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EIT Food

Understanding Mediterranean and Okinawa Diets

EIT Food and Università di Torino via FutureLearn


Learn to make healthier diet choices by examining two different diets

Please note this course runs without facilitation

Your diet can make a big difference to your health. That’s why it’s so important to consider the value of different diets from around the globe.

On this course you will explore the science and benefits of two well-known diets: the Mediterranean and Okinawa diets. You will learn the main components of these diets and how to prepare simple recipes. You will also consider what makes these diets healthy, and how they affect the body.

This course is for anyone interested in maintaining a healthy diet, you don’t need any previous experience.

The Educators won’t be able to join the discussions themselves or respond to individual comments, but the course encourages a strong learning community. The learning is focused around debate and discussion – supporting other learners, sharing your own experience and knowledge, and listening to new perspectives. We hope that you will enjoy interacting with and learning from each other in this way. Don’t forget to comment, reply to other learners and ‘like’ comments.


  • What do we eat
    • Is your food healthy?
    • Why is diet important for your health?
    • The Mediterranean (MED) food pyramid and scientific background
    • The Okinawa diet: The food pyramid, scientific background and benefits for your health
    • Week 1 reflection
  • Diet and microbiota: health benefits
    • Diet and microbiota: fundaments
    • The health benefits of the MED and Okinawa diets
    • Components of MED and Okinawa diets: protein sources
    • Foods of the MED and Okinawa diets: fish, meat, poultry and dairy
    • An easy-to-prepare recipe
    • Reflection
  • Foods of MED and Okinawa diets: properties and benefits
    • Foods of the Okinawa diet: wakame and kombu seaweeds, tofu, shiitake mushrooms.
    • Components of MED and Okinawa diets: carbohydrate and fat sources.
    • Foods of the MED diet: olive oil.
    • Foods of the MED and Okinawa diets: fruit and vegetables
    • Foods of the MED and Okinawa diets: cereals and pseudocereals
    • Final assessment and 'take home message'

Taught by

Simona Bo



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  • It helped me make sense of food pyramids and details of both diets. It supported my knowledge about benefits of certain foods and food macromolecules.

    This course expanded my understanding of strach in the diet and dieting in general.
  • Anonymous
    Really enjoyed the course. It was very informative.
    However, would have liked to learn more about the Okinawa diet and lifestyle (recipes and staple foods used).

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