Diabetes and chronic diseases, the challenge of EU nutrition legislation. A case on carbohydrate quality and prevention

IDF Europe together with MEP Nicola Caputo (Italy) organized a roundtable discussion, Diabetes and chronic diseases — the challenge of EU nutrition legislation. The case of carbohydrate quality and prevention. The discussion took place on 5 February at the European Parliament in Brussels and aimed to examinine the issues surrounding the inclusion or not of Glycemia Index (GI) under the EU’s nutrition legislation.

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Not all carbohydrates are equal — something people living with diabetes know only too well! Counting the quantity of carbohydrates consumed is key to awareness of post-meal changes in blood glucose levels. Yet this common task is not always easy.

Under the current EU food labelling and nutrition legislation, the amount of carbohydrates contained in a product is not always clear. During the roundtable discussion, a dozern or so healthcare and nutrition profesionals, policy makers and representatives from civil society examined whether EU nutrition legislation should entail GI*.

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*The Glycemic Index (GI) is a relative ranking of carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels.

 

 

 

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