The mission of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is to improve global well-being through food and nutrition, an effort that centers around the world’s largest gathering of nutritionists and dieticians, FNCE (The Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo). This year the gathering took place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
“The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2019 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo hosted a successful meeting that featured more than 130 educational presentations, panel discussions and culinary demonstrations to more than 10,000 attendees in Philadelphia, Pa.,” said Diane Enos, the Academy’s Chief Learning Officer.
Obesity, performance, allergies, illness and wellness are all reasons to consult an RDN (Registered Dietician Nutritionist) and those RDN’s are seeking the best advice for each. They are also there to help navigate people away from “junk science,” which includes quick fixes, single product regimens, false claims and unvalidated good and bad foods.
Perhaps the most serious concern at this year’s FNCE was the rising anxiety over food allergies. A single mistake can cause severe illness or even death. With no approved treatments to prevent reactions, the relentless stress takes a toll on mental and emotional health, according to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education). Among food allergy centers surveyed, nearly 70% treat patients who suffer from food allergy-related panic attacks and more than 90% serve patients and parents who have anxiety related to food allergies. In addition, 70% of patients report being bullied about their allergies.
The brands at the show were very mindful, helpful and friendly to all of the major food allergens, providing solutions to make it easier for people with allergies to eat healthy, nutritious food that doesn’t compromise on taste.
Here are some of the major trends and topics addressed:
People want more protein for less carbs. Shrewd Food was popular with RDAs looking to pack more protein without the extra carbs. Shrewd Foods Protein Puffs and Croutons have 67% protein—that’s 2.5 times the protein of an egg; only grilled chicken has a higher percentage of protein. It’s basically snacking on protein powder only more delicious, convenient and fun. This protein product delivers on taste and texture, too.
Women are the fastest group of kidney-stone formers. With kidney stones on the rise, it is now more important than ever to keep the kidneys healthy. Each year more than half a million people go to emergency rooms for kidney stone problems. The prevalence of kidney stones in the United States increased 231% from the late 1970s to the late 2000s, with women representing the fastest group of new kidney stone formers. Moonstone focuses on kidney health with a kidney health beverage that is said to help prevent kidney stones.
Fear of bloat. No one wants to be bloated after meals or after eating certain foods, especially when suffering from conditions like IBS. Atrantíl aims to solve this problem with a new way to treat bloat in the form of a daily capsule. Atrantíl is a doctor-discovered supplement with three natural ingredients that the company says help relieve discomfort.
Home screenings. Being in the know about your body should be a top priority for everyone, but too often money, time, location, etc. get in the way of that. I’m Aware is an at-home screening that allows people to be tested earlier, which can lead to earlier diagnosis of health concerns.
Fermented foods. From kraut to gut shots, Farmhouse Culture is one of the many companies that provides cabbage-based products that are probiotic-rich and help support a healthy gut. Adding fermented foods to your daily routine can help to stabilize and balance the gut, leaving it much healthier.
Plant-based pasta. Fewer people are choosing traditional pasta and instead picking brands like Tolerant Foods instead because of the line’s single-ingredient legume pasta. High in protein, high in fiber, free from major allergens and delicious, this wholesome choice for plant-based pasta can help you live a healthier and more mindful life.
Tortilla alternatives. As people are veering away from traditional pasta, they are also veering away from tradition white tortillas. Potapas is ahead of this trend with gluten-free tortillas made from potatoes. Angelic Bake House is another brand introducing tortillas that start with sprouted grains. They sprout their grains in order to make them as nutritious and amazing as possible.
The 2020 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo will move to the Indiana Convention Center.