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National Nutrition Monitoring

: Human Nutrition Research Priorities
: diet, nutrition monitoring, nhanes, epidemiology, food composition, sr database
David Klurfeld506 - 31 2012 / (18)
These programs form the foundation of all nutritional epidemiology in the U.S. and provide snapshots of the nutritional health of the nation and its food supply. We will expand and improve the National Nutrient Databank which provides food composition data. We will determine food consumption and dietary patterns of Americans ...

Scientific Basis for Dietary Guidance

David Klurfeld506 - 31 2012 / (9)
Federal nutrition policy and food assistance programs increasingly use the Dietary Guidelines for American and Dietary Reference Intakes as their basis and these need to be updated based on new knowledge. We will identify the role of food, nutrients, other food components, and physical activity in promoting health and preventing ...

Importance of Human Nutrition in Agricultural Production

David Klurfeld506 - 31 2012 / (20)
Diets are composed of plant and animal foods that are produced by our agricultural system; accordingly, the support of human health must be an explicit goal of domestic agricultural production. To this end it is imperative that agricultural and food scientists and human nutritionists work together to ensure they have ...

Prevention of Obesity and Related Diseases

David Klurfeld506 - 31 2012 / (17)
We need to understand the causes and consequences of obesity and related diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and chronic inflammation. We will develop and evaluate strategies to prevent obesity and related diseases. We will generate new information on both behavior and biology related to obesity prevention.

Life Stage Nutrition and Metabolism

David Klurfeld506 - 31 2012 / (7)
Three of the 6 Human Nutrition Research Centers have Congressionally-mandated missions to study nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating women, the fetus, infants, children, and the aging population. We need to explain mechanisms by which nutrition promotes healthy development and function from conception to old age. We will define the ...

Nutrition research recommendations

: Human Nutrition Research Priorities
Thomas Fungwe54 - 04 2012 / (2)
The USDA human nutrition research program focuses on nutrition monitoring and also provides scientific evidence for the development of dietary guidance policy, in the area of nutrition and health throughout the human life. Suggested recommendations: 1. Human nutrition research conducted at six human nutrition research centers do provide scientific information ...

Biomedical Agriculture

Henry Thompson41 - 14 2012 / (3)
There is a signficant communications gap between scientists working in the biomedical sciences and those working in agriculture, particularly production agriculture. It is critical to not only stimulate a dialogue between the many disciplines represented, but to actually advace a transdisciplinary research agenda with a particular emphasis on the biomedical ...

Quality control in national reference food composition databases

: National Nutrition Monitoring
: food composition, data quality, food sampling design plans
Josephine Deeks33 - 21 2012 / (2)
In order to utilize the food consumption data results in terms of nutrient intakes for nutrition population studies, governments must maintain a reliable, unbiased, nationally representative database of the nutrient profiles of commonly consumed foods. These national reference nutrient databases should strive not to try be all things to all ...

School lunch programs and the opportunity to educate the next generation

: Prevention of Obesity and Related Diseases
Mark Brick53 - 21 2012 / (0)
Start education programs in early childhood (K-12) about the need for balanced diets. In the past we had health classes in gradeschool that taught us about a healthy, balanced diet and excercise for all, not just those that play sports. Expose our youth to healty food for healthy living. Start ...

Promote crop/food diversity rather than caloric production in both developed and developing countries

Mark Brick53 - 21 2012 / (0)
Both international and domestic funding agencies are largely focused on the need to maximize calorie production using cereal crops to feed an ever expanding world . While this focus is understandable, it must be balanced with the need for diversity in the human diet. A greater empasis on legume (pulse) ...

Interaction of gut microbiota on food bioactives ingredients

: Human Nutrition Research Priorities
: microbiota, bioavailability
Jean Michel ANTOINE50 - 06 2012 / (1)
Gut microbiota is a new organ modulating bioavailability of many xenobiotics and bioactives found in diet. Exploring, flagging and clustering what is happening in the gut, main enzymatic systems, and main targets will benefit a) demonstration of health benefits of food ingredients by selecting "responders"; b) Agriculture to design production ...

Increase support for National Nutrition Monitoring

: National Nutrition Monitoring
Ann Albertson8 - 11 2012 / (0)
National Nutrition Monitoring and NHANES are invaluable in providing both the public and the private sectors with current and continuous measures of both food and nutrient intakes for the U.S. population as well as vital health tracking data such as obesity rates. This continuous monitoring is increasingly more important as ...

Add data on additional fruit/vegetable varieties to USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

: Human Nutrition Research Priorities
: phytonutrients
Liz Wilkins26 - 12 2012 / (0)
Currently, the USDA National Nutrient Database contains nutrient data on the following citrus crops: • Limes • Grapefruit (pink, red and white from California, Arizona and Florida) • Lemons • Oranges (Valencias and navels from California and Florida) • Tangerines • Pummelo • Clementines Because there are significant differences in ...

Scientific Basis for Dietary Guidance:implementation and Adherence

: Scientific Basis for Dietary Guidance
Chor Khoo20 - 11 2012 / (2)
Its important that dietary guidance/guidelines must be tested and validated to insure adherence and compliance prior to release to the public.

Aging, sarcopenia, and protein intake

: Life Stage Nutrition and Metabolism
: protein, aging, sarcopenia, muscle
Gregory Miller22 - 15 2012 / (1)
Sarcopenia, or the loss of muscle mass with aging, is a significant public health concern, with some estimating as much as a 1% loss of lean mass per year after the age of 30 years (1,2). Loss of muscle mass and associated declines in strength and mobility may not only ...

Research Needed on the Impact of Prenatal Nutrition and Early Infant Feeding

: Life Stage Nutrition and Metabolism
Mardi Mountford22 - 15 2012 / (0)
The International Formula Council (IFC) believes that nutritional programming is an important and emerging area of nutrition science. Further research is needed to better define how prenatal nutrition and early infant feeding (including all methods of feeding, i.e. breastfeeding , supplemental feeding, infant formula feeding, and the feeding of complimentary ...

Better Understand the Sustainability Benefits of Consuming a Broad Range of Nutritious Foods

Kent Holt8 - 11 2012 / (0)
As the population grows and resources are stretched to produce the needed amounts of high quality nutritious foods, there is the need to identify ways to improve our utilization and consumption of these resources. Research is needed to better understand and assist in the implementation of a broad range of ...

Longitudinal studies on Farm to School programs and benefits to obesity prevention and health promotion

Anupama Joshi4 - 12 2012 / (0)
Farm to School programs are growing rapidly across the country (12,500 schools in 2012, estimated by the National Farm to School Network). This holistic approach of: (a) procurement of local and regional foods for the cafeteria; (b) nutrition, agriculture and environmental education; (c) school gardens; and (d) food-centered hands-on education ...

Need to better assess protein needs throughout the lifecycle to help the fight against obesity

: Life Stage Nutrition and Metabolism
: obesity, protein, lifecycle, macronutrient
Betsy Booren32 - 15 2012 / (0)
Conducting research to better assess the protein needs for weight management or for maximizing body composition throughout the lifecycle is a critical area of research that should be addressed. Current protein recommendations are based on the minimum requirement to prevent protein deficiency via nitrogen balance studies, however with the obesity ...

Assess differences in nutrient intakes and health outcomes

: National Nutrition Monitoring
: dietary guidelines
Liz Wilkins26 - 12 2012 / (0)
Consumers respond better to dietary guidance that talks about specific foods versus specific nutrients. Expanding research programs that focus on health outcomes associated with specific foods and dietary patterns will provide data that will help develop more specific dietary guidance for consumers.