I was lucky enough to attend the California League of Food Processors in Sacramento. Every year, the Expo brings the industry together by offering a tradeshow floor with exhibits featuring machinery, equipment, supplies, services and more! Many thanks to Carol Cooper, Pamela Vaillancourt, Sharon Kneebone from National IFT, Carol York-Westphal, Erin Evers, Russ Nishikawa, and Kathy Kennedy for staffing the NCIFT Booth.
The CLFP also hosted hot topic sessions with topics such as Food Labeling Issues and the California Trucking Issue Update.
At the NCIFT luncheon, we heard Kimber Stanhope, PhD, RD, UC Davis discuss Sugar Consumption and how it contributes to the epidemics of metabolic disease.
There is considerable evidence suggesting that intake of added sugars, sugar-sweetened beverages, and fructose are associated with increased body weight, presence of unfavorable lipid levels, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. Nevertheless, there is much controversy concerning the role of dietary sugar in the epidemics of obesity and metabolic syndrome. The presentation reviewed experimental evidence that suggests that consumption of high sugar diets is contributing to the U.S. epidemics of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.