Jun 22, 2018
It was an amazing course that allowed for me to be much more conscious of what I was eating and pushed me to strive to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Overall, it was very entertaining and informative!
Oct 01, 2016
Extremely interesting course. I feel the material and videos were very easy to absorb and understand. I certainly would recommend this to anyone with an interest in food and how it affects our health.
von Juan J M•
Oct 23, 2019
Dynamic and complete but some topics were a little basic
von Herb C•
Oct 31, 2019
I heard a lot of "party line" statements and few truly scientific references. There was the dumming down comment about what "average people can pronounce". Well for of all "average people say "prah sessed" not "PRO sessed". Second that's just stupid. What other people can or cannot pronounce has nothing to do with health. In fact, learning how to pronounce the ingredients and looking up what they are is far more helpful. THAT would help people to learn what's in their food and how manufacturers hide things in the food. I was disappointed with the lack scientific reference and the arrogance of certainty presented. It really felt like a long commercial put on by the "vegetable lobby". There were some good tips but they were overshadowed by the emphasis on the non-scientific ones.
von EDITH V P•
Jan 11, 2019
The course is very clear, has really good information, in general everything was great until I finished the week 4, then the next day I wanted to follow with week 5 "cooking workshop" but I couldn't because the course was labeled as "finished" and now I cannot see the cooking videos, I can only see the videos for week 1 and the others are not available.
von Luke R•
Jan 13, 2019
Perhaps helpful for someone looking to change their western diet for health reasons. However, I wouldn't recommend this course for anyone feeling like they will gain a dense (even introductory) knowledge of the science within nutrition. The first week has some insight that was new to me, but everything after was just about how to change your diet, shop and eventually recipes.
von Jennifer B•
Feb 22, 2019
Extremely basic in content but professional in presentation. Frankly, I'm surprised that this is a Stanford course. I expected something less elementary.
Feb 11, 2019
Pleasant and informative but VERY simplistic which was surprising for a Stanford course; I was expecting more on the bio/chemistry of nutrition and digestion, but this was more of a cooking show...
von Chiara R•
Feb 02, 2019
Way to easy and too basic, can be completed in 1 or 2 hours.
Sep 05, 2018
Aside from the recipes presented in Week 5, the course is very general and in my opinion does not teach valuable information about nutrition.
The advices that were given concerning choices in nutrition are very basic and in my opinion they are common knowledge.
von Sebastian S•
May 12, 2018
Vegan propaganda and encourage you to eat shitty foods such as pasta. Can't believe it.
von Sylvia T•
Nov 03, 2017
This is, indeed, a very basic, introductory course. There are the usual misconceptions, e.g. low-fat is good, saturated fats are bad, and the gluten-free recipe made me laugh. This is coming from someone who has been on a 100% gluten-free diet, including what I put on my skin.
If you, like me, have been doing a Paleo, Whole Food or AIP diet and know that animal fats are actually good for you, this course will be a waste of time.
von Aeryn K•
Jun 06, 2016
The very first lesson implies that sufficient quantities of micronutrients can't be obtained from a diet high in animal-based proteins and fats. In reality, organ meats and egg yolks are higher in micronutrients than many fruits and vegetables, and only small amounts of dark-colored veggies and fruits are required to balance a diet that already contains a variety of meats (as far as both species and cut). The body is also better able to synthesize glucose (or utilize ketones instead of glucose to fuel cell function) than to synthesize amino acids, which are more easily obtained in the correct amounts from animal sources. Plant-based diets work for some people, but if blood sugar levels, chronic inflammation and/or amino acid intake are issues that an individual needs to take into careful consideration, a high-fat, low-carb, diet with a variety of animal products is more likely to meet their needs.
von Maria L•
Dec 16, 2017
von Rutuja C•
Mar 16, 2018
Not as per my expectations. But good eye opener!
von Yang G•
Feb 28, 2016
general and shallow, not very informative, could be inspirational for those haven't cooked in a long time. recipe are at the end of course.
von Jenny B•
Feb 02, 2016
Really very basic, anyone with an interest in the subject is likely to know most of this already. nicely presented though, good quality videos.
von aliya b•
Oct 17, 2017
Great, but takes much more time, than could be.
It would be the same to find 20-min recording of a good educational TV-channel programme.
Stanford in title doesn't refer to any academical sense, but to time relevance and confidence (and activity of Stanford food policy institute).
Has regional specifics (fats, obesity, how to use (keep in hand) knife).
Recommend only if you like to take a brake learning engineering or linear models on coursera.
von Walter S•
Jan 22, 2016
They talked a little about LDL and HDL which is good.
But the rest was just a summary of avoid processed foods, eat less and eat less meat and ways to do it. It is important, but I thought the course lacked science and it was very very short.
von Leyton S•
Jan 23, 2016
Not in depth enough
von Claude J G•
Feb 14, 2016
The course is essentially a self-help guide focusing on the idea that cooking real food promotes health. This is certainly a message that many people need to hear.
Unfortunately, the advice concerning what to eat is less sound. Let me illustrate this with a historical counterexample.
Around 75 years ago, a Canadian dentist visited my home country of Switzerland, where he examined the health and diet of a population in a secluded mountain valley. He found them to be of exceptional health. Their diet?
breakfast: rye sourdough bread, butter and cheese
lunch: rye sourdough bread, butter and cheese
dinner: rye sourdough bread, butter, cheese and potatoes, along with some vegetables in the warmer half of the year, and small amounts of meat on Sundays
Contrary to four fundamental recommendations in the course, these people ate a lot of saturated fat (butter) and animal protein (cheese), but few vegetables and had hardly any variation in their diet.
They did prepare their own food, grown or pastured locally, in very mineral-rich soil, which imparted their butter and cheese with very high amounts of fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K2. Perhaps animal foods are not as unhealthy as the course suggests, and food (and soil) quality is paramount.
Instead of taking this course, watch Maya Adam's TEDx talk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-gyIkA-crM) and browse the recommendations of the Weston A. Price Foundation (http://www.westonaprice.org/) to learn what to cook, in particular their Healthy4Life dietary guidelines (http://www.westonaprice.org/wp-content/uploads/Healthy4LifeEnglish.pdf). If you still need a self-help guide to actually start cooking your own food then by all means, take this course. It'll only take you about an hour.
von Elena K A•
Feb 20, 2016
Not much content
von Carmen C•
Mar 06, 2018
If you know literally NOTHING about nutrition this is a good place to start, if you however have any sort of understanding of fats, protein and carbs, even the knowledge of what they are, on a broad scale, then you probably already know more than this course will teach you.
It was a good reminder of healthy eating nonetheless.
The recipes in the last module were good, but as someone who doesn't care much for sweet stuff it left me kinda bummed. I wished there were more main meal recipes rather than recipes to cook all your favorite desserts in a gluten free way. I know they had to plug Grokker and get that shameless self-promotion, I am not opposed to that, but they could have chosen more diverse recipes.
If you are trying to get people to eat healthier you should give them something quick and easy, not a recipe for pancakes that takes 4 different kinds of flours.
Mar 29, 2018
Этакое руководство для будущего первокурсника, который собирается покинуть родительский дом и хочет правильно организовать свое питание.
von barbara c•
Apr 26, 2018
I think this course is too basic. I had expected to learn more in-depth about nutrition. It feels more like cooking for dummies.
von Brooke A L•
Jan 11, 2018
While the information provided was helpful in some cases, I highly disagree with the staff behind this writing that veganism is, quote, "the least sustainable method" as a food solution. That's simply untrue to say; that spreads misinformation about the lifestyle choice, and only further encourages people to not consider it for themselves. I understand trying to be reasonable, as the common western citizen consumes meat and dairy and God forbid you hurt anyone's feelings, but there is no need to spread mistruths for the sake of saving someone's feelings. Overall it was a good course, and I'm grateful to have learned something through Stanford, I just disagree with a lot of the information presented within the course (namely, that veganism is unsustainable and that fish is safe, and furthermore nutritious to eat - spoiler, it really isn't, and overfishing is a serious issue that this course seems to mention nothing of at all when discussing it as a food choice). Plus, a lot of what was discussed, I was already educated on. So I sincerely wish it was more in-depth, thorough, and more respectful to dietary/lifestyle choices outside of the omnivore perspective. Thank you to both the Stanford and Coursera communities for providing this course as a tool to better health and wellness in this world that often makes it feel almost impossible.
von Jessica S•
Jan 18, 2016
Far too easy and far too basic for me. I would have hoped for a more in-depth and scientific look at food and nutrition.