Eating for Health (and Pleasure)

Eating for Health (and Pleasure): The UCSF Guide to Good Nutrition. Few topics receive more attention in the media and in our own conversations than food. Everyone loves to eat! But how do we know what to eat to stay healthy, prevent and treat common illnesses, preserve our planet, and fully enjoy our food? This course, designed for all that love to eat, is taught by UCSF nutrition experts from the Schools of Medicine and Nursing. The course will provide the latest scientific evidence supporting healthy food choices and provide practical advice on preventing and treating common illnesses with nutrition. (from

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01. Principles of a Healthy Diet: How do We Know What to Eat?
Dr. Robert Baron explains that your actual risk of disease results from the interplay between the genes you inherit and the diet and lifestyle choices you make.

02. Obesity: Facts and Fictions
Dr. Robert Baron discusses the rise in obesity rates and associated detrimental health effects.

03. Fat Chance: Fructose 2.0
Dr. Robert Lustig argues that sugar and processed foods are driving the obesity epidemic, which in turn affects our endocrine system.

04. Dietary Fiber: The Most Important Nutrient?
Katie Ferraro, Family Health Care Nursing at UCSF School of Nursing, explores the types of fibers and their health benefits.

05. Dietary Fats: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (2013)
Some fats are better for your health than others. Katie Ferraro, registered dietitian at the UCSF School of Nursing, explores the different fats, and which you should try and avoid.

06. Vitamins and Supplements: An Evidence-based Approach
Dr. Jeffrey Tice, UCSF Department of Medicine, looks at vitamin use and the benefits and harms from these dietary supplements.

07. Dietary Guidelines: From Pyramid to Plate
Katie Ferraro takes us through the history of the food pyramid and how to judge what to put on your plate to maintain healthy weight.

08. Dietary Fats: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (2014)
Katie Ferraro explains a healthy person on 2,000 calorie diet per day should strive for 65 grams total fat, less than 20 grams saturated fat, zero grams trans fat and under 200 milligrams of dietary cholesterol.

09. How do We Know What to Eat, Drink (and Take)?
Dr. Robert Baron, UCSF Professor of Medicine, explains the costs of poor nutrition and what you can do to improve your diet.

10. Understanding Obesity
Dr. Robert Baron, Professor of Medicine at UCSF, explains the prevalence of obesity and the trends in the rates of obesity then looks at what to do.

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