Advancing risk assessment science



Wednesday 19 September 2018 / 08:30 - 12:15

Single nutrient deficiencies were the major public health concern in the nutrition area for most of the last century. As a consequence, single nutrient diseases, the estimation of the nutrient content of foods and nutrient intakes, and the estimation of minimum nutrient requirements compatible with good health were a main target for nutrition research and dietary advice. However, in the last quarter of the last century, the prevalence of diet-related chronic metabolic diseases – such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes – and their impact on the morbidity and mortality of Western populations increased steadily, shifting the spotlight in the nutrition area.

The session aims at fostering the ongoing debate on the power of single nutrients, foods and diets to impact human health in wealthy populations, as well as at exploring how societal and technological developments could impact food choices and diets in the future. The overarching goal of the session is to explore how dietary guidelines should evolve to address the switch from nutrient deficiencies to diseases of excess as the predominant public health concern in developed countries.


Valeriu Curtui European Food Safety Authority
Jayne Woodside Queen’s University Belfast

Opening of session and welcome

Valeriu Curtui

European Food Safety Authority

Socratic debate: Do sugars cause chronic metabolic diseases?

Graham MacGregor

Queen Mary University of London

John Sievenpiper

University of Toronto

Socratic debate: Do saturated fats cause chronic metabolic diseases?

Philippe Legrand

National Institute of Agricultural Research

Ronald Mensink

Maastrick University
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break

Dietary prevention of chronic metabolic diseases: Single-nutrient and popular diets vs whole dietary patterns

Dariush Mozaffarian

Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy

Food innovation and consumer trends: Impact on food consumption and dietary patterns

Petra Klassen Wigger

Nestlé Research Center

Societal trends and their impact on nutritional trends

Sophie Hieke

European Food Information Council

Moderated Panel discussion

Moderator: Jayne Woodside

Queen’s University Belfast

Wrap up – Concluding remarks

Valeriu Curtui

European Food Safety Authority


Andrea Germini European Food Safety Authority
Silvia Valtueña Martinez European Food Safety Authority

Full programme