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Nutrition Facts and Myths

We have survived about two million years as humans by eating.  We are now inundated with information and advice about what to eat and what not to eat. What is scientifically correct and what is wishful thinking is not clear to most of us. What should we eat to be healthy should be the question. But there is a complication. We have evolved to withstand starvation. Those of us who could not store fuel perished. So now, in the affluent parts of the world, the problem has become how to get rid of what kept us going for two million years. So we have sensible diets and  fad diets and superfoods and a great confusion. Are the advertised diets good or at least harmless or could they be dangerous? This talk hopes to give a sensible perspective on the matter.

Lecturer: Dr Despo Papachristodoulou (Reader in Biochemistry and Medical Education King’s College London)

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