CNS 2018: Looking at foods and diet holistically: new insights from the 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey and the principle of nutrient density
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- James House
- Angelo Tremblay
- Hassan Vatanparast
Looking At Foods And Diet Holistically: New Insights From The 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey And The Principle Of Nutrient Density (Breakfast Plenary)
Nutrition science and dietary recommendations have, at times, been focused on reducing single nutrients for better health; however, as science advances, an emphasis is being placed on the entire nutritional quality of foods and dietary patterns. This session will look at the concept of nutrient density and other food factors linked to health benefits and healthy diets, and will highlight new data from the 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey on breakfast and its role in helping Canadians to achieve daily nutrient recommendations and improve the overall health of Canadians.
Angelo Tremblay: Healthy Eating: A Concept in Constant Evolution
"Healthy eating for a healthy body" has always been and will remain a major focus for nutrition professionals and scientists. Traditionally, this focus has been oriented towards the prevention of nutrient deficiency. The concept of nutrient density was then important because of the necessity that a given amount of food provides an adequate amount of all nutrients needed by the body. Nutrient density remains an important concept to holistically evaluate the nutrition contribution of a food but with the emphasis in nutrition shifting from nutrient inadequacy to disease prevention. In addition, the impact of foods and diet patterns on metabolic health and their contributions to nutrient intake has become important. As nutrition science has evolved, other food related variables, such as food matrix, have been shown to affect metabolic health. Looking to the future, the notion of "food sustainability", has been a matter of scientific investigation and sustainability of the planet and diet cost are increasingly being considered in the path to healthy eating.
This presentation will look at the concept of nutrient density and the importance of holistically evaluating foods including a foods contribution to nutrient and food group intakes, and other factors in foods that impact metabolic health. The importance of diet quality and future considerations for healthy eating will also be discussed.
Hassan Vatanparast: Breakfast consumption of Canadians and its contribution to nutrient intake
Breakfast is an integral part of the diet across all age groups. Studies suggest routine breakfast consumption aids in maintaining metabolism and meeting nutritional requirements including increased intake of fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Literature also suggests routine breakfast consumption is associated with lower risk of obesity.
***Original Source: "2018 Annual Conference", Saturday, May 5, 2018
Last Updated: June 25, 2018
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