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Green tea: a flavonoid-rich superfood

Can green tea improve our health? Green tea is consistently ranked among the healthiest beverages and could be considered the most widely consumed superfood. The mechanism through which green tea …

Quinoa – boon or bane for the Andean highlands?

Did quinoa affect the economy and diets in the Andean highlands? Sometimes superfoods demand drives up their prices considerably, changing their status from traditional food into cash crops. This was …

What comes next: week 3 and beyond

What effect do flavonoids have on our health? Most likely if you think of a superfood – be it berries or tea, cocoa or kale, you are thinking of a …

Gluten-free diets – 2

What are the consequences of gluten-free diets? Myths about gluten lead towards gluten-free choices by many people that have no medical reasons for them. Usually, this is not a good …

Buckwheat: a “super” grain

Why is buckwheat a super grain? Not all gluten-free alternatives are equally known to the consumer, but buckwheat is a grain with a very long history of human use and …

Overview of USDA Food Composition Databases

How to use the USDA Food Composition Database In the previous step, we described the opportunity of using web databases to look for the nutrient content of specific foods, and …

Gluten-free diets – 1

Gluten-free products are common, but what is gluten? In the first of a series of two videos, dr. Krupa-Kozak introduces gluten and its characteristics. Where is it found? What role …

Superfood alternatives

What are some alternatives to common superfoods? The first activity of this week is focused on finding foods that are similar to superfoods, but are more available, cheaper or more …

Nutritional content databases

How can we find new alternatives to superfoods? In the last video we mentioned a few alternatives to superfoods, but these are by no means the only possible substitutions. To …

Examples of Phytochemicals in Foods

In this activity, we offered a quick overview of what micro and macronutrients are, as food items sold with the “superfood” label often contain high amounts of some essential nutrient. …

What comes next: week 2 and beyond

How can we find new superfoods? This week we introduced many concepts linked to superfoods, and we started to explore the scientific research linked to some of them – notably, …

Introduction to Week 2

What is the nutrient content of superfoods? What are their alternatives? As we anticipated in the first week, despite the lack of an official definition, one of the characteristics of …

Probiotics and prebiotics

Our gut microbiome is linked with our health. It is therefore of no surprise that foods that can influence our gut bacteria, by increasing the number of beneficial ones, received …

Macronutrients, micronutrients and phytochemicals

Superfoods are often defined on the basis of their content of nutritional content. This includes micronutrients, their macronutrient profile or their content of phytochemicals. In this video, we discuss these …

Nutraceuticals

Extracts, functional foods, nutraceuticals… As we said in the previous video, these terms are often confused and used in relation to superfoods. In this video, Dr. Michalska describes in more …