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Rome, 14 November 2011 - IPO and Oldways organized and sponsored the Symposium Session on the Scientific Consensus about the Healthy Pasta Meals, held on Friday 28 October in Madrid at the 11th European Nutrition Conference “Diversity vs Globalization, a nutritional challenge for a changing Europe”, an event attended by 2000 doctors, dietitians and researchers from around the world organized by the Federation of European Nutrition Societies.

Oldways President Sara Baer-Sinnott moderated the panel kicking off the topic by Introducing the Context for the Healthy Pasta Meal IScientific Consensus Statement.

Panelists included three members of the IPO Scientific Advisory Committee:

Jaime Rozowski, PhD, Professor of Nutrition at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, speaking on "The Importance of Total Diet and Pasta's Role in a Healthy Total Diet – the Mediterranean Diet."

Marta Garaulet Aza, PhD, Dr.PH, Professor of Physiology and Nutrition, University of Murcia (Spain), speaking on "Weight Loss and Maintenance – It's Calories, Not Pasta or Carbs." Dr. Garaulet, who recently received Europe's top award for her weight management programs, recounted the role that the Med Diet, including pasta, plays in changing lifelong eating habits for the healthier.

Nuno Borges, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology and Nutrition, University of Porto and University of Minho (Portugal), speaking on "Increased Vegetable Consumption, Affordability, and Cultural Traditions: More Positive Public Health Benefits for Pasta." Dr. Borges shared recent research on the associations between pasta consumption and other healthy outcomes.
 

The panelists pointed out that while its nutritional benefits have been questioned by low-carb advocates, in fact pasta is a powerhouse in its worldwide contributions to nutrition. It is a part of cultural traditions worldwide, going way beyond Italian spaghetti to Japanese soba, Pad Thai, Mexican fideo soups, and other favorite dishes from every continent. Pasta starts off healthy, then becomes even more so as the addition of vegetables, legumes, healthy oils, fish and other foods transform into a complete and balanced healthy pasta meal.

 

Plus, in trying economic times like these, pasta's affordability makes it a regular feature at tables everywhere.

Oldways Director of Food and Nutrition Strategies Cynthia Harriman wrapped up the panel with a lively Roundtable Discussion, completed with questions from the audience.

The presentations from the panelists can be downloaded below:

 

Sara Baer-Sinnott
The Scientific Consensus about the Healthy Pasta Meal

Jaime Rozowski
The Importance of Total Diet and Pasta's Role in a Healthy Total Diet – the Mediterranean Diet

Marta Garaulet Aza
Weight Loss and Maintenance – It's Calories, Not Pasta or Carbs

Nuno Borges
Increased Vegetable Consumption, Affordability, and Cultural Traditions: More Positive Public Health Benefits for Pasta

 

 

The FENS conference was a great opportunity at which to share the Scientific Consensus Statement on Healthy Pasta Meals approved by 17 scientists from 13 countries at the Scientific Consensus Conference held  last year in Brazil during the 4th World Pasta Congress.  

Symposium program handouts and accompanying information material, including the new Pasta for All Brochure, were distributed to all the participants. The IPO and Oldways logos were also displayed in the FENS Conference program as sponsoring.

For further information:

FENS press release about the FENS Conference program, mentioning the Symposium;

Symposium Program handout, including abstracts of the presentations and speakers' bios.
 

 

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