Urbanisation has had a great influence on peoples' food habits. Rather than feeding oneself of their family plot, people massively buy at the food stores. What is good for us, what are good agricultural practices? What diet is sustainable for both ourselves and our earth? Our distance to food is extending whilst our knowledge of food is dissolving. Therefore, we turn to scientist and experts to tell us what to eat to stay healthy.
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Studies such as Ancel Keys’ Seven Countries Study has dominated our thinking on the effects of diet on our health for centuries. This controversial study has led us to ban fat from our diet. Until others claimed that sugar, not fat, was at the root of heart disease and other human ills. Other claimed that we had to go back to our pre-agricultural food pattern, the so-called Paleo diet. The food confusion is complete.
So, what should we eat to stay healthy then? The theories of optimal diets are ever expanding. In his column, Janno Lanjouw will discuss the importance of having this discussion. He will take a critical perspective, treating nutrition not only as a process of nourishing and sustaining bodies but also as a set of ideas that influence how people think and behave.
Our second speaker is Astrid Postma-Smeets, she has been working as a senior nutritionist since 2010 at the Dutch Nutrition Centre Foundation (Voedingscentrum). Tonight Astrid will elaborate on the Schijf van Vijf, and why we should follow it.
The presentation is followed by a panel discussion.We ask ourselves whether there is such a thing as an optimal diet and we will consider the factors that might support or challenge this idea.