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.
Research Focus Areas:
- Advance scientific evidence and research tools to further understanding of how fiber relates to human health outcomes.
- Characterize nutrient intakes and overall diet quality of various carbohydrate restricted or modified diet patterns.
- Clarify and communicate research tools examining causal relationships between energy containing food/ingredients and body composition.
- Promote informed decision-making on food choices - focused on carbohydrate quality.
Archer Daniels Midland Company
BENEO - Group
General Mills, Inc.
The Hershey Company
Keurig Dr Pepper
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.
This perspective article summarizes the present scientific evidence focused on 1) the gut barrier as an important component of normal gastrointestinal structure and function in human health, 2) currently available modalities to describe the intestinal barrier and quantify its function in humans, and 3) providing possible associations between diet and normal gut barrier function among healthy or at-risk people.
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!
Low glycemic index foods for metabolic health: fact or fiction: Jeyakumar Henry, PhD, Clinical Nutrition Research Centre, Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR), Singapore
Annual Meeting Carbohydrates Forum Wednesday, January 9 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The 11th Vahouny Fiber Symposium, which covers the latest in fiber science, regulation, and policy.