Bridge the Gap between Food Processing and Nutrition toward Healthier Processed Food
Nowadays, processed foods have become a topic of great controversy. As a credible and neutral scientific platform for open science discussion among tripartite entities, ILSI Taiwan hopes to correct some current misconceptions that the public holds about processed foods and bridge the gap between food processing and nutrition.
This is achieved by (1) designing a special one-day workshop in food processing for nutritional professionals so as toimprove nutritional professionals’ knowledge in food processing to avoid their misconception of processed foods and (2) by holding nutrition and food communication platforms meetings between food and nutrition professionals to design healthier processed food in the three categories of foods of interest.
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One ILSI Project: Healthy Aging
Globally, the demographic aged 60 or over is the fastest growing population. By 2050, it is estimated that, worldwide, this population will account for nearly a quarter of our global population. As our global population transitions towards an older population structure, understanding how different factors shape the aging process is becoming increasingly important.
Recognizing the value of the One ILSI approach, ILSI Taiwan is contributing to a One ILSI project on healthy aging. The project is a multi-country effort with two parts: a descriptive study collecting epidemiological information (demographics, health, lifestyle habits, education, household environment, economics) of the population aged 60 and over in participating countries and a narrative review gathering the best available evidence on various factors that influence healthy aging versus pathological aging. Spearheaded by ILSI Southeast Asia Region, countries that have committed to the project thus far include Taiwan, Brazil, Costa Rica, India, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. The goal of the project is to understand the dynamics of the elderly population worldwide, which requires a comprehensive framework that describes not just the general population structure, but also the individual and social consequences of aging. The purpose of the project is therefore to identify the factors that contribute to healthy aging worldwide and create a profile of healthy aging among the participating countries.
Currently, Dr. Meei-Shyuan Lee and Dr. Wen-Harn Pan are spearheading the research in Taiwan, examining various multidimensional factors that contribute to health aging such as socioeconomic indices, physical health, psychological and cognitive health, and disability status, drawing from the Nutrition and Health Survey in Taiwan (NAHSIT) and related publications.