Diet World Meets at Food and Nutrition Conference Expo
Food was the main topic of discussion as over 10, 000 people met in this year’s Food and Nutrition Conference Expo( FNCE ) in Philadelphia. The event brought together nutritionists, dieticians, nutrition researchers, industry leaders, healthcare providers and regulators who were eager to learn and share on key food-related issues facing America.
Participants hurdled into the various workshops available to learn from a broad range of topics including the impact of diet on specific diseases, US dietary guidelines evolution and ideas on creating sustainable food systems.
There were also over 300 exhibitions where well-known companies such as Danone, PepsiCo, Nestle and General mills as well as other smaller groups representing pork, poultry, fruits and dairy explained how their products could be part of the American cuisine.
The huge event offered everything for everyone but a few major themes formed the gist of the most important and best-attended discussions at the expo.
Food and Nutrition Conference Expo Highlights
One of the topics that stole the show was personalized nutrition, a trend that is creating waves as it is backed by a number of scientific studies that prove every individual has unique dietary needs. The conversation leaned towards diet-related chronic disease with a majority of experts agreeing that there was no general approach suitable for everyone and there was a need to be open-minded when it comes to personalization.
A clear change in the evolution of personalized nutrition observed was the move away from supplements that were all rage a few years back with companies now focussing on nutritious foods that are tailor-made for individual needs. At the cutting edge of this trend were companies that offered blood test based food recommendations to clients to ensure they get the best out of the food they eat.
Another trending topic was food allergy treatment through dietary adjustments with the low-FODMAP diet getting the lion share of attention. Low-FODMAP stands for fermentable, oligo, di, monosaccharides and polyols and is a restrictive diet aimed at helping with gastrointestinal problems. Several companies stood out offering solutions that include delivering ready-made low-FODMAP and gluten-free meals to clients. Others had less elaborate solutions such as Sunbutter offered simple nut and gluten-free snacks to clients that are easy to pack and eat on the go.
Diet Experts Discuss the Trends at FNCE
The other trending topics at FNCE include plant-based milk alternatives with various startups showcasing their solutions to attendees. Apart from soy, almond and rice alternatives, novel solution incorporated nuts and seeds with unique flavors guaranteeing variety. These led diet experts discuss the trends as they questioned whether the alternatives were nutritional equivalents to dairy counterparts.
Three Trees, one of the exhibitors, acknowledged they did not match up to real milk products nutritionally without fortification with vitamins and minerals but stressed they take stakes to make their products as nutritionally sound as possible.