Part 1: The Australian Perspective
Broadcast Date: October 15th, 2020 | 4:00pm CST
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Food-based dietary guidelines provide advice on healthy eating for the population and help guide health and nutrition policies. Grains, particularly whole grains, have long been an integral part of the human diet and their role in nutrition and chronic disease prevention is well established. Despite this, whole grain consumption is low globally, as well as here in Australia, and the reasons for poor consumption are not well understood. The Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council have explored Australian dietary recommendations for grains and whole grains over time and have conducted consumer research to investigate consumer knowledge and attitudes, incorporating an exploration of factors influencing consumption, promotion, and provision. This presentation reviews the potential issues within dietary guidance and from other policy-based initiatives such as front-of-pack labelling systems. GLNCs role in the regulation of whole grain content claims and understanding of market insights will be contrasted with consumer research findings. A continued emphasis on multi-stakeholder approaches is required, together with more specific wording and direct dietary guidance, to achieve the required outcomes of swapping whole grains for refined grains. Furthermore, removing the negative stigma associated with carbohydrate foods - including grains - is necessary to improve consumption.
About the Presenter
Dr. Sara Grafenauer is the General Manager of the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council with global role responsibilities. She is an Advanced Accredited Practicing with experience over 20+ years in health, tertiary education and food industry. Her PhD research focused on dietary patterns and dietary change in weight loss. She is a Fellow of the University of Wollongong providing lectures and research supervision for projects now focused on grains and legumes. She has additional qualifications in Communications and Public Relations and significant work history leading marketing and communications. Sara is a Board Director, for Nutrition Australia & with the Global Whole Grain Initiative.