The content of this diet tutorial was developed as part of a clinical trial. 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. Purchase textbook. NOTE: Non-profit community health organizations are eligible to apply for a book grant which will cover the cost of books for a class of ten.
3. Complete all reading assignments. For every book chapter you read, there is one module of instruction.
4. Complete each of the activities as assigned during each module of instruction.
5. Engage in the discussions with your friend or group.
Dufault, R. (2017). Unsafe At Any Meal:What the FDA Does Not Want You To Know About the Foods You Eat.
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