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
- Health benefits of polyphenols
The Expert Group is working on a systematic review that 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.
Start date: February 2020 | End date: Q1 2024
- Biological age assessment: are you as old as your gut says you are?
The Task Force is organising a workshop to 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. The workshop will is taking place during the ILSI Europe Annual Symposium 2023 and a follow up report will be submitted for publication early 2024.
Start date: Q3 2023 | End date: Q1 2024
The Task Force will close after completing those two ongoing activities.
Health benefits of polyphenols
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
Background and objectives
The interactive workshop aims to address the key questions, limitations and challenges on biological ageing in the context of the gut microbiota and its role in immunosenescence.
1. To identify the relationship of biological ageing and gut microbiota
2. What is the impact of the ageing gut microbiota on immunity?
3. How can we counteract the adverse effects of biological ageing, focussing on diet, and physical activity?
Speakers and Participanting Experts
- Bryan Hanley, Academic Centre for Dentistry
Amsterdam (ACTA), NL
- Miguel Gueimonde, Spanish National Research
- Sonia Gonzalez, Universidad de Oviedo, ES
- Philip Calder, University of Southampton, UK
- Helene Jelena Cvejic, University of Novi Sad, RS
- Isabelle Savary-Auzeloux, Human Nutrition Unit
- Andrea Bertocco, Herbalife, UK
- Helene Jelena Cvejic, University of Novi Sad, SRB
- Kieran Tuohy, Fondazione Edmund Mach, UK
- Bryan Hanley, ACTA, NL
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2012;66(12):1280-1281. Commissioned by the Functional Foods Task Force.
British Journal of Nutrition. 2011;106:(2)S3-S15. Commissioned by the Functional Foods Task Force.
European Journal of Nutrition. 2003;42(1):3-119.
Completed Expert Groups
Overview of completed activities
- 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