Navigation Links
Consumers need simple, concise messages about benefits of phytonutrients
Date:4/4/2012

An expert panel at the Institute of Food Technologists' Wellness 12 meeting urged the food industry to find simple yet powerful language to tell consumers about the many benefits of a diet rich in phytonutrients.

Phytonutrients are plant-based components that are thought to promote health, such as beta carotene and lycopene. They are typically found in fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and teas.

During Wednesday's discussion, the panelists noted that phytonutrients are very complex, and care must be taken when promoting their benefits to avoid the image of a "magic bullet." At the same time, consumers can grow weary of constantly changing nutritional recommendations, causing them to feel overwhelmed and possibly decide to forgo healthy eating altogether.

The solution is for the scientific community to agree on appropriate messages and then present those simply and consistently to consumers, said panelist Connie Diekman, M.Ed., RD, LD, FADA, director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis.

"It has to be easy for consumers to make this part of what they do in their diet," Diekman said. "When we question each other, the consumer really gets confused and thinks, 'If scientists can't agree, where does that leave me?'"

For example, Diekman noted that dark chocolate contains phytonutrients that can be very beneficial for health. However, the message to consumers must stress that these benefits are limited to dark chocolate not milk chocolate and that eating too much of any kind of chocolate can lead to serious health conditions such as obesity.

Diekman suggested promoting "strongly flavored, darkly colored" foods, and taking care to highlight the importance of phytonutrients as part of the whole food. Consumers should be encouraged to choose healthy plant-based foods because of how all the ingredients combine to produce health benefits.


'/>"/>

Contact: Stephanie Callahan
scallahan@ift.org
312-604-0273
Institute of Food Science & Technology
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Fish oil added to yogurt may help consumers meet daily nutritional requirements
2. Fast-food menu calorie counts legally compliant but not as helpful to consumers as they should be
3. Consumers dont pay as much attention to nutrition fact labels as they think
4. Natural-born consumers
5. Numera and HealthTrio LLC Form Partnership to Provide Objective Health Information for Millions of Consumers
6. Two-Thirds of Consumers Prefer Credit Card Verification by Fingerprint, According to Unisys Poll
7. Alcohol consumers are becoming the norm, UT Southwestern analysis finds
8. Carbohydrate claims can mislead consumers
9. The International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA) Sets New Course to Benefit Consumers, Businesses and Governments Across the Globe
10. AMP cautions consumers about direct access genetic testing
11. Consumers in European countries appreciate grain healthiness in diverse ways
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/17/2014)... 2014 Valencell, a leader in performance biometric ... to industry leaders such as Intel, Jabra, Atlas, and ... wearable products. These products will be showcased at CES ... Vegas . "Our partners choose ... robust – with the clinical data to back it ...
(Date:12/11/2014)... --Research and Markets , ... ) has announced the addition of the ... to their offering. One major ... technology. With continuous advances in technology, it is ... standard that meets the needs and expectations of ...
(Date:12/10/2014)... 8, 2014 You,ve been here before: you desperately ... remember your password, site key or the answer to your ... grade teacher? Today, Hoyos Labs , ... that will finally put an end to the frustration that ... . 1U leverages a user,s smartphone to acquire his ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Valencell PerformTek Biometrics Power the Most Accurate Wearables at CES 2015 2Biometrics Market in the APAC Region 2015-2019: Key Vendors are 3M Cogent, NEC, Safran and Suprema 2The Password is Finally Dead: Launch of 1U Mobile App Eliminates Need for All Usernames and Passwords 2The Password is Finally Dead: Launch of 1U Mobile App Eliminates Need for All Usernames and Passwords 3
... skin. Cancer is not a static disease but during ... defences adapting to new environmental circumstances, protecting against chemotherapy ... Until now little was known about the mechanisms ... is a particularly intriguing way in which a tumour ...
... of carbon in the world,s oceans, which cover 70 ... climate cycles, with many questions remaining unanswered. Between 200 ... "twilight zone" where insufficient sunlight penetrates for microorganisms to ... resident at these depths capture carbon dioxide that they ...
... of spring-run Chinook salmon in California by the end ... at UC Davis, the Stockholm Environment Institute and the ... for managing water resources to protect the salmon runs, ... Thompson, director of the Center for Aquatic Biology and ...
Cached Biology News:Why cancer cells change their appearance? 2Up from the depths: How bacteria capture carbon in the 'twilight zone' 2Warming streams could be the end for salmon 2
(Date:12/22/2014)... 2014 ITRA Global, one of the ... commercial real estate, has further expanded its global reach ... and Brisbane, Western Australia, reports Mylinda Vick, CCIM, Chairman ... ITRA Global / ACORPP (Australian Corporate Property and Projects) ... providing property services to a wide range of clients ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... MA (PRWEB) December 19, 2014 Charm ... MRLAFMQ test for the Detection of Aflatoxin M1 in ... to receive independent third party validation. The peer reviewed ... Unit of the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research ... Group. , Aflatoxin B1, the most toxic aflatoxin ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... Dec. 19, 2014  Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: ... Inc. (Bina), a privately held company based in ... Bina provides a big data platform for centralized ... data. Bina,s proprietary on-market Genomic Management Solution, Bina-GMS ... to perform fast and scalable analyses to maximize ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... , Dec. 19, 2014 Research and Markets ... addition of the "Technology Innovations in Smart ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ... Smart Fabrics" offers a detailed assessment on technological ... Key Findings: 1. The Smart ...
Breaking Biology Technology:ITRA Global Continues International Expansion in Perth and Brisbane, Australia 2Charm Sciences Achieves Independent Validation of First 15 Minute Quantitative Screening Method for Aflatoxin M1 2Roche acquires Bina Technologies and enters the genomic informatics market 2Roche acquires Bina Technologies and enters the genomic informatics market 3Technology Innovations in Smart Fabrics (Technical Insights) 2
... Physical Laboratory (NPL) is working to provide more reliable measurement ... which could lead to much more accurate devices in the ... in 1986. It uses a nano-sized probe to feel the ... Braille on an extremely small scale. The technique can also ...
... SEATTLE, Oct. 20 Adaptive TCR Technologies, a ... the release of its immunoSEQ™ profiling service and ... provide researchers and clinicians the ability to profile ... level of detail that has never before been ...
... ACCESS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (OTC Bulletin ... its proprietary drug-delivery platforms to develop treatments in areas ... has submitted additional patent applications, covering its Cobalamin-mediated oral ... drugs, as a result of the growing interest surrounding ...
Cached Biology Technology:Measuring the electrical properties of nano-crystals 2Adaptive TCR Launches the immunoSEQ™ Product Line - Visualizing the Immune System With Next-Generation Sequencing. 2Adaptive TCR Launches the immunoSEQ™ Product Line - Visualizing the Immune System With Next-Generation Sequencing. 3Access Pharmaceuticals Files Additional IP For Cobalamin Oral Delivery Technology 2Access Pharmaceuticals Files Additional IP For Cobalamin Oral Delivery Technology 3
MOUSE ANTI HUMAN B-CELLS (FMC7):FITC Immunogen: HRIK cells - Human B-Lymphoblastoid line...
... are ideal for use in refrigerators, freezers, or liquid ... vibrant colors allow for color coding to project, user, ... drainage or promote cool air circulation. Supplied with 9 ... tubes. Box dimensions: 13 x 13 x ...
RABBIT ANTI PARATHION...
RABBIT ANTI BACTERIAL HISTIDASE...
Biology Products: