No, I’m not planning any career switch! I have really no intention of becoming a self-declared nutritionist! But as a blogger, it always sounds like a good idea to educate myself a bit, especially if it’s online and for free!
Coursera.org is the perfect site for free online classes from various universities. Last week I finished a nutrition course and earned a statement of accomplishment:
It’s just a statement with my name on it, but still, it’s always nice to get something as a reward after a couple of weeks of video lectures, quizzes and assignments :)
The course was actually pretty easy, and I must admit I didn’t learn a ton of things. And here are a couple of random facts I took notes of and that are totally contrary to other recommendations I have been reading from other sources:
- “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the health claim that 25 grams per day of soy protein, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.“
- “Most athletes get sufficient protein from their usual diet and do not require supplemental or dietary increases.“
- “You have to eat at least 6 servings of whole grain products daily. Can be whole wheat, oats, whole grain cereals, brown rice, quinoa, whole grain pastas, etc.” I think 6 servings sounds way too much!
And this slide about soy consumption just confused me even more about the whole “soy controversy“, which I still don’t know what to think of:
But all-in-all, for the amount of time I invested in this course (about 3 hours per week during 6 weeks), I’m pretty happy with the outcome. The main thing I’ve learned from the course is that you have to dive into clinical studies (on boring sites like www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed) and basically make up your own mind reading the studies.
The course materials were presented in an engaging manner though. And you can always speed up the video lectures to make the professor talk faster thanks to the speed-up option, which is a nice time-saver!
If you’re interested in giving Coursera.org a try, here’s another nutrition course that I just started this week: www.coursera.org/course/nutrition