LATIN AMERICA – Tate & Lyle PLC is partnering with the Nutrition and Health Institute of Kellogg Co. (INSK) to share the latest science on dietary fibers with health clinicians, nutritionists, and food and beverage industry professionals across Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Argentina. 

As part of the partnership, the companies are offering an online curriculum titled “Dietary fibers: benefits that go beyond gut health.”  

The program will run from August 16 to December 31 and features 12, 20-minute video lessons in Spanish led by nutritionists and food scientists from different countries across Latin America. 

A range of fiber-related topics, including current dietary fiber recommendations and consumption in the Latin American region will be covered in the program. 

Additionally, participants will get exposed to the latest information on the gut health and fiber connection, including links to prebiotics, microbiota, and immunity, 

They will also get to learn about the benefits of fiber across childhood and throughout healthy aging; dietary fibers and body weight, glycemic response, bone, and cardiovascular health; and emerging science. 

Tate & Lyle says health professionals and other participants will have the flexibility to move at their own pace and prioritize the lessons most beneficial to their ongoing learning and practices. 

“Fiber has so many health benefits beyond a healthy gut: getting enough fiber is associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and bowel cancer,” said Renata Cassar, senior nutrition manager for Latin America at Tate & Lyle.  

“It supports the normal functioning of the body’s immune system and has even been linked to having a positive impact on mood and emotional well-being. 

Tate & Lyle launched a similar program in Brazil last year. That program attracted more than 6,000 participants. 

Stressing the program’s importance, Tate & Lyle said that the average fiber consumption among Latin Americans can be lower than 15 grams per day, while the recommendations for adults ranges between 25 grams and 40 grams per day. 

“Our purpose is all about Improving Lives for Generations and we hope attendees come away from the course with a better understanding of and confidence in the role fiber can play in supporting a healthier, balanced diet,” added Cassar.  

Earlier, Tate & Lyle PLC launched a new sustainability program to enable stevia growers in China to lower their environmental impact and gain greater economic benefits from the production of the calorie-free sweetener. 

Areas of focus include changing usage of synthetic fertilizer and pesticides, replacing materials used for mulching with more sustainable alternatives, and developing farming practices to help maintain soil health, keep carbon locked in and improve on-farm composting. 

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