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Nutritional ecology and human health

06 / 09 / 16

This paper from The University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre introduces the revolutionary concept of ‘nutritional geometry’ that represents more than 20 years research.

This approach utilises a nutritional ecology model traditionally used in animal nutrition to consider how complex interrelationships between nutrients, food and diets affect human health, rather than single nutrients in isolation. The nutritional geometry framework enables foods, meals, diets or dietary patterns to be modelled in a multidimensional way to better identify patterns and links between diet, health and disease, and even how diet impacts on food system sustainability.

This paper represents a significant shift in thinking and is highly recommended reading.


Raubenheimer D, Simpson SJ. Nutritional ecology and human health. Ann Rev Nutr. 2016 July; 36:603-626. Availble from http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/10.1146/annurev-nutr-071715-051118