Leading experts will discuss nut consumption and the prevention of prevalent diseases/conditions

This week, the INC will be sponsoring a symposium entitled “Nut Consumption and the Prevention of Prevalent Diseases/Conditions” as part of the 14th Asian Congress of Nutrition (ACN).

Held in a different Asian city every four years, the ACN is organized by the Federation of Asian Nutrition Societies (FANS) and is one of the region’s most important gatherings of nutrition experts. With a congress theme of “Feeding the Future by Sustainable Nutrition,” this year’s event will take place in Chengdu, China, from September 14-17.

The INC symposium on September 16 will be chaired by Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó, Chairman of the INC World Forum for Nutrition Research and Dissemination. The invited speakers will be Prof. Gang Liu from the School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan, China); Dr. Changzheng Yuan from the School of Public Health, Second Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine (Hangzhou, China); and Prof. Anoop Misra from the Fortis C-DOC Centre of Excellence for Diabetes, Metabolic Diseases and Endocrinology (New Delhi, India).

Prof. Gang Liu, whose research focuses on diet/lifestyle, metabolic and genetic factors in relation to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, will give a presentation entitled “Nut Consumption and Cardiovascular Disease,” in which he will delve into the body of research showing that frequent nut consumption is associated with a lower risk of heart disease and death. Dr. Changzheng Yuan, whose research includes validation studies of dietary assessment methods and population-based studies of dietary determinants in relation to age-related cognitive decline, will deliver a talk entitled “Nuts, Cognitive Performance and Impairment,” on the research supporting the role of nut-containing diets in preserving cognitive function. The last presentation, entitled “Nuts and Diabetes,” will be given by Prof. Anoop Misra, who is among the top 2% of diabetes research scientists in India, according to a 2021 analysis by Stanford University. Prof. Misra’s wide-ranging experience includes leading the development of countrywide consensus guidelines for obesity, metabolic syndrome, physical activity, nutrition and management of diabetes for Asian Indians.

After the symposium, the INC will take part in another important event in Chengdu: the China Nuts Health Week, organized by the Specialized Committee for Nuts and Dried Fruits of the China National Food Industry Association. On September 17, INC Chairman Michael Waring will deliver a video address in which he will underscore the importance of daily nut intake for the global population.

A highlight of the China Nuts Health Week will be the official release of the Chinese Nutrition Society’s White Paper on Nuts Intake Nutrition and Health in China during the opening ceremony. This eagerly anticipated document, representing the official stance of China’s community of nutrition experts, will provide recommendations on nut consumption and outline measures to improve nut intake among the Chinese population.

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