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Science Cafe: What is a Healthy Diet?

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Science Talks
Jan. 23, 2014 | Thursday, 7:00pm
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Discussion begins at 7pm followed by Q&A
Location: Nature Research Center - The Daily Planet Café

With the disturbing rise in obesity, heart disease, and diabetes over the last few decades, we all know we should strive to eat well, but what does "eating well" really mean?  Is red meat bad for us?  Should we be vegetarians?   Are eggs healthy?  Which is better - butter or margarine?  There are so many conflicting diet recommendations.  Who should we listen to?  Dr. William Yancy of Duke's medical school will share the results of the latest scientific studies comparing low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets, and will help dispel some of the most popular myths about our food choices.  Does eating fat make you fat?  The answers may surprise you.

About Our Speaker

Dr. William Yancy is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine and a staff physician at the Durham VA Medical Center.  He specializes in general internal medicine and has done extensive research into the impact of obesity on health.  Dr. Yancy has conducted studies that have compared different diets and their effects on weight loss, cardiovascular risk, mood, and other aspects of health.