Food Matters Live 2020, 13-14 October, virtual event

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Is it OK to Eat Red Meat?

Q&A Event

Tuesday 19 November, 14.00 – 15.00pm, Gallery Room 11

With vegan and vegetarianism at an all-time high, discussion surrounding the “dangers” of red meat consumption are more pervasive than ever. Amidst all of this, not much attention is lent to the essential nutrients red meat can actually provide, and the key role it can play in a healthy, balanced diet.

This event will bring together nutrition professionals from the Food Advisory Board, in an informative discussion focused on the key public misconceptions about red meat and the nutrients it contains, drawing on the latest academic research.

Hala El-ShafieNichola Ludlam-Raine and Dr Emma Derbyshire will debunk some of the most common recent myths pervading public discourse on the topic of red meat and health, supported by evidence based information.

Hosting the session will be Fiona Hunter, one of the UK’s leading nutritionists, registered dietitian, writer and broadcaster. Fiona has appeared on multiple broadcast platforms with credits including the BBC’s ‘Ever Wondered About Food?’, ‘The Club’ and ‘Woman’s Hour’.


Each member will do a 5-minute introduction, followed by a 45-minute Q&A discussion.

Questions will be opened up to the floor at the end.

About the Food Advisory Board

The Food Advisory Board is a group of diet, nutrition & health professionals, researchers, and agricultural experts. Their objective is to provide independent, objective, and evidence-based information on a wide variety of food groups that should comprise a healthy and balanced diet.

About the speakers

Hala El-Shafie

Hala El-Shafie is a consultant nutritionist with over 15 years’ clinical experience as a registered dietitian in both the NHS, private and corporate sectors. Hala has a unique understanding of the emotional and psychological issues often associated with food, and has created a holistic, client-centered approach that has brought her an extensive and loyal following, including a number of high-profile and celebrity clients. She is the founder of ‘Nutrition Rocks’, a lifestyle website that combines expert information and advice to help readers navigate the path to a healthy lifestyle.

Nichola Ludlam-Raine

Nichola Ludlam-Raine is a UK specialist registered dietitian, and published author in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietics. She has featured regularly on BBC Breakfast, ITV Tonight Show and Channel 4, and has had written expert commentary for the Mail Online, The Sun and The Mirror.

Dr Emma Derbyshire

Dr Emma Derbyshire holds a degree in Nutritional Biochemistry, a PhD in Human Nutrition (specialising in Maternal Nutrition) and is a registered public health nutritionist. Emma is an established scientist, writer and presenter. She has experience of working in academic, research and consultancy settings, has written over 150 peer-reviewed publications, and authored the successful Wiley-Blackwell text “Nutrition in the Childbearing Years” which sold internationally.