Metabolism Matters as Much as Calories

Session Track: Weight Management
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012; 3:20 – 4:20 p.m.

Session Description:

Weight management has focused on calories and sugar reduction for decades. Consumers are conditioned to know that they will gain weight when they eat more energy than they use, and vice versa. However, these strategies are less than effective in enabling and sustaining weight loss. This session will examine some of the underlying metabolic parameters that are linked with fat metabolism and will offer metabolic approaches that may extend nutritional options with regards to weight management. The role of fat in the liver as an early indicator of insulin resistance, and the scientific evidence illustrating how the quality of carbohydrates impact insulin resistance, also will be explored. 

Speaker Information:

Rodger Jonas, M.S., Director of National Sales, PL Thomas Inc.Rodger Jonas
Rodger Jonas is a Food Scientist who has spent his career focused on developing value added, functional and nutritional ingredients. He is the Director of National Sales for the PL Thomas Corporation and has patents in multiple application areas. His efforts include application development, which is of equal importance to the discovery of, clinically proven ingredients. Rodger has a BS in Microbiology from Cornell University, MS in Food Science from Penn State University and a Masters in Business from Central Michigan University.


Christine Pelkman, Ph.D., Clinical Program Manager, Corn Products InternationalChristine Pelkman
Dr. Christine Pelkman is a nutrition scientist with expertise in food intake control and the effects of dietary carbohydrates and fiber on human health.  She earned a PhD and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Pennsylvania State University.  Prior to joining the food industry, Dr. Pelkman served as an assistant Professor of Nutrition at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a member of the American Society for Nutrition, the American Heart Association, The Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, and a Fellow of the Obesity Society.  In her current position, Dr. Pelkman manages the clinical nutrition research program at National Starch, a business unit of Corn Products International, in Bridgewater, New Jersey.