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Now online: Explore the definition and impact of superfoods

How can we critically evaluate superfoods and their role in our diet?

Explore the definition and impact of superfoods .

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

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.

A flexible online course

This course is hosted on FutureLearn, and is accessible free of charge. Participants can learn at their own pace, at anytime, anywhere, either on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

92% of learners stated that they gained knowledge thanks to this course developed by University of Turin and University of Reading in collaboration with the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Superfoods: Myths and Truths” is 1 of 24 EIT Food online courses available all year round for consumers and citizens.

This course attracted 16,000+ learners from 90 countries to date. It is composed of 12 learning hours, broken down in 5 weeks.

 

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

EIT Food Education focuses on looking at ways to attract, develop and empower talent to help transform the food system into an innovative sector, one which produces healthy and sustainable food and is trusted by society. Adult educators and trainers play a crucial role in enabling such transformation.

Connection with EPALE targets

Since adult education plays a key role in sustainable development and promotes social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development by enabling positive conditions for empowering active citizens, EIT Food may support adult educators in this challenge. This course is a valuable tool for trainings and educational programmes on sustainability and citizenship.

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This blog post has been written by Vivien Bodereau, Education Programme Manager at EIT Food.

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