Nut-Symposium at the 12th European Nutrition Conference


October 5, 2015

The 12th European Nutrition Conference, the main event of the Federation of European Nutrition Societies will be held on October 20-23, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. INC has organized a nut-symposium at the last two conferences. FENS attracts more than 2,000 global nutritionists and food-related professionals.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Nutrition and health throughout life-cycle – Science for the European consumer”. Many sessions will focus on issues and new developments in the areas of food and nutrient intake, advances in dietary studies, public health, chronic diseases, food quality and safety.

The INC-sponsored symposium “New Findings on Nuts and Health” is taking place on Wednesday, 21 October 2015, from 4:30 – 6:00 pm, and will inform nutritionists and health experts about the latest developments in nuts consumption and cardiometabolic health, cognitive function, digestion, and microbiota. The symposium will bring together leading researchers from US and Europe, and will provide the opportunity to spread the benefits of nuts to a large group of health and nutrition experts.

Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó, Chairman of the INC World Forum for Nutrition Research and Dissemination, will speak about the latest scientific studies supporting that nut consumption is inversely associated with metabolic syndrome -a group of metabolic abnormalities that includes abdominal obesity, dyslipidemia, elevated blood pressure, and hyperglycemia.

Dr. Francine Grodstein, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in the USA, will talk about the strong relation between nut consumption and better cognitive function in older men. In particular, she will speak about the study “Long-term Nut Consumption and Cognitive Function with Aging” which examined the relation of nut intake to cognitive function (processing speed, attention, learning, and memory) in 1,587 men age 67 years and older.

Dr. Giuseppina Mandalari, from the University of Messina in Italy and the Institute of Food Research in the UK, will talk about nuts and digestion, and the bioaccessibility of nutrients and phytochemicals, which has important implications in the areas of disease prevention and management.

Dr. Volker Mai, from the University of Florida, will present “Tree Nuts and the Gut: Supporting a Healthy Microbiota”, highlighting that the natural fibers and phytochemicals that reach the proximal colon, such as those present in tree nuts, provide substrates for the maintenance of healthy and diverse microbiota.


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