The IAFNS Working Group on Foods, Diets and Bioactives for Health Promotion advances translational nutrition research prioritizing real world cognitive health outcomes with meaningful impact on quality of life from adolescence through older age. 

Why is this important?

Neurocognitive health is central to quality of life. However, dietary guidance and food development that support the optimal brain in “generally healthy” populations is limited. The 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee explored neurocognitive health through several systematic reviews and was faced with a literature having “considerable variation in testing methods, inconsistent validity and reliability of cognitive testing methods, and differences between dietary patterns and cognitive outcomes examined,” reducing the ability to draw conclusions.

Understanding how foods, nutrients, diets and bioactive food components support optimization and maintenance of cognitive performance has potential for significant societal and public health benefit including improved academic performance, reduced healthcare costs, and increased quality of life, and extension of the “healthspan” aligned with our extending lifespan. This new IAFNS Working Group aims to advance knowledge related to the impact of foods, diets and bioactives on our day-to-day quality of life by supporting cognitive health.

Overarching Themes to be Addressed:

  • Advancing research methods that prioritize outcome measures with real-world impact.
  • Advancing research approaches emphasizing causal pathways linking diet with cognitive health

* The Working Group is officially starting Summer 2021. If you are interested in more information, please contact


(The committee composition is in development.
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