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Unit 4

How do I identify ‘good’ and ‘bad’ food?

It seems like everyone has an opinion about what you should be eating — and many of them contradict each other! How can we figure out what advice is trustworthy? In this unit, we’ll look at the history of how people went about learning what we ‘know’ now about food and human metabolism in the first place, and how we can apply that process ourselves to evaluating what studies mean.

Lesson 1-2: Why are there contradictory messages about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods? (pdf)

Lesson 3: How do we know what ‘good’ and ‘bad’ food really is? (pdf)

Lesson 4: Seeing through the static – How do we identify correlations in data? (pdf)

Lesson 5: Treating obesity with behavior modification? (pdf)

Watch Online: Unit 4 Multimedia

Metabolic Disease Blog: Unit 4 Further Reading