Describe what is meant by the term ‘food as medicine’ and list a number of examples of how foods have been used as medicine in the past
Identify how and which types of foods are essential for health and wellbeing, and play an important role in treating/preventing disease
Identify current evidenced based, nutrition related public health guidelines and apply these to improve personal eating habits and nutritional intake
Identify foods/components of food that have an effect on different body systems, weight and appetite, fertility and pregnancy, and the genome
Never before have we known so much about the nutritional value of our food. But there’s still uncertainty around how it can be used to improve our health.
On this Association for Nutrition (AfN) certified course, you’ll be introduced to the fascinating concept of using food as medicine.
As you consider how what we eat affects our health, you’ll learn how food can be used to prevent and treat illness and manage chronic disease.
You’ll also discover nutrition science and learn what it is in food that can improve our health, as well as the essential foods we need to boost our health and wellbeing.
History of food as medicine
Food and its role in prevention and treatment
Macronutrients, micronutrients, phytochemicals and antioxidants
Nutrition complexities and controversies, and the importance of evidence
Food and the gut
Food and the brain
Foods, fertility and pregnancy
Food and weight
Food and our genome
Public health nutrition guidelines
This course is designed for anyone fascinated by how food, nutrition and health are connected.
If you’re a healthcare professional, this course will give you evidence-based information to share with your patients if they require food-based health recommendations.
This course is AfN Certified.
This means it meets the Association for Nutrition standards for nutrition training of individuals working at Level 1 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
Please note completion of this course does not lead to registration on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists nor does it equip any individual to practice ethically as a nutritionist.
This course is BDA Endorsed.
This course is endorsed by the British Dietetic Association. BDA endorsement applies to the educational content of the learning activity. Completion of this course does not provide you with qualifications to practise as a nutritionist or dietitian.