Superfoods: Myths and Truths

Superfoods: Myths and Truths

What is a 'superfood'? What foods are 'superfoods'? What effect do they have on the body and society?

The course will focus on the relationship between food, brain and mind:

  • What is a superfood? What separates them from functional foods and similar food items
  • What molecules contained in superfoods can affect our body?
  • How can we critically evaluate superfoods and their role in our diet?
  • Are there dangers connected to superfoods intake?
  •  Can superfoods have a role in special diets?

Who should join the course

Anyone interested in diet, psychology, health and ‘superfoods’.


The course will have multiple runs in 2019 and 2020.  

Learning objectives and outcomes

Once completed, participants will 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; and
  • Describe some mechanisms through which superfoods can be beneficial for our health

How to join the course

This course is available on FutureLearn:


The following partners are involved in the project


Project lead

Alessandro Cicerale

University of Turin

Contact details

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