By Raubenheimer, Professor DavidBy Simpson, Professor Stephen J.
What nature teaches us about the science of healthy eating. How is it that a baboon and a blob of slime mould instinctively know what to eat, yet humans can't seem to figure it out? When and why did we lose the basic knowledge to intuit what foods our body needs, and in what prop...ortions? All organisms trust their appetites to tell them what and how much to eat to ensure good health and reproduction. But unlike other species, the human appetite has gone haywire - we want foods that are terrible for us, and we can't seem monitor our own nutrition levels or our portion sizes. David Raubenheimer and Steve Simpson have been looking for answers in the animals they study. In The Power of Protein they take readers along on field trips and provide them with cutting-edge scientific knowledge of what drives the human appetite for food - especially protein - and how we can take control over what we crave. With this new understanding of biology, and following the authors' tips on quantities and types of foods, as well as awareness of our nutritional environment, we can reawaken our instincts for a healthy weight and a longer life.Read more
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David Raubenheimer is the Leonard P. Ullman Professor of Nutritional Ecology in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, and Nutrition Theme Leader in the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. He previously spent ten years as a Research Fellow and departmental Lecturer at Oxford. He and Stephen J. Simpson co-wrote The Nature of Nutrition: A Unifying Framework from Animal Adaptation to Human Obesity. Steve Simpson is the inaugural Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre and Professor in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney. The Charles Perkins Centre is a major initiative aimed at easing the burden of chronic disease through innovative, multidisciplinary research and education. After graduating as a biologist from the University of Queensland, Steve undertook his PhD at the University of London, then spent 22 years at Oxford before returning to Australia in 2005 as an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow, then ARC Laureate Fellow. Stephen and David Raubenheimer have developed an integrative modelling framework for nutrition (the Geometric Framework), which was devised and tested using insects and has since been applied to a wide range of organisms, from slime moulds to humans, and problems, from aquaculture and conservation biology to the dietary causes of human obesity and ageing. He has also revolutionised understanding of swarming in locusts, with research spanning neurochemical events within the brains of individual locusts to continental-scale mass migration. In 2007 Steve was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, in 2008 he won the Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, in 2009 he was NSW Scientist of the Year, in 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and in 2015 was made a Companion of the Order of Australia. Steve is also Executive Director of Obesity Australia and has been prominent in the media, including presenting a four-part documentary series for ABC TV, Great Southern Land.
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