The Carbohydrates Committee addresses outstanding scientific issues through discovery, research tools and translational messaging related to how carbohydrate-rich foods, food components and formulations are associated with consumption behavior, diet quality and health outcomes.
Why is this research important?
Carbohydrates are an important source of energy and nutrients in the food supply. The committee focuses its work on understanding sugar, fiber, and carbohydrate quality as they relate to human health.
Carbohydrate Forum 2020
Carbohydrate Quality Workshop 2017
Experimental Biology 2016
- Evidence Mapping: Resistant Starch Interventions and Health Outcomes - video
33rd International Symposium on Diabetes and Nutrition
- Session Video: Carbohydrate Quality in Diabetes: Towards Harmonization
Archer Daniels Midland Company
BENEO - Group
General Mills, Inc.
The Hershey Company
Kraft Heinz Company
Bruce Hamaker, Purdue University
David Klurfeld, PhD, US Department of Agriculture (retired)
David Baer, US Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service
Projects Supported by the Committee:
Sweetness is a sensation that contributes to the palatability of foods, which is the primary driver of food choice. Thus, understanding how to measure the appeal of sweetness and how to modify it are key to effecting dietary change for health.
Oral monosaccharides and disaccharides are used to measure in vivo human gut permeability through urinary excretion. Baseline 12C-mannitol excretion precludes its use; 13C-mannitol is the preferred probe for small intestinal permeability.
While there is some consensus around measures of glycaemic impact, others present opportunities for harmonisation.
Currently available evidence in animal models and in vitro systems has shown that certain dietary interventions can be used to reinforce the intestinal barrier to prevent the development of disease.
The National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative (NSSRI) is a partnership of organizations and health authorities from across the US. IAFNS hosted a dialogue with NSSRI to inform members on their approach to sugar and salt targets and implementation plans.
IAFNS organized the 12th Vahouny Fiber Symposium. The symposium will be held virtually. Please join us!
The 11th Vahouny Fiber Symposium, which covers the latest in fiber science, regulation, and policy.
IAFNS supported various sessions at the 2017 Experimental Biology Conference.
This Workshop facilitated an exchange of scientific and technical information with stakeholders involved in selecting science-based indices to use in communicating physiologic effects of carbohydrates in foods.
- Neurogensis and brain plasticity in the adult brain - Henriette van Praag, National Institute on Aging;
- The Relation of Exercise, fitness, & Adiposity to Cognitive and Brain Health - Charles Hillman, University of Illinois - Video
- Neuroinflammatory Processes in Cognitive Disorders - Sophie Laye, Universite Bordeaux - Video
- Exercise, Nutrition and Brain Funciton: What are the steps toward dietary and physical activity Recommendations? - Mary Ann Johnson, University of Georgia - Video
- Panel Discussion - Video
Sunday, 23 April 2017
- Intro to Predictive Modeling: From Linear Regression Models to Mechanistic Mathematical Modeling - David Allison, University of Alabama at Birmingham - Video;
- Use of Predictive Modeling in the Design of Clinical Studies Kevin Hall, NIDDK - Video;
- Application of Predictive Modeling in Weight Loss Counseling - Corby Martin, Pennington Biomedical Research Center - Video;
- Application of Predictive Modeling in Personalized Nutrition - Ben van Ommen, TNO - Video;
- Utility of PRedictive Modeling for Public Health Obesity Policies - Emily Dhurandhar, Texas Tech University - Video;
- Summary and Wrap-Up - Diana Thomas, West Point - Video
Supported by the IAFNS Protein Committee
- Full session playlist
Tuesday, 25 April 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Speakers: Kara Livingston, Tufts University; Caleigh Sawicki, Tufts University
Supported by the IAFNS Carbohydrate Committee Posters
Sources of dietary folate/folic acid in women of different races in the United States between 2009 and 2012: What is the role of fortified and enriched products?
Abstract Number: 6707
Poster Board Number C88
Presenter: Ray DeVirgiliis, George Washington University
Monday, 24 April
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The purpose of this workshop was to facilitate an exchange of scientific and technical information with stakeholders involved in selecting science-based indices to use in communicating physiologic effects of carbohydrates in foods.
The outcomes of this workshop are scientifically based summary statements for use in programs that communicate about carbohydrate quality, with the intent that future programs harmonize approaches by authoritative organizations throughout North America.Read the Workshop Summary Workshop Presentations Introduction
John Sievenpiper, MD, PhD, FRCPC Glycemic Index Initiative
Joanne Lewis and Carolyn Gall Casey - Canadian Diabetes Association Carbohydrate Quality
Sacha Uelmen, RDN, CDE - American Diabetes Association Claims Related to Glycemic Impact of Food: Health Canada’s Perspective
Alfred Aziz, PhD - Health Canada Scientific Basis for Communicating Carbohydrate Quality Glycemic Effect of Carbohydrate Containing Foods
Thomas Wolever, MA, PhD, DM GI Consumer Translation Experience
Alan Barclay, PhD Scientific basis of dietary recommendations related to carbohydrate food sources
Joanne Slavin, PhD, RD - University of Minnesota Consumer Perspectives
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