The International Congress of Nutrition of the IUNS (International Union of Nutritional Sciences) is held once every four years and attracts approximately 4,000 attendees from more than 120 countries. The 21st edition was recently held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on October 15-20. Participating in this event served a double purpose for the INC. On the one hand, it was the third time for the “Nuts for Gifts” booth to be displayed. The booth showcased the basic ideas of the “Nuts for Gifts” project: nuts as a highly-valued gift object and an opportunity to challenge one’s DIY abilities. “Nuts for Gifts” brochures and a mix of nuts and dried fruits samples were given to visitors.
On the other hand, the INC sponsored the symposium “Nuts and dried fruit consumption and health: New insights”, which featured leading nutrition experts Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó, Chairman of the INC World Forum for Nutrition Research and Dissemination, Dr. Emilio Ros from University of Barcelona (Spain), Dr. Bahram H. Arjmandi from Florida State University (USA) and Dr. Cyril Kendall from University of Toronto (Canada). Chaired by Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó, the symposium highlighted the latest findings in nut consumption and cognitive function and diabetes control, and dried fruit consumption and osteoporosis.
Guest speaker Dr. Emilio Ros spoke on the relation between nut consumption and cognitive function; Dr. Bahram H. Arjmandi gave an overview of the efficacy of dried plum for preventing and reversing bone loss in postmenopausal women; Dr. Cyril Kendall gave an update on the effects of nut consumption on diabetes and cardiometabolic health.