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Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique Manchester

Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.

Cafe Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues, not a shop window for science. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable.

Where: Kro Bar on Oxford Road

When: 6pm on the last Wednesday of every month

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Date 30 July 2014
Title You are what you eat
Speaker Professor Emeritus Rod Bilton

Knowledge is the key to good health, and understanding how the human body works, and how to minimise the risk of a wide range of diseases common in the industrial world such as obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Although health is largely determined by lifestyle (diet and exercise), eating healthy foods is not as easy as it sounds. Too much power lies in the hands of the extremely profitable health and food industries. The complexity of choice is bewildering, and misleading information and aggressive but subtle marketing has led to confusion in the minds of the public. For example: ‘butter is bad, margarine is good’, ‘saturated fat is bad’, and ‘blood cholesterol must be lowered’. In each case there is no reputable science to support these statements. Controversies concerning diet and health are examined in detail with reference to the current obesity and diabetes epidemics, and the  conflicting interests of the food and health industries and the consumer. Join us to lean about the types of foods that optimise good health and an ideal body mass, and those that should be avoided.


Contact: Deborah Talmi, Bo Yao

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