Food, Science, and the Human Body

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Food, Science, and the Human Body

2017

In these 36 lectures, get answers to questions about the evolution of the human diet and its relationship to our bodies. Bringing together insights from fields including anthropology, health science, biology, and sociology,...

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Alyssa Crittenden

In This Series

Paleo Diets and the Ancestral Appetite
Episode 1
Paleo Diets and the Ancestral Appetite
Our Hunter-Gatherer Past
Episode 2
Our Hunter-Gatherer Past
Stones, Bones, and Teeth
Episode 3
Stones, Bones, and Teeth
Did Meat Eating Make Us Human?
Episode 4
Did Meat Eating Make Us Human?
Insects: The Other White Meat
Episode 5
Insects: The Other White Meat
Was the Stone Age Menu Mostly Vegetarian?
Episode 6
Was the Stone Age Menu Mostly Vegetarian?
Cooking and the Control of Fire
Episode 7
Cooking and the Control of Fire
The Neolithic Revolution
Episode 8
The Neolithic Revolution
The Changing Disease-Scape
Episode 9
The Changing Disease-Scape
How Foods Spread around the World
Episode 10
How Foods Spread around the World
The History of the Spice Trade
Episode 11
The History of the Spice Trade
How Sugar and Salt Shaped World History
Episode 12
How Sugar and Salt Shaped World History
A Brief History of Bread
Episode 13
A Brief History of Bread
The Science and Secrets of Chocolate
Episode 14
The Science and Secrets of Chocolate
Water: The Liquid of Life
Episode 15
Water: The Liquid of Life
Beer, Mead, and the Fun of Fermentation
Episode 16
Beer, Mead, and the Fun of Fermentation
Humanity's Love of Wine
Episode 17
Humanity's Love of Wine
Coffee: Love or Addiction?
Episode 18
Coffee: Love or Addiction?
The Roots of Tea
Episode 19
The Roots of Tea
The Fizz on Soda
Episode 20
The Fizz on Soda
Food as Ritual
Episode 21
Food as Ritual
When People Eat Things That Aren't Food
Episode 22
When People Eat Things That Aren't Food
Food as Recreational Drugs
Episode 23
Food as Recreational Drugs
Food as Medicine
Episode 24
Food as Medicine
The Coevolution of Genes and Diet
Episode 25
The Coevolution of Genes and Diet
The Scoop on Poop
Episode 26
The Scoop on Poop
The Gut Microbiome
Episode 27
The Gut Microbiome
Brain Food
Episode 28
Brain Food
You Are What Your Mother Ate
Episode 29
You Are What Your Mother Ate
Civilization: Diets and Diseases
Episode 30
Civilization: Diets and Diseases
What the World Is Eating
Episode 31
What the World Is Eating
The Overnutrition Epidemic
Episode 32
The Overnutrition Epidemic
World Poverty and Undernutrition
Episode 33
World Poverty and Undernutrition
Should the World Eat Meat?
Episode 34
Should the World Eat Meat?
Should We Be Powered by Plants?
Episode 35
Should We Be Powered by Plants?
The Future of Food
Episode 36
The Future of Food