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MONDELĒZ INTERNATIONAL'S PARTICIPATION IN THE 12th FENS EUROPEAN NUTRITION CONFERENCE: A focus on slowly digestible starch and whole grains

Mondelēz International R&D | November 2015

Every four years, the Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS) organizes a European Nutrition Conference. In 2015, the twelfth year of the conference, the event took place in Berlin, Germany from October 20th to 23rd. In total, about 1,700 researchers and representatives from industry, government and health media were present from multiple countries. The main objective of this conference was to combine efforts toward the development of research and education in nutrition sciences and to promote the importance of nutrition for public health in Europe.

Mondelēz International nutrition research and communications scientists had the opportunity to share their expertise:

  • We have conducted over twenty years of research into carbohydrate quality and more specifically into starch digestibility in cereal foods and its impact on postprandial metabolic responses. In order to provide the most recent state of the art on slowly digestible starch and its health interest, we organized a symposium entitled "Slow-release carbohydrates – Growing evidence on metabolic responses and public health interest". The forum session was coordinated by Prof. Martine Laville from Lyon University, France.

    - Slowly Digestible Starch: Definition, sources, and recognized interest on glycemic response, Sophie Vinoy, Nutrition Research Group leader, Mondelēz International R&D, France
    - Clinical evidence on the physiological effects of slow-release carbohydrates from cereal foods, Martine Laville, Professor of Nutrition at Medical school in Lyon 1 University and Director of the Human Nutrition Research Centre of Rhône, France
    - Interest of reducing postprandial glycemic response in prevention of metabolic diseases, Edith Feskens, Chair in Nutrition and Health over the lifecourse, Wageningen University, Netherlands

    Detailed proceedings and a conference summary report will be published during the first half of 2016. They will be available on this website.

  • We co-organized the HEALTHGRAIN FORUM symposium titled "Cereal foods and health – new results and science based nutrition guidelines". The symposium chair was Prof. Gabriele Riccardi, Federico II University, Naples, Italy. This symposium is in line with our public commitment to increase whole grains by an average of 25 percent across our global portfolio by 2020 (from a 2012 baseline). Presentations are available here. The report of the HEALTHGRAIN Forum Session – authored by Margaret Ashwell and Jan Willem van der Kamp – has now been published in Complete Nutrition Vol. 16 No. 1 (Feb/Mar 2016), p86-89.

    - Health benefits of cereal foods and components in our daily diet: an overview, Gabriele Riccardi, Federico University II University, Naples, Italy
    - Cereal fibre and psychological well-being in young and middle-aged adults, Clare Lawton, School of Psychology, University of Leeds, UK
    - Cereal fibre and wholegrain: impact on gut microbiota and health, Nathalie Delzenne, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
    - Science-based health messages to consumers and effective ways for increasing wholegrain consumption, Inge Tetens, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

  • We presented four posters about satiety, slowly digestible starch and glycemic response:

    - Lesdéma A, Piquenot E, Marcuz MC, Vinoy S. 2015. Validity of the performance of a panel trained in satiety assessment on food intake measures. View/download poster.
    - Meynier A, Lambert-Porcheron S, Roth H, Normand S, Laville M, Vinoy S. 2015. Effect of the intake of high-SDS product on metabolic and inflammatory markers in subjects with impaired glucose tolerance. View/download poster.
    - Meynier A, Wolever T, Brand-Miller J, Cazaubiel M, Jenkins A, Atkinson F, Gendre D, Vinoy S. 2015. Inter- and intra-laboratory variability of glycemic and insulinemic indexes. View/download poster.
    - Vinoy S, Goux A, Brack O, Meynier A. 2015. Relationship between in vitro and in vivo approaches on slow appearance rate of starch: a meta-analysis. View/download poster.

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