Sponsored Satellite Program
Dietary carbohydrates are our main source of energy and are found in a wide variety of both healthy and unhealthy foods. Various authorities have established dietary recommendations for carbohydrates, but even when consumed within recommended levels, complex carbohydrates, fibers and sugars have different impacts on risk for obesity, cardio-metabolic disorders and dental caries. Consequently, diets balanced for different types of carbohydrates may be beneficial. This session will explore four topics related to balanced carbohydrates. First, we will present the physiological responses to different types of carbohydrates and their impact on long-term health. Next, the impact of processing and food form will be explored. The third presentation will evaluate the impact of substituting refined carbohydrates with healthier carbohydrate sources on overall diet quality. Finally, we will propose clear, practical and validated approaches to help consumers identify healthier carbohydrate options and guide the food industry to develop and promote healthier carbohydrate-containing products.
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