IFT Media Update

TOPICS IN THIS UPDATE: Wellness 12 Conference: Functional Food Trends 2012: Consumers Want Nutrients from Food, Not Supplements; Food Science Student Team Wins Heart-Healthy Product Development Competition with Hummus made from Chickpeas, Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash; Beans, Pulses and Legumes Have Important Role in Nutrition; Consumers Need Simple, Concise Messages About Benefits of Phytonutrients; Glycemic Index Foods at Breakfast Can Control Blood Sugar Throughout the Day; and Food Science Poised to Help Address Needs of Aging Population

March 30, 2012

To: Reporters, Editors, Producers and Bloggers
From: IFT Media Relations

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Wellness 12 Media Update contains highlights from the Wellness 12 Conference that took place Wednesday, March 28th and Thursday, March 29th. Copies of presenter presentations and speaker bios are available to journalists upon request. Please attribute content to the Institute of Food Technologists Wellness 12 conference.

CONSUMER NEWS

Functional Food Trends 2012: Consumers Want Nutrients from Food, Not Supplements
The Top 10 Functional Food Trends of 2012 point to more consumers favor getting their vitamins and minerals from the foods they eat and beverages they drink instead of supplements, according to research presented Wednesday at the Institute of Food Technologists’ Wellness 12 meeting.

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Beans, Pulses and Legumes Have Important Role in Nutrition
Beans, pulses and legumes can be classified as either vegetables or proteins under the new USDA dietary guidelines, giving them an important role in a person’s daily diet, an expert panel said at the Institute of Food Technologists’ Wellness 12 meeting.

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Consumers Need Simple, Concise Messages About Benefits of Phytonutrients
An expert panel at the Institute of Food Technologists’ Wellness 12 meeting urged the food industry to find simple yet powerful language to tell consumers about the many benefits of a diet rich in phytonutrients.

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Glycemic Index Foods at Breakfast Can Control Blood Sugar Throughout the Day
Eating foods at breakfast that have a low glycemic index may help prevent a spike in blood sugar throughout the morning and after the next meal of the day, researchers said at the Institute of Food Technologists’ Wellness 12 meeting.

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The Consumer of 2020 Will Demand Product Customization and Company Accountability
Food consumers in the year 2020 will demand customization, competitive prices and social responsibility when it comes to finding products to meet their nutritional needs, according to research presented at the Institute of Food Technologists’ Wellness 12 meeting.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Food Science Poised to Help Address Needs of Aging Population
The aging baby boomers and subsequent generations will be looking to the food industry to provide products that can help them live longer, healthier and more active lives than previous generations, according to research presented at the Institute of Food Technologists’ Wellness 12 meeting.

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IFT NEWS

Food Science Student Team Wins Heart-Healthy Product Development Competition with Hummus made from Chickpeas, Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and CanolaInfo announced the winner of the Heart-Healthy Product Development Competition at the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) Wellness 12 held in Rosemont, Ill. The winning student team from the food science program at Cornell University developed Hummus+, a nutritionally enhanced hummus product made from chickpeas, sweet potato and butternut squash.

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About IFT

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a nonprofit scientific society with individual members engaged in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. IFT champions the use of sound science across the food value chain through the exchange of knowledge, by providing education, and by furthering the advancement of the profession. For more information, please visit ift.org.

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