Public lecture: what's worse than saturated fat?

Friday, 3 September 2010

The inaugural Innovation in Food Lecture - being held this Monday 6 September at the University of Adelaide's Waite Campus - will feature one of Australia's foremost experts on human nutrition.

The speaker is Professor Jennie Brand-Miller (Professor of Human Nutrition, School of Molecular Biosciences, University of Sydney), who is best known for her research and publications on the glycemic index (GI) and its role in human health.

The Innovation in Food Lecture has been established by the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine at the University of Adelaide to recognise individuals making significant research advances in the areas of food, health and nutrition. The lecture has been named for the world-class FOODplus Research Centre, a joint venture between the University of Adelaide and the Women's and Children's Health Research Institute.

This is a free public lecture and is open to all - registration essential (see below).

The title of Professor Brand-Miller's lecture is: Are 'refined' carbohydrates worse than saturated fat?

"The 'take home' message from health authorities for the past three decades has been 'eat less fat, especially saturated fat'," Professor Brand-Miller says.

"Now a new paradigm is arising: that the processed carbohydrates which replaced the energy from fat may increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease more so than fat - a finding that has enormous implications for the Australian food and agricultural industry.

"This lecture will focus on well-designed studies demonstrating that complex carbohydrates that are slowly digested and absorbed, are good for health and reduce risk factors associated with lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes. Improving carbohydrate quality is therefore a better approach to health and sustainability issues than 'ditching the carbs'."

WHAT: Innovation in Food Lecture 2010 by Professor Jennie Brand-Miller (University of Sydney)
WHERE: Auditorium, Plant Research Centre, Waite Campus, University of Adelaide (off Hartley Grove, Urrbrae)
WHEN: 4.00pm Monday 6 September 2010
COST: Free - but registration essential
RSVP: Contact Dr Amanda Able, call 08 8303 7245 or email: amanda.able@adelaide.edu.au

 

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