The content in this healthy diet tutorial was developed and used in three different clinical trials. Due to its success as an educational tool, it is now available to the public free of charge. As you participate in the tutorial, you will analyze components of the western diet to better understand how environmental and dietary factors interact to regulate genes in such a way as to protect your health or make you more susceptible to disease. Topics include epigenetics, changes in U.S. dietary consumption patterns over time, allowable toxic substance levels in food ingredients, regulatory role of FDA, conventional vs organic foods, micronutrients, and components of a healthy diet. The tutorial consists of eight (8) modules of instruction.
1. Identify environmental and dietary factors that impact gene regulation leading to health or disease.
2. Examine western dietary pattern over the last forty years and determine changes in the overall consumption of specific foods.
3. Survey kitchen cupboards, refrigerator and freezer to identify food or food ingredients containing toxic substances that may impact gene function.
4. Recognize available resources for improving family diet and health.
5. Create a healthy food environment at home.
Requirements for Success
1. Find a friend or group to take the course with.
2. For best access to the FIHRI tutorial, membership, and textbook, use the Mozilla browser.
3. Purchase textbook by clicking on the book cover picture at the bottom of this page. NOTE: If you become a FIHRI member, you will receive a textbook at no charge. Using the Mozilla browser click on the following link to find out how to become a member of FIHRI: http://www.foodingredient.info/membership/joinus.html
4. Complete all reading assignments. For every book chapter you read, there is one module of instruction.
5. Complete each of the activities as assigned during each module of instruction.
6. Engage in the discussions with your friend or group. Alternatively, you may join a private Face Book discussion group where you can mull over the discussion questions for each module of instruction with people all over the world. Here is the link to the FB page. You will need to become a friend and ask to be invited to the book study group.