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Human food chain

Understanding how eating animals can affect our health

Our health is determined by what we eat. Our researchers are investigating how the animals we consume could affect human wellbeing.

Our health is determined by what we eat and by the diet and production conditions of the animals we consume. The single nutrient approach, which demonises fat, carbohydrates or sugar as individual causes of the obesity crisis has now run its course.

We provide a framework for not only thinking about, but also experimentally testing issues around dietary balance. We seek to understand and optimise the relationships between the diets and the rearing conditions of production animals, their nutritional composition, and impact on human health. 

When animals are harvested from the wild, we have little influence over their diet and body compositions, but when they are sourced from agriculture, it’s somewhat within our control.

Using nutritional geometry, the study of how nutrients and other dietary components influence health and disease, to construct explanatory and predictive models of animal production systems.

Rather than focusing on any one nutrient in isolation, we provide a unique method of unifying observations from many fields so we can better understand how nutrients, foods and diets interact to affect health and disease in humans.

Our work assists researchers in observing otherwise overlooked patterns in the links between certain diets, health and disease.

We will use nutritional geometry in combination with experiments and analysis of data from our recently published literature to construct predictive models of animal production systems. 

Project Node Leader

Professor David Raubenheimer
Professor David Raubenheimer
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Project Node Leader

Dr Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska
Dr Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska
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