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The food we choose to put into our body has inumerable effects on us and the world around us. Join us as we delve into current research being done in the world of nutrition - from farming insects as a supplemental source of dietery proteins, to the carefully optimised diets of athletes and looking at the science behind our appetite. Join us for an evening that is sure to provide you with plenty of food for thought...
Something to chew on: Appetite for crunchy and tasty bugs
Alan Hernandez Alvarez (Lecturer in Nutrition and Global Health)
Edible insects could be a key ingredient to avoiding a global food crisis, however there are significant barriers to overcome before they become mainstream. However, more and more insect-based food products are under development. I will invite you to understand how insects can be used as a food source to cover nutritional requirements, and investigate the increasing knowledge of how they can impact positively on the global warming crisis, food waste reduction, water/land saving, and finally how these can provide entrepreneurship opportunities in developed and developing economies.
Nutrition in gymnastics
Jessica Riman (PhD Researcher)
Gymnastics as a sport, is characterised by a series of skills and movements requiring agility, speed, strength, flexibility, and balance which is reliant on maximal muscular contractions and explosive movements. The high demands on gymnasts’ bodies and the amount of energy required for successful performance, coupled with the emphasis on body size and the relative age of most gymnasts, presents a unique and interesting challenge from a nutritional perspective. In this talk we will explore the challenges placed upon gymnasts and potential influences on nutritional intake.
The psychology of appetite and diet
Dominic O'Connor (PhD Researcher)
Diet has a huge influence on our health, and appetite is a major factor in determining what we eat... but what controls this? I will help us consider this question by talking about work being done within the Appetite Control and Energy Balance research group at the University of Leeds.