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Why Most People Fail to 'Get the Fats Right' - and How You can do Better!

Dr Alex Richardson


24 Nov 2015 - FAB Research

Many thanks indeed to everyone who attended today's special seminar in London:

'Getting the Fats Right: the Importance of Dietary Fats for Health, Wellbeing and Performance'

Hopefully, you will now have a better understanding of why the fats in our diets are so very important - and why it is that most people (even those who think they eat a 'healthy diet') still so often get their fats badly wrong!

For those who wanted to attend this seminar, but were unable to do so:

It was a real pleasure to be able to spend a whole afternoon sharing a huge amount of information on this very important topic - including some of the very latest findings from research in this area.  Each year, I give a great many talks, lectures and seminars to a wide variety of audiences, but the time available is usually far too limited to be able to give more than a very brief overview covering just one or two subject areas.  

By contrast, this special seminar allowed more detailed coverage of the different kinds of dietary fats (especially the essential omega-3 and omega-6 PUFA) - which remain an area where there is still much confusion and misinformation even among health professionals and researchers (let alone policymakers). 

It also allowed me to give far more information than is usually possible re their implications for brain and body health across the lifespan, including the latest research from randomised controlled trials in
- pregnancy and infancy
- children with and without behaviour and learning problems
- healthy adults, and those with depression, schizophrenia or other mental health conditions
- older adults with age-related cognitive problems and dementia

The question-and-answer sessions also allowed more discussion than is usually possible; and it was particularly inspiring to be able to meet and talk with so many of you during the informal discussions before and after my talks, and in the break.

FAB Research was first set up more than 12 years ago to meet the huge demand for accessible, evidence-based information on the importance of nutrition for mental health, wellbeing and performance - and we remain committed to providing this to the widest possible audience.
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Once again, I'm very grateful to all those who made this Special Seminar possible, including the FAB Research team, and the main sponsor of this event, Wiley's Finest.