IFT symposium: Carbohydrate Digestion: Glucose Management and Related Physiological Responses

Published: July 16, 2013

Dr. Amy Lin organized a symposium at 2013 IFT annual meeting. The symposium highlighted the novel conept of glucose release rate and location, and its related physiological response. The session was held on July 15, 2013, 8:30-10:00 a.m. It was moderated by Ms. Michelle Manderfeld from General Mills.

Dr. Amy Lin presented " Starch digestion and small intestinal mucosal alpha-glucosidase". Dr. Lin is the Managing Director of Strategic Planning and Research Communication of the Whistler Center. She is also a Research Assistant Professor of the Department of Food Science at Purdue University. Her reearch interests are starch digestion at the brush border area in the humns and consequential physiologic responses. She found that rate of glucose generation from starch is unexpectedly associated with mucosal ?-glucosidases and not just ?-amylase. This understanding could lead to a new approach to regulate glycemic response and glucose-related physiologic responses in the human body.

Dr. Bruce Hamaker presented " Slow Carb Digestion and Physioloigic Effects". Dr. Hamaker is the Director of the Whistler Center and holds the Roy L. Whistler Chair Porofessor in the Department of Food Science at Purdue University. His talk provided recent findings on potentially benefical physiologic effecs when glucose from glycemic arbohydrates is deposited distally in the samll intestine, and also presented strategies to achieve this type of digestion profile.

Dr. Louis Dye presented " Smart Carbohydrate: Starches and Cognitive Function". Dr. Dye is Professor of Nutrition and Behavior in the Human Appetite Research Unit at the Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds. Cognitive function, or "mental performance," is a broad overarching term and there is no single test or measure which captures cognitive function. Her talk brought the growing evidence for the effects of our diet on our mental performance.

Dr. N. Bordenave presented " Glucose Management: A Perspective from Foods and Beverage Applications". Dr. Bordenave is an Associate Principal Scientist in the Analytical Department of PepsiCo Global R&D. His main research areas are food carbohydrates structure-function relationships and their interactions with micronutrients. Glucose management is one of the scientific responses to a halo of growing consumers concerns regarding chronic diseases and general wellness. A few of technical solutions were addressed in his lecture.