Eat yourself healthy?!

Thursday June 28th

19:45 live music by 2MusE
20:15 speakers
Café Loburg

The title of the next science café may sound very straightforward, but is it really? In our daily life, we are confronted with many opinions about what is healthy, and these ideas are quite often conflicting. All those messages about what we should and should not eat make us confused, insecure, angry, or may be even indifferent, and we are not sure which information to trust. Can you use the information on the label of a product to decide whether a specific product is the healthiest choice for you? When can food producers for example state that a product contains a lot of vitamins or that the ingredients boost your immune system? Strangely enough you may find on the label of orange juice that it is a vitamin C-rich product, but you don’t see this on most oranges, so how is this possible?

In this science café, we will shed some light on these seemingly conflicting matters. Prof. Ellen Kampman will focus on the latest scientific evidence on foods, nutrition, and health and the way nutrition guidelines are produced. She discusses the type of studies that are conducted, their possibilities and pitfalls, and how to interpret the evidence. Dr. Alie de Boer, will share with us her insights into the European regulation on nutrition and health claims, how to scientifically substantiate these claims, and why these claims should be of interest for consumers and producers.

Prof. Ellen Kampman is a nutritional scientist, epidemiologist and Chair in Nutrition and Disease at Wageningen University. The research of her team focuses on the role of lifestyle in disease prevention and prognosis. She published more than 150 scientific papers and is a member of various (inter)national advisory and scientific committees. She studied Nutrition and Health at Wageningen University, was a visiting fellow at the Boston Harvard School of Public Health and received postdoctoral training at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle.

Dr. Alie de Boer is Assistant Professor at Campus Venlo of Maastricht University. She is a nutritional scientist (bachelor in Nutrition & Health from Wageningen University and master in Health Food Innovation Management from Maastricht University) fascinated by food law. As the founder and head of the Food Claims Centre Venlo, she studies how to scientifically prove that food is legally considered safe and healthy. She analyses the interplay between nutritional sciences and (European) food law and focusses on how to substantiate requirements regarding health claims and novel foods.