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Protein foods and consumers: Enhancing protein literacy and food skills in consumers


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Joyce Slater


Joyce Slater, RD, MSc, PhD - University of Manitoba

Great strides have been made in understanding the impact of individual nutrients on human health over the past 50 years. Our nutrient dominant approach to food and eating recommendations, however, has not successfully mitigated the consumption of unhealthy diets and resultant high levels of chronic illness in the Canadian population. In this context, Canada's new Food Guide offers novel and seemingly straightforward guidance on how to consume a healthy diet; however, applying this guidance is challenging. Reaction to the 'protein foods' category exemplifies this. The emerging concept of 'food literacy' offers a robust framework for re-thinking the role of food (and nutrition) in health and well-being. Children and youth particularly would benefit from scaled-up food literacy education as a deep prevention strategy.

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Joyce Slater, RD, MSc, PhD

Joyce Slater is an Associate Professor of Community Nutrition in the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, at the University of Manitoba where she teaches public health nutrition. Joyce uses survey and mixed methods, and participatory approaches to conduct research on the role of food literacy in well-being; food and nutrition security; and nutrition surveillance. Her research has been funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Home Economics Foundation. Joyce is also a Registered Dietitian who worked in various provincial and national public health organizations before joining the University of Manitoba.

** Original Source: Protein Foods Workshop: Identifying Knowledge Gaps in Positioning "Protein Foods" to Canadian Consumers Thursday, October 17, 2019


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Last Updated: November 4, 2019

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