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The Food Matters Live podcast: October roundup

4 min read
AUTHOR: Ross Carver-Carter
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In this spotlight piece, we’re taking a look back at some of the podcast highlights from across October including a recording from Tate and Lyles live session at Tastes of Better Ascot. Without further ado, let’s jump in:

Bridging the fibre gap, with Tate and Lyle

Over 90% of people in the UK fail to meet their daily fibre intake recommendations, putting them at an increased risk for health conditions including diverticulitis, heart disease and bowel cancer. This is despite repeated public health campaigns urging people to eat more fruit, vegetables and whole grains over the last few decades. But could fibre fortification succeed where other strategies have failed?

Recorded live at Tastes of Better Ascot, join the Tate & Lyle team as they discuss the widespread “fibre gap” in Western diets and its effect on the gut microbiome before unveiling their innovative solution, PROMITOR® – a soluble fibre that can bolster a product’s nutritional profile without affecting taste and texture.

Low energy availability – and how to combat it

Low energy availability (LEA) affects both male and female athletes, but it’s especially pronounced among sportswomen. The condition arises when an athlete’s dietary intake is too low, or their energy output is too high, compromising key physiological functions such as immune and metabolic processes, bone health and menstrual cycles in female athletes.

In this episode of the Food Matters Live podcast, we delve into the intricacies of low energy availability, explore its causes and consequences, and most importantly, ask how it can be prevented and managed through proper nutrition strategies. In the studio to discuss this important topic is Renee McGregor, a registered dietitian and renowned sports nutritionist.

Can (re)formulation save us?

Recorded live during our Sustainable Food Forum, experts Reniera O’Donnell and Annelie Selander discuss the exciting world of reformulation, exploring some of the new and innovative ways to disrupt and improve food production without putting further pressure on the environment.

They celebrate the progress so far, identify where we are falling short and explore what is coming next. Whether you’re working in New Product Development or have a personal interest in circular food design, this is one for you.

Exploring the link between gut health and obesity

Studies have shown the role of our gut microbiome, the trillions of bacteria colonising the human gut, in everything from digestive health, immunity, brain function and now, obesity. That’s according to new research from the Universities of Nottingham Trent and Warwick suggesting a link between the gut microbiome and our bodies’ metabolic processes.

In the studio to discuss these findings is Dr. Thomas Barber, Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist at the University of Warwick. Bringing his expertise to the fore, he shares his latest research on the role of endotoxins in metabolic disorders – bacterial substances present in the gut. With the World Obesity Federation predicting more than half of the world’s population will be overweight or obese within 15 years, this episode couldn’t be more timely!

Semaglutide – a game-changer for the obesity crisis?

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recently approved the weight-control drug semaglutide, marketed as Wegovy, for those suffering from severe overweight. In light of this, the government has announced a £40 million two-year pilot scheme making the drug available on the NHS.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has stated that the new drug could be a “game-changer” for the obesity epidemic, costing the NHS in the region of £6bn a year. While hailed by some as a wonder drug, critics say patients simply put the weight back on after stopping treatment. So how effective is semaglutide? Are we committing people to a lifetime of treatment? And what could it all mean for the fight against obesity?

Less than a week to go until Inspiring Nutrition London

On the 14th of November, we’ll be opening our doors at The Wellcome Collection for Inspiring Nutrition London. It’s your opportunity to prepare for 2024, forge partnerships, and engage with a unique audience, including nutrition brands, ingredients and nutraceutical companies, contract manufacturers, and healthcare professionals. Don’t miss out!