SCI 12 H — Nutrition: A Personalized Approach
Recently, diets of deprivation (e.g., ketogenic and intermittent fasting) have also gained popular interest, raising the question not simply of what we need to eat to be healthy, but also to what extent we might benefit from sometimes not eating at all. How can we figure out a “best” way to eat (or not eat) for each of us personally and then survive a trip to the grocery store or our own kitchen? Science provides broad guidelines for meeting our body’s needs, but only when applied to each person’s individual situation does an effective, sustainable personalized approach emerge. Each homework assignment will challenge students to apply the concepts from class to their own personal life, schedule, and food preferences. In the end, each student’s diet will be highly individualized in spite of being based on the same sound principles. Nutrition for general health, weight loss, disease prevention, and exercise performance will be contrasted in this course.
Students should be comfortable hearing about scientific findings on the topics discussed in class, but no science background is required in this introductory course. Students can choose to attend this course on campus or online. Sign up for Section H if you think you might attend class on the Stanford campus at least once. There is no commitment—you can still choose to attend via Zoom for any session. Sign up for Section Z if you know you will exclusively attend via Zoom.