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Welcome from the editor: moderation

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AUTHOR: Stef Bottinelli
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Welcome and thank you for joining me this weekend.

Is moderation the secret to eating and feeling well? A while back I was reading an article on Nutri-Score. The French journalist was mocking Italians for their moderation and control when it comes to food. Personally I don’t find eating in moderation a mockable offence, and I supposed it’s thanks to this mentality that Italy is still one of the slimmest countries in Europe (although, just like many other countries, Il Bel Paese has an obesity problem).

Certainly moderation for me was instilled at home (and quickly forgotten at my grandmother’s house, where I was allowed to eat to my heart’s content) and overall, aside from the occasional feast, I am still mindful about what and how much I eat. The main reason for this is that I like to feel well and energised, and I know certain foods will make me feel sluggish – and rubbish. Sugar for instance is something I do my best to avoid, both in food and beverages. It never seems to agree with me and I’ve noticed that I tend not to feel well after eating it, so I don’t.

This week we look at sugar and its effects on the body and psyche in The science of sugar: the impact on physical and mental health.

Professor Cathie Martin, Group Leader at the John Innes Centre and Professor at the University of East Anglia, who led the research project on vitamin D-rich gene edited tomatoes and Professor Guy Poppy, former Chief Scientific Adviser to the Food Standards Agency join the Food Matters Live podcast to discuss Are consumers ready for gene-edited crops?

With so much talk about protein and more and more people adopting a flexitarian, vegetarian or plant-based diet, we take a look at What the best vegan protein sources are.

How do food trends happen? Find out in one of our most popular features, From banana bread to baked feta: the psychology behind viral food and discover how nutrition can keep you healthy for longer in What are micronutrients, and what do they have to do with healthy ageing?

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Stef

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