The final HEALTHGRAIN Conference was successful, having 250 participants
The HEALTHGRAIN Integrated Project aims to improve the well-being and reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome related diseases in Europe by increasing the intake of protective compounds in whole grains or their fractions. HEALTHGRAIN has brought together researchers from 17 countries, plant breeders, millers, ingredient suppliers and the food industry right across Europe and its research results have created worldwide interest. This final conference provided the opportunity to examine the HEALTHGRAIN results, to debate the key outcomes, to make recommendations for public health and for the advancement of further research efforts. There is now a need to harness the results, to motivate adults and children in Europe to increase consumption of dietary fibre and other protective compounds of whole grains with safe and highly acceptable products, and to identify the best ways to promote and communicate the health benefits of cereal grains to consumers. The aim of this conference was to set out the state of the art on cereal grain science and technology. The leading themes included:
- Nutrition - health promoting cereal grain compounds and products
- Towards healthier products by breeding and processing
- Consumer attitudes, regulatory issues and communication strategies
- The future of cereal grain - and the HEALTHGRAIN 2010 - 2014 Network
The form of the meeting will ensured close cooperation between food technologists, nutritionists, policy makers health professionals and regulatory affairs experts, offering a truly multidisciplinary and stimulating platform for further research and product innovation.