XVIII Latin American Nutrition Congress: What was the balance?

From November 11 to 15, 2018, the XVIII Latin American Nutrition Congress took place, under the slogan: "Healthy eating for a sustainable planet"

XVIII Latin American Nutrition Congress: What was the balance?

The XVIII Latin American Nutrition Congress (SLAN) 2018, was held from 11 to 15 November 2018, under the slogan: "Healthy Eating for a Sustainable Planet", in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

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This space was undoubtedly an excellent opportunity to bring together nutrition professionals from Latin America and the Caribbean and international specialists, where they shared experiences and relevant research on the situation of food and nutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean the actions of public policy to improve them.

The conference counted, according to Efe Health, with the collaboration of institutions such as UNICEF, the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico, the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), the University of Guadalajara, the Association Jalisciencie de Nutriólogos AC (AJANUT) , the Jesuit University of Guadalajara, the Tecnológico de Monterrey and the International Union of Nutrition Sciences (IUNS).

According to the 20-minute newspaper, the president of the Latin American Nutrition Society, Juan Angel Rivera Dommarco, said that "it was demonstrated that the main problem in the region was chronic malnutrition or undernutrition, and more recently attention was paid to deficiencies of micronutrients, adverse health effects and capacity development were demonstrated, both in chronic malnutrition and in micronutrient deficiencies."

He also regretted that these conditions "continue to be public health problems in several countries of our region, despite having a broad repertoire of actions of proven effectiveness and effectiveness for their prevention and control."

On the other hand, the theme "The interest of low-calorie or no-calorie sweeteners in reducing sugar consumption" was organized by the Spanish Society of Community Nutrition (SENC) and the Latin American Community Nutrition Group (GLANC) ).

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In this, Susana Socolovsky, president of the Argentine Association of Food Technologists (AATA) and responsible for leading this debate on the safety of these additives, said according to Efe Health, that "low-calorie or no-calorie sweeteners have been meticulously reviewed and approved, on a regular basis, with the consequent authorization by health regulatory agencies around the world, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Drug Administration of the United States (FDA, its acronym in English) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA, for its acronym in English) ".

Likewise, Dr. Lluis Serra-Majem, president of the Foundation for Nutritional Research (FIN), pointed out that low-calorie or no-calorie sweeteners could improve glycemic control in place of sugar and, in control programs, also they could favor the reduction of the global intake of energy and the loss of weight.

Finally, according to information provided during the XVIII Latin American Nutrition Congress, DHA is one of the emerging nutrients for cognitive development. This is found primarily in foods such as vegetable oils and animals of marine origin and its consumption is important during all stages of life, because they improve memory and concentration, reduce cardiovascular risk and prevent conditions such as hypertension and ischemia.


LatinAmerican Post | Luisa Fernanda Báez

Translated from "XVIII Congreso Latinoamericano de Nutrición: ¿Cuál fue el balance?"

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