Understanding the links between carbohydrates and health
Task Force Information
The Task Force focuses on understanding the link between carbohydrates and public health, particularly regarding glycaemic control and the role of dietary fibres. To do so, identifying the types and quantities of carbohydrates that should be consumed to optimise health is key.
Task Force Members
* Scientific Advisors
- Carbohydrates in toddlers’ nutrition
The EG aims to collect scientific evidence about digestible and non-digestible carbohydrates in relation to health outcomes for toddler nutrition (1-3 years inclusive), taking into consideration complementary food as well as young child formula. The activity is shared with EHNL Task Force.
Start date: December 2021 End date: Q2 2023
- Carbohydrate and Protein intake interaction during aging
The activity aims to review and publish evidence on possible influences of the type of carbohydrates (digestible and non-digestible) and protein ingestion on post prandial metabolism at acute and medium to long term effect.
Start date: March 2023 | End date: Q4 2024
- Precision nutrition
There is increasing evidence that one size does not fit all and that personalised nutrition/lifestyle approaches may help in reversing the increasing prevalence of chronic metabolic diseases. The activity will address the definition, approach, and translation of personalised nutrition into prevention practice and perspectives.
Start date: Q3 2024 | End date: Q3 2026
Carbohydrates in toddlers’ nutrition
Background and Objectives
The aim of this work is to compile and systematically review the current evidence from primarily intervention studies as well as observational studies and further suitable information on physiological and health outcomes of digestible and non-digestible carbohydrates consumption for toddlers (1-3 years meaning from 12 till 47 months). With this activity, the task force expects to identify the gaps in research on knowledge of digestible carbohydrates and NDCs in relation to safety, physiological outcomes, and health benefits and to provide recommendations to the scientific community about how to fill these gaps.
The resulting scientific publications and webinars will aim at assessing and providing with evidence to the global scientific community.
Expert Group Members
Carbohydrate and protein intake interaction during ageing
Background and objectives
This activity aims to review and publish evidence on possible influences of the type of carbohydrates (digestible and non digestible) co-ingested with proteins on post-prandial metabolism at acute (within a day) and medium to long term effect (several days to months) :
- The effect of proteins on carbohydrate metabolism and blood glucose homeostasis.
- The effect of carbohydrates on muscle protein synthesis and breakdown and muscle mass.
The resulting scientific publication may be applied in selecting carbohydrates and proteins to better adapt the protein & carbohydrates quality to target a healthier profile of foods. It may help to:
- Optimize the mix of carbohydrates and proteins to minimize the potential deleterious effects of some carbohydrate on health (i.e. potentially limiting exacerbation of glycemic excursions)
- Compensate for poorer quality or intakes/ utilisation of proteins (e.g. plant-based diets, ageing populations), and also highlighting research gaps.
Expert Group Members
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2008;87(1S):201S-274S.
To summarize current knowledge and gaps regarding the role of postprandial glycaemic response in the paediatric population, a workshop was organized in June 2021 by the European branch of the International Life Science Institute (ILSI). The workshop led to the consensus on the crucial role on health of postprandial glycaemic response in paediatric population.
Obesity Reviews. 2012;13(10):923-984. Commissioned by the Dietary Carbohydrates Task Force.
Advances in Nutrition (2020). Commissioned by the Dietary Carbohydrates Task Force