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Understanding Different Diets: Mediterranean, Baltic sea, and Okinawa

Learn the principles, science and health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, the Baltic sea diet, and the Okinawa diet.

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Understanding Different Diets: Mediterranean, Baltic sea, and Okinawa
  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

Learn to make healthier diet choices by examining three different diets

Your diet can make a big difference to your health. That’s why it’s so important to consider the value of different diets from around the globe.

On this course you will explore the science and benefits of three well-known diets: the Mediterranean, Baltic sea and Okinawa diets. You will learn the main components of these diets and how to prepare simple recipes. You will also consider what makes these diets healthy, and how they affect the body. Finally you will explore environmentally sustainable diets - finding out how diets can help or harm the environment.

This activity has received funding from EIT Food, the innovation community on Food of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the EU, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

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What topics will you cover?

  • Scientific backgrounds of the Mediterranean diet, the Baltic sea diet, and the Okinawa diet
  • A deeper insight into each type of diet with regards to their healthy aspects
  • Healthy source of proteins
  • The secrets of carbohydrates and oils
  • Sustainability of the Mediterranean diet, the Baltic sea diet, and the Okinawa diet

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Summarise the characteristics and benefits of the Mediterranean, Baltic and Okinawa diets
  • Identify health-related properties of foods central to the three diets
  • Describe the importance of healthy food frequency consumption
  • Design at least one simple healthy recipe of one of the course diets
  • Describe what an environmentally sustainable diet looks like (foods that improve or worsen the sustainability) and how the three example diets relate to this
  • Reflect that there are many kinds of healthy diets and that these may be composed by using different foods and cultural approaches

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in maintaining a healthy diet, you don’t need any previous experience.

Who will you learn with?

MD with expertise in the care of the patients with metabolic diseases. My research area is relative to the role of food/nutrients on dysmetabolic diseases and the organization of lifestyle trials.

Hi! I work as the Professor in Human Nutrition at the University of Helsinki. My research activities are mostly related to diet, physical activity and obesity. At free time, I love endurance exercise

I’m a professor in food microbiology at the University of Torino, Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences. My research focuses on food safety and microbial ecology of fermented foods.

Who developed the course?

EIT Food

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food initiative, working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted.

University of Turin

The University of Turin is one of the largest and most prestigious Italian universities, with about 70,000 students, 4,000 employees, and 1,800 research fellows, encompassing all academic sectors.

University of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. Through science, the University has contributed to society, education and welfare since 1640

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  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
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Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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