August 9 Café Scientifique focuses on deciphering dietary advice

by John McIntosh on August 7, 2011

Diet and nutrition are increasingly important topics to everyone from individuals to national policy makers. On the national policy side, obesity and type 2 diabetes are currently national epidemics. On the personal side, we receive advice and opinions on proper approaches to diet, weight loss and healthful eating that are often mutually exclusive and constantly changing.

National dietary guidelines published by the USDA/HHS went through their own recent change. The advisory food pyramid is gone, replaced by an iconic dinner plate (with no room left for dessert).

At Café Scientifique meeting on August 9, San Jose State professor Marjorie Freedman will host a discussion on nutrition and diet. As part of her talk, she will decipher the updated federal guidelines and discuss her research on environmental correlates of obesity, portion size reduction, nutrition labeling, and food waste. Doors open at 5:15 pm and the talk begins at 6:00 pm

Marjorie received her PhD in Nutrition Science from UC Davis and has worked in the field of nutrition for over 25 years. At SJSU, she is Associate Professor of Nutrition, Food Sciences and Packaging. Prior to joining SJSU, she worked in the food industry, for a non-profit educational company, and as a nutrition consultant.

Café Scientifique events, which are held at SRI Menlo Park, are open to all free of charge. Do not park at SRI’s main entrance (333 Ravenswood) but rather follow these directions.

Coffee, tea and biscotti are complimentary, provided by SRI; bring your own mug if you wish to avoid using disposable cups. Courtesy of Kepler’s there will be a drawing for a $30 gift card for books or merchandise at Kepler’s on El Camino Real in Menlo Park.


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