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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.
©2017 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2017 The Great Courses
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By Zach on 10-23-17

Misleading Title

I was really excited about this book as I really wanted to learn more about food, science, and the human body, but sadly this book had very little of the science it advertised. If you are interested in actual food science, avoid this course. This course is 3/4 anthropology with the remaining 1/4 being personal anecdotes about the author's experiences doing things in the world abroad. There is very little science in this course. Plus, the performance is mediocre at best, with at least one or two errors per half an hour lecture.

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By melissa Reed on 09-29-17

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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