On June 30, Maspex and the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn organized a free webinar “Trends in food and nutrition”. Organization of the webinar was supported by Biotechnologia.pl, one of the biggest Polish portal devoted to life science topics.
At the beginning of the webinar, Agnieszka Czura, Project Manager at Maspex Group and Iwona Kieda, Press Spokesman at the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn talked about the #AnnualFoodAgenda project. The webinar was moderated by Adam Zalewski, life science journalist and attended by experts representing two perspectives – a scientist and a dietitian.
The first perspective was personified by Dr. Michał Janiak from the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn – researcher, food chemist, and science promoter, specializing in the study of a wide range of natural, plant antioxidants, and as part of EIT Food’s activities dealing with the topics of superfoods and reducing meat in the daily diet. In his presentation, he elucidated several trends in food and nutrition including social, environmental, and health factors. He mentioned about proteins from edible insects, usage of GMO organisms, technological innovations in agriculture (3D printed food, individually designed for special diets, new packaging, drones scanning crops), and the wide aquaculture market.
The second perspective was represented by Agnieszka Piskała-Topczewska, a dietitian and certified diet coach, owner of the Nutrition Lab Institute, who in her brilliant presentation showed what kind of nutrition trends are present in Poland. She also analyzed the context of the development of diet-related diseases and the problem of nutritional excesses and deficiencies in the diet of the average Pole. As part of her daily activities, Agnieszka Piskała-Topczewska also fights with the myths repeated in the media, and during the webinar, she dealt with those concerning pasta and juices. She refuted the common claim that pasta is a fattening category of products, not recommended for diabetics, and reassured that fruit and fruit and vegetable juices are necessary for our bodies. Juices are also a more affordable and easier solution for the assimilation of fruit and vegetables throughout the year.
During the webinar participants had an opportunity to ask questions to speakers in the chat. The multitude of very substantive and reasonable questions confirmed our belief that there is a need to talk about healthy eating, and the webinar participants turned out to be a very reflective audience.
To disseminate science-based knowledge that shapes correct nutritional attitudes we make the entire recording available to everyone.
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