What's this taster all about?

Our aim with this taster is to give you an idea of the type and detail of content within our course. We have included small extracts from different parts of the course. They are snippets taken out of context and are for you to experience the feel of the content rather than to gain nutrition knowledge.

Inside the course

We use a variety of methods for teaching including written material, animations, videos, podcasts, quizzes, and practical assignments.


The course is interactive and you are guided through the various modules, lessons, and topics online with your place always being bookmarked so that you know where you have got to when you return!


Opposite is an example of your dashboard when you are studying the nutrition module 'Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolic Syndrome'.


Within the nutrition modules, we always begin with anatomy, & physiology followed by nutritional science and its application. There are animations and quizzes to reinforce learning and practical assignments.


The course material is continually updated with the latest scientific evidence and additional content added to provide an enhanced student experience.

Diabetes Module

What detail is included?

The material is detailed. Below you can see the lessons and topics included in the Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolic Syndrome nutrition module. Each topic is discussed in depth but divided into small digestible chunks of information.

Diabetes Module

What does the written material look like?

Below is an extract of information we teach when explaining the role of fatty acids in the prevention and management of diabetes and insulin resistance. We use diagrams to aid explanations where possible.

The diagram aids in understanding how different foods are either pro or anti-inflammatory and the nutrients needed to support the conversion to different forms of omega 3/6 fatty acids and the resulting impact on health.

All of our written material is presented in small digestible chunks and bookmarked for you to know where you are with your studying when you return.

Extract from Section 6.7 :  The Balancing of Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids

You can see from the diagram that the metabolism of omega 6 and omega 3 compete for the same pathways. In other words, they require the same enzymes and nutrients for conversion. Therefore eating plant-based omega 3 sources may not give you much benefit in respect of producing anti-inflammatory compounds but it will to some degree help stop the production of the inflammatory prostaglandins on the omega 6 pathway.


Essential Fatty Acid Pathways

The essential fatty acids are the metabolic precursors to prostaglandins. EPA and DHA are actually metabolised to form series 3 prostaglandins (EPA more so). These are the ones that are the most potently anti-inflammatory, and an increase in their production can influence inflammatory events very quickly indeed. Consuming good quantities of omega 3 fatty acids encourages our body to produce more of the anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. The benefits of omega 3 on heart health are well documented and have been studied widely for at least 20 years. However, in recent years we have found that omega 3 intake benefits other aspects of the metabolic disease storm that we are weathering.

Animations to reinforce learning

We have included here a few seconds of our animation which explains physiology and insulin resistance.

The role of insulin in diabetes and obesity, its relationship to the level and type of carbohydrate intake as well as the timing and frequency of intake is important for optimal health. 

There are animations within each of the nutrition modules.

Practical Assignments

Practical assignments to bring the theory of nutritional science into the kitchen are included within each nutrition module. Students love this part of the course. They get in the kitchen and experiment creating recipes to support health using the knowledge they have learnt. Below is an example of a recipe developed by one of our students together with their explanations given as to why they used the ingredients. We also profile students recipes within the main pages of our website to showcase their work and knowledge and enable them to build their own brand awareness.

Don't worry if you're not an amazing cook or recipe creator. You don't need to be! Its about understanding how to take a meal or recipe and swap out ingredients to make it healthier and support specific areas of health. Of course, if you love creating your own recipes from scratch we love seeing all the pictures and discussions that students often post within our Sano Student Community.

All assignments need to be Harvard referenced and are marked by qualified Nutritionists with plenty of constructive feedback given. Below is an extract from one of our student's assignments.

Student Assignment Extract

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Industry Experts

Learning nutritional science is important but equally so is being aware of what industry experts are talking about and what is happening in the wellness industry. We provide you with a variety of industry experts all discussing different areas of health and wellness, what they are working on, how they see the future and their top tips. The video below brings you a few tiny extracts from a handful of industry experts.

Tools to apply nutrition within consultations

Within each module we include a series of video consultations demonstrating how to apply the nutritional knowledge to patients in a short consultation time and where to then signpost the patient if appropriate.

You will have a toolkit to enable you to guide on nutrition and healthy eating even within a 10 minute consulatiton and empowering patients to start taking control of their own health.

We also provide you with plenty of downloadable patient handouts and checklists for you to apply your knowledge right away.

Female Patient And Doctor Have Consultation In Hospital Room

Cooking School

Sano Cooking School consists of a series of videos to which you can cook along and further develop your knowledge in making meals healthier.

This is valuable to reinforce theory learnt in the nutrition modules as well as giving inspiration for ideas as to how to make everyday meals healthier.

You will also find it a good learning experince if alongside your clinical work you intend giving your own cooking demonstrations, filming and getting involved in TV work.

Each video comes along with a recipe card which can be downloaded.



Below is a sample recipe card which is included alongside the instructional video from Chicken Tikka Masala

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Sano Community & Events

Last but not least don't forget that we have a thriving student community who share ideas, support each other and meet up for study sessions. We hold regular educational, cooking and foodie events at Sano To Go that our students regularly attend. Our education team is also always on hand to answer any questions you have and support you in your studies.