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Welcome from the editor: mens sana in corpore sano

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Ancient Roman gladiator

Welcome and thank you for joining me this weekend.

You might have heard the term ‘mens sana in corpore sano‘. Coined by Roman poet Juvenal, this latin phrase means ‘healthy mind, healthy body’. Juvenal knew a thing or two about health and food, and despite the occasional debauched banquet, optimal nutrition was very important to ancient Romans. After all, you don’t build an empire and keep it going for 1000 years on a packet of crisps and a couple of bourbon biscuits.

Yet with all the information and misinformation out there, health and nutrition can be nebulous and confusing concepts sometimes.

This week we go beyond myths and superstitions and explore Nutrition in pregnancy: foods to eat, foods to avoid and the truth about cravings.

We also take a trip back to ancient times and forward to the future to see how our taste has been shaped and what will drive future innovations in The evolution of taste: flavours of the past, present and future.

Michele Cecchini who leads work on Public Health at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development joins the Food Matters Live Podcast to shed some light on Why the UK is heading towards having Europe’s highest obesity rate and what can be done to stop this epidemic and improve the health of our country.

And if you are on a bit of a health kick, don’t miss this week’s most read: What is non alcoholic prosecco? And Is a plant-based diet healthy?

Valeas quam optime,



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