense of humour. I particularly like that he presents a very balanced view of controversial subjects. This is a very good course for anybody wanting basics in nutrition science and some clarity around all the conflic Read More
Sander Kersten really knows his stuff. His English is not perfect, but he is clear. And he has a quirky sense of humour. I particularly like that he presents a very balanced view of controversial subjects. This is a very good course for anybody wanting basics in nutrition science and some clarity around all the conflicting information about nutrition. Also, both he and the TAs are far more active in the discussion forum than I've seen in any course so far (and I've taken or dabbled in a few), except perhaps Understanding the Brain from the U of Chicago, which also was very good. I like, too, that several weeks are opened at once, and it's possible to work ahead. I'm close to done with this course and thoroughly enjoying it.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
Elena Nunez completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I found this course extremely useful when you are trying to understand the basic concepts of nutrition and how your diet affects your health and general well-being. It also provides very valuable tools to analyze the enormous amount of information related to food, nutrition and health that is now available to the gen Read More
I found this course extremely useful when you are trying to understand the basic concepts of nutrition and how your diet affects your health and general well-being.

It also provides very valuable tools to analyze the enormous amount of information related to food, nutrition and health that is now available to the general public through the media, helping us to separate truth from uninformed and misleading conclusions.

On the other hand, Professor Sander's great sense of humor and an excellent team and great technological platform made me really enjoy this course
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
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Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I have learned so much about nutrition and how our body works, much more than I anticipated. I find it the right balance of pushing me and expecting me to do my own research. The language part is a little challenging yet there is some humour and an expectation that we should understand the information at the end, not j Read More
I have learned so much about nutrition and how our body works, much more than I anticipated. I find it the right balance of pushing me and expecting me to do my own research. The language part is a little challenging yet there is some humour and an expectation that we should understand the information at the end, not just know how to get the right answers on the test. I like that part. No dumbing down here.
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3 years ago
Maboroshi completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Nice course. The course content is elaborate and well-organized, combined with moderate reading materials and well-knit lectures. The quizzes are a bit of tricky with only one time trial allowed.
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