Protein: A Trend That’s Here to Stay
Promoting Protein in Your Products: What You Need to Know
Tuesday, July 19; 8:30–10 a.m.
Protein plays an integral role in human health, and consumers are increasingly aware of the ways that protein can boost their immunity and energy as well as build muscle, maintain cells, and manage their weight. In this session, Joann L. Slavin will discuss the importance of daily protein intake and talk about how protein can not only maintain but improve health. She will also cover the range of protein sources, including the growing area of plant proteins. Glenna J. Hughes will cover protein claims on labels, addressing the sources of data and methods currently available for informing statements on packages. Finally, Robert A. Burns will delve into methods for assessing protein quality, including a historical discussion of changes in methods and policies over time, as well as looming policy changes on the horizon within the United States. Burns will discuss how those changes may impact the food industry and the potential timeline for incorporation and adoption in global policy and regulations.