Food, Science, and the Human Body : The Great Courses: Better Living

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Alyssa Crittenden
  • Series: The Great Courses: Better Living
  • 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

What foods did the human body evolve to eat, and why? How does the food we eat affect our genes and our minds? What foods are (and aren't) optimal for our everyday health? How can we use cutting-edge science to end world hunger?
In these 36 lectures, get eye-opening answers to these and other perplexing questions about the evolution of the human diet and its relationship to our bodies. Bringing together insights from a range of fields including history, anthropology, nutrition, economics, biology, and sociology, this exciting partnership between The Great Courses and National Geographic lays bare what science can teach us about food.
Taking you far beyond the supermarket and the laboratory, these lectures cross cultures, span time, and hop around the world from the most underfed to the most overfed human societies. Bringing a broad range of disciplines to these lectures, Dr. Crittenden offers an intriguing and illuminating catalog of some of the most pressing questions and concerns.
You'll compare and contrast food-related crises from mass starvation to obesity. You'll explore food trends and ideas, from the Mediterranean and MIND diets to the farm-to-table movement and the controversy surrounding GMOs. You'll bust common myths about how food acts on the body and mind. And you'll gain powerful scientific insights that will always be there in the back of your mind, every time you get hungry.

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easy to listen to and follow

This book was In depth and informative. voice was nice to listen to and easy to follow .
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- melissa Reed

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I've downloaded over 100 titles from Audible and this was one of the few I've regretted opening. I was hoping to learn more about nutrition and the interaction of the food we consume with our bodies. I was looking to use the information to make more informed choices related to my diet and to live a healthier lifestyle.The first couple lectures are anthropology related. While interesting, this is not what I hoped to hear about. However, the lectures soon take a bizarre turn. I stopped listening after Professor Crittenden advocated eating bugs, so I can't say if the course continues to decline from that point. However, this wasn't out of the box advice offered after presenting more mainstream information on the western diet. Bug eating is what Professor Crittenden decided to open with. There are many other offerings that are informative and don't open with encouraging you to go into your backyard and eat bugs. I'm going to try one of those instead with my next Audible credit.

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- Jon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-21-2017
  • Publisher: The Great Courses