Profs' Food Research, Expertise Make Headlines

October 11, 2011 - In the News

Three University of Guelph food and nutrition researchers have been featured recently in the national media.

Prof. Alison Duncan, Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, appears today in the National Post. The article, which appeared in the Financial Post section, analyzes Guiding Stars, a system that Duncan co-invented with nutrition consultant Kelley Fitzpatrick. The program, which was launched by Loblaws in September, ranks foods according to nutritional value and is designed to help people make healthy choices while grocery shopping. Duncan is associate director (research) of U of G's Human Nutraceutical Research Unit.

Food science professor Massimo Marcone appeared on the popular CBC radio program Quirks and Quarks this past weekend. He took part in a segment called “Science Fact or Science Fiction?” that asks a scientist to set the record straight on a commonly held idea or belief. Marcone was asked whether microwaving food depletes its nutrients (science fiction, he said).

Geography professor Evan Fraser was quoted in a weekend Globe and Mail article about Canada’s lack of a national school meals program and the need for a cultural shift in thinking about food. Fraser is the author of Empires of Food: Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Human Security.

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