Nutrition & Health 2016 Snapshot
Success of Supplemental Feeding in China
Ying Yang Bao – a complimentary food supplement program run by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and ILSI Focal Point in China – celebrated 15 years of success in 2016. Three series of intervention trials consistently show Ying Yang Bao significantly reduces anemia and stunting, and improves cognitive development. With new support from the Chinese government, the program now reaches over 1.4 at-risk Chinese children.
Read about the inspiring Ying Yang Bao story here: YYB Story
Task Force on Dietary Fat
ILSI Europe has launched a new task force to review the science on the health effects of dietary fat: Qualitative Fat Intake Task Force
Impact of Food Fortification in South Africa
ILSI South Africa funded a review of dietary studies in children, initiated to determine the effect of flour and maize meal fortification, which became mandatory in 2003. The publication summarizing the review’s findings is available online at the journal Nutrients: Dietary Intake
Food Label Standards in Central America
Although there are harmonized technical regulations related to food labels in Central America, Panama does not participate in these. ILSI Mesoamerica organized a workshop in Panama to explain the food label’s role in public health and to review practices in Central America, the Caribbean, and the international community.
Information on the workshop, including copies of speaker presentations, is available online (in Spanish): Food Label Workshop
One ILSI Project: Healthy Aging
The One ILSI project to identify factors contributing to healthy vs. pathological aging is entering its third phase. ILSI Argentina; ILSI-India; ILSI Korea; ILSI Mesoamerica; and ILSI Taiwan are part of this collaborative effort being coordinated by ILSI Southeast Asia Region. Updated information on this project will be presented at the ILSI Annual Meeting in January 2017 and will be posted here soon.
USDA Branded Food Products Database
ILSI North America, US Department of Agriculture, and other partners launched the Branded Food Products Database; an online tool containing nutrient composition and ingredient information on branded foods and private label data. The newly available data will enhance NHANES, enable development of more sophisticated software so dietitians can better tailor diets to nutrition needs, and assist medical researchers in linking dietary intakes to health outcomes.
For detailed information on this collaborative effort, visit the the ILSI North America website: Branded Food Database
ILSI’s nutrition and health programs are comprehensive.
ILSI’s programs are designed to improve scientific understanding of eating behavior; nutrition throughout the lifecycle; food components that contribute to health beyond basic nutrition; and much more.
National governments and world bodies like the World Health Organization are concerned about acute and chronic nutrition-related disease, resulting from both under-nutrition and overconsumption. In almost all regions of the world and especially in many developing economies, increasing rates of obesity and subsequent comorbidities pose as series a threat as do anemia and other micronutrient deficiencies.
Also, governments, health professionals, and conscientious food manufacturers are concerned about the science supporting the myriad of product health claims promising more than essential nutrition. What is the level of evidence needed, and are some types of data better than others? Are standards for reporting out scientific findings sufficient to ensure consumers have complete and accurate information?
How ILSI’s Nutrition and Health Programs Help Make A Difference
Ying Yang Bao supplemental nutrition program reduces infant anemia by 48% and reached 1.4 million infants in rural China.
Project IDEA (Iron Deficiency Elimination Action) efficacy studies show a reduction in iron deficiency from 22.3 to 4.0% and in the prevalence of anemia from 24.7 to 8.5% in control groups.
Children participating in ILSI’s TAKE 10! in-classroom physical activity and nutrition program experienced higher physical activity levels (13%>), reduced time-off-task (20.5%), and improved reading, math, spelling and composite scores (p<0.01).