with Alyssa Crittenden
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Food, Science & the Human Body

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Overview

It may be a well-worn saying, but scientific data backs it up: You are what you eat. And not only that: You are what your earliest ancestors ate. In short, the story of humanity is inextricably linked to the foods we eat. Award-winning professor Alyssa Crittenden, Ph.D., provides a research-based approach to the history and science of the human diet, taking you far beyond the supermarket and laboratory. Understand our current — and future — relationship with food by looking back in time to the roots of food and food culture, and its intersection with science.

Details

  • beginner
  • 36 episodes
  • 17h53m

Included in this Class

1. Paleo Diets & the Ancestral Appetite
31m

1. Paleo Diets & the Ancestral Appetite

Professor Alyssa Crittenden begins by discussing similarities between the Paleo diet and what our ancestors ate. After that, explore the evolution of nutrition to determine whether or not humans have adapted to one specific diet.

2. Our Hunter-Gatherer Past
31m

2. Our Hunter-Gatherer Past

Prof. Crittenden reveals insights into hunter-gatherer societies based on fascinating research on one of Africa's last foraging populations, including how they function and how such practices may have even shaped the diversity of human nutrition.

3. Stones, Bones & Teeth
29m

3. Stones, Bones & Teeth

Find out what scientists have discovered about the ancestral dinner plate through stone artifacts, human cranium bones and the dentition of early humans.

1. Paleo Diets & the Ancestral Appetite

1. Paleo Diets & the Ancestral Appetite

2. Our Hunter-Gatherer Past

2. Our Hunter-Gatherer Past

3. Stones, Bones & Teeth

3. Stones, Bones & Teeth

4. Did Meat Eating Make Us Human?

4. Did Meat Eating Make Us Human?

5. Insects: The Other White Meat

5. Insects: The Other White Meat

6. Was the Stone Age Menu Mostly Vegetarian?

6. Was the Stone Age Menu Mostly Vegetarian?

7. Cooking & the Control of Fire

7. Cooking & the Control of Fire

8. The Neolithic Revolution

8. The Neolithic Revolution

9. The Changing Disease-Scape

9. The Changing Disease-Scape

10. How Foods Spread Around the World

10. How Foods Spread Around the World

11. The History of the Spice Trade

11. The History of the Spice Trade

12. How Sugar & Sale Shaped World History

12. How Sugar & Sale Shaped World History

13. A Brief History of Bread

13. A Brief History of Bread

14. The Science & Secrets of Chocolate

14. The Science & Secrets of Chocolate

15. Water: The Liquid of Life

15. Water: The Liquid of Life

16. Beer, Mead & the Fun of Fermentation

16. Beer, Mead & the Fun of Fermentation

17. Humanity's Love of Wine

17. Humanity's Love of Wine

18. Coffee: Love or Addiction?

18. Coffee: Love or Addiction?

19. The Roots of Tea

19. The Roots of Tea

20. The Fizz on Soda

20. The Fizz on Soda

21. Food as Ritual

21. Food as Ritual

22. When People Eat Things That Aren't Food

22. When People Eat Things That Aren't Food

23. Food as Recreational Drugs

23. Food as Recreational Drugs

24. Food as Medicine

24. Food as Medicine

25. The Coevolution of Genes & Diet

25. The Coevolution of Genes & Diet

26. The Scoop on Poop

26. The Scoop on Poop

27. The Gut Microbiome

27. The Gut Microbiome

28. Brain Food

28. Brain Food

29. You Are What Your Mother Ate

29. You Are What Your Mother Ate

30. Civilization: Diets & Diseases

30. Civilization: Diets & Diseases

31. What the World Is Eating

31. What the World Is Eating

32. The Overnutrition Epidemic

32. The Overnutrition Epidemic

33. World Poverty & Undernutrition

33. World Poverty & Undernutrition

34. Should the World Eat Meat?

34. Should the World Eat Meat?

35. Should We Be Powered by Plants?

35. Should We Be Powered by Plants?

36. The Future of Food

36. The Future of Food