Seminar at Kings College London
About This Experience
Looking at cardio vascular health and saturated fats. Held at Kings College London and supported by the Alpro Foundation.
Much evidence was shown in respect to the above. Cohorts had gathered information in support of plant based eating and the link of cardio vascular health.
When Did The Experience Take Place?
10 March 2016
Product brochures containing much dietary information. Photo graphs of the slide presentation and of the outside of Kings. Plus the confirmation email of my booking.
This synopsisum was informative to me in relation to my studies. More and more I am realising the benefits of eating a diet lower in saturated fats and higher in PUFAs. This demonstrated that a plant based diet may make these nutrients more readily available.
A plant based diet does not exclude meat. Rather is a diet focused more on consumption of vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and certain unsaturated oils. The recommendation was to include around 1/3rd meat and 2/3rd plant based.
The speaker was keen to point out that this diet can be subject to error by the consumer. If he were to consume more wholegrain bread in the diet, this may be bread which needs carving; making the consumer prone to carving a larger portion of 50g rather than the recommended 30g. Shop bought bread may contain higher levels of salt than desirable. Therefore, a risk may be imposed to consume more salt.
While every diet discussed seems to have arguments for and against, I can clearly see the benefits of eating a full spectrum of colour in a plant based diet. Variety and balanced, this diet may well have convinced me that a lower intake of animal based fats may be beneficial to health. Also, I am keen to get out and buy a Nutribullet!
A final side note to take away from the evening, there is some limited studies on menopausal women and symptoms of menopause such as hot flushes. Soya bean products are thought to lower the symptoms in these women.
While watching the speakers and taking mental notes, I could see how the knowledge they have may have come across to the audience as easy to understand with one speaker, yet less easy to understand with the next speaker. This has also helped with my own presentation skills for the future and any speaking I may need to do.