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The Need for Nuance: Toward an Evidence-Based Definition and Classification of Carbohydrate Food Quality

The 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) recommends adults consume nearly two-thirds of calories from carbohydrate-containing foods; however, the advice falls short on how to choose quality sources. Unlike protein and fat quality, there are conflicting views among scientists on how to define carbohydrate quality. While some support the Glycemic Index (GI) as a surrogate marker for carbohydrate quality, new research calls into question its reliability, utility and value. A new method to defining carbohydrate quality – one that focuses on the unique nutrient contributions of carbohydrate-containing foods – is needed.

During this educational session, you will hear from experts in the fields of nutrition, exercise science, algorithm development and dietary patterns as they review the current evidence that illustrates the need for a globally accepted definition of ‘quality carbohydrates.’ The speakers will unveil an evidence-based algorithm for high-quality carbohydrate-containing foods that supports equitable healthy eating patterns and aligns with DGA recommendations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize and evaluate existing approaches to define high-quality carbohydrate-containing foods
  • Recognize the need for nuance in defining high-quality carbohydrate-containing foods given the diversity within this food category
  • Interpret and utilize a more realistic approach to defining high-quality carbohydrate-containing foods

There is no fee to attend this event, but registration is required. To register, visit https://www.mcisemi.com/nutrition2022/ and select this event from the list of individual NUTRITION 2022 events available to register.

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