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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds Hello, and welcome back to the last lecture of this course. Maybe you were expecting us to discuss the benefits of red berries and salmon, of quinoa and amaranth. We did discuss some superfoods such as green tea, berries, chocolate, and buckwheat but many lectures focused on what a superfood is not. They are not medicine and they will not prolong your life.

Skip to 0 minutes and 36 seconds As we said in other occasions, this doesn’t mean that all is lost because of the market niche they occupy and because of the way they are produced and sold, superfoods tend to be healthy foods and are likely to be fruit and vegetables.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds After all, superfoods can be good for your diet. Adding sprouted beans, goji berries, seaweed, and juicy strawberries to your diet will increase the variety of what you are eating and in a way, few nutritionists would object about. If the health claims will be determined to be true, they will be a nice and maybe unexpected bonus. Going back to this course, there are other things that maybe surprise you as finding an article on LDAS or a lecture on nutritional composition databases. Though not exclusive to superfoods, these are elements that will be able to guide you in all dietary choices. We hope that they will come back to your mind when you are picking the next food or the next superfood.

Skip to 1 minute and 54 seconds In any case, thank you for remaining with us until now and we hope to see you in the future in some other course.

Conclusion and goodbyes

Congratulations, you have reached the end of the course!

In this course we have explored topics linked to superfoods: we started by defining what superfoods are and what they are not, as well as by discussing associated concepts: probiotics, prebiotics, antioxidants, nutraceuticals…

We then continued by showing you some alternatives to superfoods, a way to find your own superfood alternatives, and some issues linked with gluten-free diets.

We then moved to the third week and to its main topic: flavonoids. Flavonoids could improve our health through different mechanisms: they could fight oxidative stress and improve our cardiovascular health, but more research is needed before we can say that some specific foods can be used as a medicine or a preventative measure.

Finally, in the last week we discussed some negative aspects that could be linked to superfoods: are they always safe? Are the antinutrients contained in some of them bad for our health? Can they cause allergies like regular foods?

We would like to thank all of you for your participation, comments, and responses. It has been great to share the journey with you and your fellow learners as we explored the world of superfoods. We hope that you enjoyed your time learning with us and achieved your learning objectives.

How did the course go?

We’d love to hear about the things you enjoyed or if there was anything you were hoping to get out of the course that was not covered. This helps us make improvements for the next edition of this course.

So please do share your learning experience with us by commenting or leaving us a short review!

Are you interested in learning more?

If you’ve enjoyed this EIT Food course, you may like to join us on Food and Nutrition: The Truth Behind Food Headlines which begins on 28/09. Alternatively, check out our full list of EIT Food courses here.

You can also expand your knowledge through exploring our myth busting content over at Food Unfolded, which creates and shares content on the latest food and agricultural innovations to help you rediscover the origins of your food.

If there’s any other topics you’d love to explore in the future, share them in the comments! It’s great to gain ideas for future courses and we may be able to direct you to one of our other FutureLearn courses.

We also encourage you to listen to our weekly Food Fight Podcast. A podcast series examining the biggest challenges facing the food system, and the innovations and entrepreneurs looking to solve them. We ask the questions everyone wants answered, so this is not one to miss!

Finally, we hope you have enjoyed this course as much as we have enjoyed delivering it, and we hope we’ll meet - maybe as fellow learners - on some other course here on FutureLearn.

See you soon!

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