Whole grains and health: From theory to practice-highlights of the grains for health foundationss whole grains summit 2012

Nicola M. McKeown, Paul F. Jacques, Chris J. Seal, Jan de Vries, Satya S. Jonnalagadda, Roger Clemens, Densie Webb, Lee Anne Murphy, Jan Willem van Klinken, David Topping, Robyn Murray, Dennis Degeneffe, Len Marquart

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Abstract

The Grains for Health Foundation's Whole Grains Summit, held May 19-22, 2012 in Minneapolis,was the first meeting of its kind to convene >300 scientists, educators, food technologists, grain breeders, food manufacturers, marketers, health professionals, and regulators fromaround the world. Its goals were to identify potential avenues for collaborative efforts and formulate new approaches to whole-grains research and health communications that support global public health and business. This paper summarizes some of the challenges and opportunities that researchers and nutrition educators face in expanding the knowledge base on whole grains and health and in translating and disseminating that knowledge to consumers. The consensus of the summit was that effective, long-term, public-private partnerships are needed to reach across the globe and galvanize the whole-grains community to collaborate effectively in translating whole-grains science into strategies that increase the availability and affordability of more healthful, grain-based food products. A prerequisite of that is the need to build trust among diverse multidisciplinary professionals involved in the growing, producing, marketing, and regulating of whole-grain products and between the grain and public health communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)744S-758S
JournalJournal of Nutrition
Volume143
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2013

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