Understanding the links between carbohydrates and health

Background

There is considerable evidence on the role of Carbohydrates in the development of non-communicable diseases.

Objectives

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.

Impact

Since 2003, the Task Force has published 11 reports, including 3 concise monographs and 8 peer reviewed publications. The latter have been published in Journals with Impact factors ranging from 3.1 to 8.5.
On average the peer-reviewed publications are cited 158 times. The publication of the ‘Impact of Postprandial Glycaemia on Health and Prevention of Disease’ (Blaak et al., 2012) was already cited 247 times. Livesey et al., 2008, was cited 437 times.
The outputs of the task force are widely disseminated in more than 20 major international conferences. For 2019, this includes 2 presentations at the 13th European Congress of Nutrition (FENS2019).
The Task Force organised a webinar on Dietary Glycemic Exposures for Sustained Dietary Interventions in Populations without Diabetes. Professor Edith Feskens (Wageningen University & Research) presented the latest publication from Task Force and discuss the responsiveness of 6 possible alternatives to HbA1c as markers of sustained variation in glycemic exposures and thus their potential applicability for use in dietary intervention trials in subjects without diabetes.

For more detailed information, please contact Matthieu Flourakis at mflourakis@ilsieurope.be or Toula Aslanidis at taslanidis@ilsieurope.be

Task Force Members


* Scientific Advisors

Expert Groups

Relevance of Carbohydrates in Infant Nutrition

Background & Objectives

The aim of this work is to collect and assess the global scientific evidence to provide answers regarding the safety, tolerance, role (allergenicity), physiological health benefits and potential drawbacks in relation to growth, nutritional suitability, digestibility, metabolic impact and sweetness, among others; of both digestible and nondigestible carbohydrates. The study will focus on the period from 1 to 3 years of age.

Output
The resulting scientific publications and web-seminars will aim at assessing and providing with evidence to the global scientific community.

Workshop Organising Committee ‘Health Relevance of Lowering Post-Prandial Glycaemia in Children and Adolescents through Diet’ In collaboration with the Early Nutrition and Long Term Health Task Force

Background & Objectives
The workshop is planned for April 2021. The main objectives are to:

  • Discuss the literature on the impact of lowering post-prandial glycaemic responses on health outcomes in infancy, childhood and adolescence.
  • Debate the role of limiting high glycaemic excursions for metabolic disease prevention, with a specific focus on glycaemic control and risk markers related to metabolic disease prevention (T2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease)
  • The way by which lower post-prandial glycaemia is obtained will be discussed especially regarding the long term effect.

Output
The outcomes of the workshop will be published as proceedings to reflect the state of the art in the field.

Characterisation of and Criteria for Glycaemic Exposure Markers in the Non-diabetic Population

Background & Objectives
There is broad consensus that the maintenance of blood glucose concentrations within the normal range is beneficial for health.

The goal of this project is to:

  • identify glycaemic exposure markers in nondiabetic population;
  • identify possible further research needs.

Output
This expert group is finalizing a systematic review to improve the recognition of alternative markers. This stimulates greater consideration of their potential use in intervention studies of foods and diets, particularly in the general (nondiabetic) population.

A web-seminar on ‘Dietary Glycemic Exposures for Dietary Interventions in Populations without Diabetes’ took place on September the 9th 2020. The chair of the Expert Group, Prof. Edith Feskens, introduced the results of the EG’s latest publication. Watch the web-seminar here

Expert Group Members

Relevance of Carbohydrates in Infant Nutrition
Expert Group members to be determined

Workshop Organising Committee ‘Health Relevance of Lowering Post-Prandial Glycaemia in Children and Adolescents through Diet’ In collaboration with the Early Nutrition and Long Term Health Task Force

Characterisation of and Criteria for Glycaemic Exposure Markers in the Non-diabetic Population

Poster

Impact of Postprandial Glycaemia on Health: Role in Body Weight Control and Diabetes Prevention

Publications

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