Developing tools, guidance and supporting materials to scientifically substantiate health benefits of foods
Task Force Information
Develop guidance and tools to define the scientific substantiation of benefits of foods and food constituents for maintenance and improvement of health and wellness;
identify factors and compounds to help ensure health claims can meet regulatory standards;
help understand the role of the microbiome in metabolising food constituents and mediating health benefits of foods.
Task Force Members
|Prof. Kieran Tuohy – Co-Chair||University of Leeds||Professor||UK|
|Dr Andrea Bertocco||Herbalife||Director Scientific Affairs||UK|
|Prof. Jelena Helene Cvejic*||University of Novi Sad||Professor||RS|
|Dr Pascale Fança-Berthon||Naturex (Givaudan)||Category Technical Leader||FR|
|Prof. Bryan Hanley*||Academisch Centrum Tandheelkunde Amsterdam (ACTA)||Visiting Researcher||NL|
|Dr Oliver Hasselwander||IFF||Technical Fellow||UK|
|Mr Xavier Lavigne||Abbott Nutrition||Director, Regulatory Policy & Intelligence||BE|
|Dr Alexandra Meynier||Mondelēz International||Nutrition Scientist||FR|
|Ms Naomi Venlet||ILSI Europe||Scientific Project Manager||BE|
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Health benefits of polyphenols mediated by gut microbiome modulation and/or activity of microbial polyphenol-derived metabolites - Ongoing -
The resulting systematic review will give a better understanding of the mechanism of action and characterisation of the food related polyphenols, as well as the required dose for health benefits. This review may help to design future human intervention studies.
Biological age assessment - Upcoming -
Identify divergences between our chronological and biological clocks by focusing on our gut microbiome and correlate the microbiome’s biological ageing to dietary and lifestyle interventions.
Health benefits of polyphenols mediated by gut microbiome modulation and/or activity of microbial polyphenol-derived metabolites
Background and Objectives
Polyphenol consumption (present in dark berries, cocoa, nuts and others) has been associated with several cardiometabolic and cognitive function benefits. However, the mechanism of action is often not fully understood. The objective is to better understand this mechanism, investigating the effects of consumption of food related polyphenols and microbial polyphenol-derived metabolites on the gut microbiome and associated health benefits.
The resulting systematic review will give a better understanding of the mechanism of action and characterization of the food related polyphenols, as well as the required dose for health benefits. This review may help to design future human intervention studies.
Expert Group Members
Systematic Review of the Effects of the Intestinal Microbiota on Selected Nutrients and Non-Nutrients
Gut Microbiota Functions: Metabolism of Nutrients and other Food Components
European Journal of Nutrition 2018;57(1):1-24. Commissioned by the Functional Foods and the Prebiotics Task Forces.
Improving selection of markers in nutrition research: evaluation of the criteria proposed by the ILSI Europe Marker Validation Initiative
Nutrition Research Reviews 2017; 1-9. Commissioned by the Functional Foods Task Force.
Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Components of Foods
ILSI Europe Concise Monograph. 2015:1-34. Commissioned by the Functional Foods Task Force.
Markers for Nutrition Studies: Review of Criteria for the Evaluation of Markers
European Journal of Nutrition. 2013;52(7):1685-1699. Commissioned by the Functional Foods Task Force.
Completed Expert Groups
Overview of completed activities since 2021
Review of the Evidence Base for Population Targeted Protein Intake for Muscle Health
Identifying preferred approaches for quantifying the impact of modifying nutrient intakes
Joint nutrition cluster activity on ‘mechanistic insights into the gut-brain axis' in collaboration with Early Nutrition and Long-Term Health; Nutrition, Immunity & Inflammation; Nutrition & Brain Health; Prebiotics and Probiotics Task Forces