Protein Foods Across all Healthy Life Stages
Date: Monday, December 14, 2020
Time: 13:00 - 14:00 ET
Speaker: Dr. Rajavel Elango
University of British Columbia
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The latest version of Canada’s Food Guide, released in 2019, for the first time listed a nutrient, ‘protein’ as a food group. The ‘protein foods’ group was created by combining meat and alternatives with milk and alternatives, with an emphasis on including more plant based protein sources. While the depiction of the food guide as a simple plate model has advantages in messaging, this has also created some concerns with respect to what are considered protein foods, and why do we need them. The goal of this presentation will be to describe protein foods with examples, and why protein is important in the context of healthy individuals across different life stages, including the vulnerable groups of children and elderly.
- Understand what are protein foods and why protein is important in our diet.
- Understand how much protein we need based on the life stage.
- Discuss how we can achieve protein needs from different food sources.
About the Speaker:
Rajavel Elango Ph.D.
Dr. Rajavel Elango is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, and School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He is also an Investigator at the Research Institute, BC Children's Hospital.
Dr. Rajavel Elango’s research program focuses on the identification of dietary requirements for protein and amino acids, and protein quality of foods during key stages of growth and development, such as pregnancy, lactation and in childhood malnutrition using state-of-the-art stable isotope techniques. His research also focuses on disease/inborn errors of metabolism, and how non-invasive stable isotope based techniques can be used as diagnostic tools to measure effectiveness of new treatment and management modalities.
Dr. Elango was the recipient of the 2013 Vernon R. Young International Award for Amino Acid research from the American Society for Nutrition. Dr. Elango was part of the United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 2014 Expert Working Group on methods to assess protein quality of foods, and the FAO 2017 Expert Working Group on “Protein Quality Assessment in Follow-up Formula for Young Children and Ready to use Therapeutic Foods.
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This webinar is sponsored by Danone Canada.