How Sweet is the Evidence in Policy?

Session Track: Sugar Reduction: Nutrition Science
Session Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014; 12:45 - 1:15 p.m.

Session Description

Although there is a global trend toward dietary sugar in an effort to reduce chronic disease including obesity, the evidence that associates dietary sugar with these conditions is inconsistent. In addition, efforts to reduce obesity and therefore sugar intake may affect other public health issues such as clean water, nutrient inadequacies and malnutrition. This presentation explores the possible unintended public and personal health consequences of not regularly assessing global initiatives aimed at reducing dietary sugar. 

Speaker Information

Roger Clemens, Chief Scientific Officer, Horn

Dr. Clemens is Chief Scientific Officer of Horn and part-time faculty within the USC Regulatory Science program where he also enjoys an adjunct appointment as Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences within the USC School of Pharmacy.  He served as Scientific Advisor for Nestlé USA for more than 21 years.    Dr. Clemens has published more than 50 original manuscripts in nutrition and food science, participated in more than 300 invited domestic and international lectures, and served as an expert panel member for the food industry, scientific organizations, trade associations and regulatory agencies in the United States, Canada and Europe.    Dr. Clemens is a past president (2012-2013) of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and former member of the IFT Board of Directors.  He served on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. He cofounded, established and contributes to a Food, Medicine and Health column published monthly in Food Technology.  As a spokesperson for IFT and ASN, Dr. Clemens has been cited and interviewed by more than 500 domestic and international health journalists, and has appeared on numerous televised (e.g., Good Morning America, CNN, CBS 48 Hours) discussions on contemporary health, nutrition and food safety issues.