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TIME TO RETHINK HOW WE EVALUATE THE HEALTH EFFECT OF FOOD?

Professor Ian Givens was invited to contribute to a hearing on nutrition and health held on 11 October 2017 in the European Parliament, Brussels. The event was organised under the patronage of Angélique Delahaye, a French MEP with a background in agriculture and food, in collaboration with the European Milk Forum. The hearing’s aim was to discuss new evidence on food matrix effects and to start answering the question ‘Is it time to rethink how we evaluate the health effects of food? For more details please visit: Milk Nutritious by Nature

IFNH MENTIONED BY THE UNIVERSITIES AND SCIENCE MINISTER

The Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson, in his recent speech at the Higher Education Funding Council for England annual conference 2017 made reference to the University of Reading.

“Reading University, which is investing in a new interdisciplinary Centre for Food, Nutrition and Health. This will extend its relationships with the agri-food industry, enabling it to deliver research, innovation and education that addresses their needs and contributes to economic growth in the sector”
For more details of his full speech please see:
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/full-jo-johnson-speech-hefce-annual-conference-2017

THE LAUNCH OF THE INSTITUTE FOR FOOD, NUTRITION AND HEALTH

The Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health is excited to be hosting its launch event on Monday 23rd October 2017 at 13.00 in the Meadow Suite, at Park House. The Institute aims to bring together the University’s world-leading expertise in food, nutrition and health and their relationships with agriculture and the environment to understand how improvements in food production, processing and nutrition can help deliver better diets and health. The Institute aims to support the development of multi-disciplinary opportunities. The launch will be opened by the VC and IFNH staff will share updates about the progress and future plans of the Institute and how you can engage with it moving forward. The launch will also be an opportunity for you to network with others who share related interests and expertise across these far-reaching areas. We hope to see you on the 23rd October!

What do we know about the fat in our food?

The shocking fact that 1 in 4 adults in the UK are obese is quite something. This figure has trebled in the last 30 years and is expected to increase to an astounding 1 in 2 by 2050. Do we, as a nation, know what we’re eating when it comes to fat?

This was the question posed by ITV’s Tonight programme which asked us to consider what we know about fat and to question the widely held belief that fat is a key opponent in our struggle against weight gain and the health risks that come with this. Professor Ian Givens kicked off the show by challenging the belief that dairy consumption makes you fat, as the evidence from innovative research undertaken by the University of Reading suggests that this is not in fact the case and that in some cases diary consumption can actually enhance weight loss.

Read more :https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/the-forum/2017/09/18/what-do-we-know-about-the-fat-in-our-food/