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Do Functional Foods work?

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'Do functional foods have a role to play in promoting a long and healthy life, and how much do they really contribute to good health?'

In the penultimate talk in the series, Professor Rastall, Head of the University's Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, will explain the science behind these foods and question whether they actually live up to their claims.

Professor Rastall said: "These foods promise a significant impact on public health with prevention of disease being better than cure. Because we are living longer as a society these products clearly have a role to play in promoting a long and healthy life, but how much do they really contribute to good health?"

"All our public lectures are given by researchers eminent in their field and in a manner that is easily understood by all", said Laura Walsh, organiser of the Public Lecture Series. "They offer a unique opportunity to learn about the cutting-edge research, teaching and people that make the University a world-class institute."

It will take place on Tuesday 16 March at 8pm in the Palmer Lecture Theatre, Whiteknights.

The last lecture in this series will be given by Professor Mike Fulford, Archaeology, School of Human and Environmental Sciences. Professor Fulford will talk about how University excavations are continuing in the Iron Age and Roman town of Calleva in Silchester, Hampshire.

Findings are producing plentiful evidence of the changing character of the settlement before and during the first generations of the Roman occupation of southern Britain. This lecture will explore the nature of these changes and their effects on relations between the inhabitants in the new regime. Tuesday 27 April, 8.00 pm Palmer BuildingWhiteknights

Lectures are open to everyone and no ticket is required. For further information please contact Laura Walsh at events@reading.ac.uk or by telephone on 0118 378 4313.

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