James Wong, a Kew-trained botanist, science writer and London broadcaster advised the Department of Life Sciences students on how to improve the health benefits of food.
Posted: 27 February 2018
He provided guidance from his latest book How to Eat Better about three main ways to naturally improve the nutrients in food. He advised that by making small changes in selecting fruit and vegetable varieties, in how fruit and vegetables are stored, and how they are cooked will boost nutritional value.
He said “You can make any food into a superfood. The key to finding and improving nutritional benefits in fruit and vegetables is in their genetics and their contents. As a botanist obsessed with food, it is exciting how you can radically alter the chemical compositions of crops, even when they are sitting on your kitchen counter.”
In choosing food varieties, he gave an example of how selecting kale over ice berg lettuce results in having a higher nutritional value with 30% more vitamin K, 40% more vitamin C, and 50% more of Vitamin A. For storage, he explained that by placing mushrooms on a windowsill, they will be exposed to sunlight which increases their Vitamin D content. For cooking, he explained how the antioxidants in blueberries can be increased by heating them up for a few minutes.
James Wong is an internationally best-selling author and his new book How to Eat Better, provides simple tweaks to improve nutritional value of food with eighty recipes to put the theory into practice.
New research shows that mongooses living in large groups have more specialised diets
Dr Harry Marshall, Lecturer in Zoology at the University of Roehampton, has completed a study offering new insights to how animals living in groups affects animals’ foraging behaviour.
Posted: 15 March 2018
New study predicting locations of Tiger Sharks may help protect swimmers from potential attacks
A new study in the Department of Life Sciences has found that tiger sharks, a potentially dangerous species for swimmers, in several countries (including the United States and Australia) are most active and abundant in coastal waters of 22 degrees Celsius. This study enables ecologists to predict tiger shark population locations, which may aid in protecting swimmers from potential attacks.
Posted: 8 March 2018
Dr James Davies discusses new antidepressant findings on Newsnight
New research into antidepressants has generated much excitement in the media and the psychiatric community. The study has been described as 'finally putting to bed the controversy on antidepressants'. However, Roehampton's Dr James Davies suggests it may not be that simple.
Posted: 23 February 2018