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.
Please note this course runs without facilitation. The Educators won’t be able to join the discussions themselves or respond to individual comments, but the course encourages a strong learning community. The learning is focused around debate and discussion – supporting other learners, sharing your own experience and knowledge, and listening to new perspectives. We hope that you will enjoy interacting with and learning from each other in this way. Don’t forget to comment, reply to other learners and ‘like’ comments.
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
Duration & Dates
Audience & Eligibility
Anyone interested in diet, psychology, health and ‘superfoods’.
You don’t need any previous experience.
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Structure & Modules
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?