Expo Briefings

At the 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, attendees had the opportunity to learn without leaving the Expo floor! Nine 20-minute sessions were presented by exhibitors on a variety of scientific and evidence-based topics throughout the event in the Expo Briefing room directly in front of Booth 1415 in the Expo Hall. The schedule of those events from this past FNCE® are below.

Sunday, October 19

11:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Expo Briefing – The Emerging Role of Blueberries in Hypertension and Vascular Function in Women

Hypertension, vascular dysfunction, inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption and lack of physical exercise are all health risk factors leading to cardiovascular disease. In this session, Dr. Johnson will present emerging health research to demonstrate how blueberry consumption may play an important role in hypertension and vascular function in postmenopausal women.
Presented by the US Highbush Blueberry Council

  • Moderating: Leslie Wada, PhD, RD, LDN, FADA
  • Presenting: Sarah Johnson, PhD, RD, CSO

12:15 – 12:35 p.m.
Expo Briefing - Satiety: The Next Frontier for Oats

Oatmeal has been a "health food" for more than a century. In the 1980s the body of evidence to support the relationship between oats and heart health was established and by the 1990s it was strong enough to be awarded the first health claim for a food product. Now studies are proving that grandma was right and that oatmeal does "stick to your ribs." This session will present the methodology used to study satiety, and the proposed mechanism of B-glucan viscosity that are being explored to add to a growing body of science linking oatmeal to satiety.
Presented by PepsiCo, Quaker

  • Moderating: Jodee Johnson, PhD
  • Presenting: Candida Rebello, MS, RD, LDN

12:45 – 1:05 p.m.
Expo Briefing - Snack Happy: Small Steps and Simple Strategies for Healthier Diets

Research from the USDA ARS tells us that about one third of calories consumed come in the form of snacks – often in the form of "empty" calories. In this briefing, Dr. Keith Ayoob will discuss the research on how snacking behaviors have evolved and why RDNs need to lead positive change in snacking towards nutrient rich snacks. Building on insights and research that shows the need for education on nutrient rich snacking, Dr. Ayoob will translate data and experience into practical applications, strategies and simple education approaches for health practitioners to help change discretionary snacking into nutrient rich snacking.
Presented by Dannon

  • Moderating: Jessica Smerling, MS, RD
  • Presenting: Keith Ayoob, EdD, RD, FADA

1:15 – 1:35 p.m.
Expo Briefing - Heart Benefits of Corn Oil Compared to Extra-virgin Olive Oil

Extensive research supports that diets high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) from vegetable oils, especially those high in phytosterols, effectively lower the risk of heart disease. Sterols also have been shown to lower the risk of heart disease. Corn oil, the oil highest in sterol content, serves as the gold standard against which other oils' effectiveness is tested. Join us as we discuss the results of a recent controlled feeding study that compares corn oil to extra virgin olive oil relative to reductions in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, corn oil’s mechanism of action and the latest on vegetable oil research.
Presented by ACH Food Companies, Inc.

  • Moderating: Pete Friedman, BS, MS Chemical Engineering
  • Presenting: Constance J. Geiger, PhD, RDN, LD

Monday, October 20

9:35 - 9:55 a.m.
Expo Briefing – The State of Snacking: Consumer Topics and Trends

More and more Americans are seeking snacks that act as "mini-meals" and provide not only sustenance, but also nutritional value and convenience. Where are they eating? What types of ingredients do they look for? And during what times of the day do they find themselves searching for snacks? Join us as we unveil the latest snacking trends and discuss new ways for dietitians to help influence smarter snacking choices and expand their clients’ snacking horizons.
Presented by SOYJOY

  • Moderating: Lauren Shelar, MBA, RD
  • Presenting: Patricia Bannan, MS, RDN

11:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Expo Briefing - Translating Protein Science into Dietary Guidance

There has been speculation that the 2015 Dietary Guidelines will have a greater emphasis on protein. In this session, a leading subject matter expert will discuss the latest research on the role of protein in developing and maintaining lean muscle mass not only for weight loss, but also performance and healthy aging. There will also be a focus on the importance of protein quality, quantity and frequency and how to communicate dietary guidance to consumers in different life stages.
Presented by Daisy Brand

  • Moderating: Laura Hershey, MBA, RD
  • Presenting: Chris Mohr, PhD, RD

12:15 – 12:35 p.m.
Expo Briefing - Prunes for Bone Health: Building Strength through Research

Dr. Shirin Hooshmand will present the results of new research that looks at daily prune intake on bone health, with a smaller dosage than previous studies. The new study found that 50g of prunes per day (5-6 prunes), also suggests a positive impact on bone health when looking at markers of bone formation and bone resorption compared to 100g of prunes per day (10-12 prunes), which was previously examined by Dr Hooshmand. The results of this study are expected to be released in Summer/Fall 2014. As many as 52 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, and studies suggest that one in two women and up to one in four men ages 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis. This session will review the emerging research around this exciting new area of preventative nutrition, while also discussing practical tips for consumers to strengthen their bones.
Presented by Sunsweet Growers, Inc.

  • Moderating: Amber Wilson, MS, RD
  • Presenting: Shirin Hooshmand, PhD

12:45 – 1:05 p.m.
Expo Briefing - Dietary Quality: How Sweeteners Fit

The concept of dietary quality, which is based on a variety of authoritative recommendations, continues to be a hot topic among both consumers and food and nutrition professionals. Join your expert colleagues at this briefing to further discuss the definition and key factors impacting dietary quality. A close examination of how sugars and sweeteners can fit into an overall high quality eating pattern will also be addressed.
Presented by the Corn Refiners Association

  • Moderating/Presenting: Rosanne Rust, MS, RD, LDN

Tuesday, October 21

11:30 – 11:50 a.m.
Expo Briefing – Canned Food and Diet Quality in Children: New NHANES Research

Health professionals know that canned foods should be a staple to help Americans meet dietary recommendations and are in need of new sound bites to inspire consumers to stock their pantries. New research from the Canned Food Alliance can help Registered Dietitians to better communicate the impact canned fruits and vegetables can have on diets of American children.
Presented by the Canned Food Alliance

  • Moderating: Dasha Shor, RD
  • Presenting: Marjorie Freedman, PhD
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