Science and nutrition
Learn more about the biochemistry of foods, balanced diets and modern eating patterns. Food science and nutritional epidemiology are fields of biomedical science committed to making an impact on nutrition and improving population health. Epidemiology is the science of disease patterns and behaviour. Through the involvement in the project of nutrition specialists, members of the public will understand and experience the differences between modern diets and those of several hundred years ago, focusing on food quality, food processing, choice and the whole concept of ‘healthy’ foods. Recent research at Leeds in these fields focuses on polyphenols, antioxidants and flavonoids (the biochemistry of ‘healthy’ food) and on the impact of caffeine and fruit on the diets of pregnant women and children.
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