2016 Sweetener Systems Trends & Technologies Conference
Presentation: Panel: Sweeteners and Nutrition: New Developments & Reality Checks
Speaker: G. Harvey Anderson, Ph.D., Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Dr. G. Harvey Anderson is Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He is Director of the University-Industry Program in Food Safety, Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs (PFSNRA) and Executive Director of the Child Centre for Nutrition and Health.
He has served the University as Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Dean and Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Medicine, Chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences and as an elected member of the University Governing Council.
His advocacy for university, industry and government partnerships in developing food and nutrition solutions is shown by his leadership in the formation of the Canadian National Institute of Nutrition, the University of Toronto’s PFSNRA and Child Center for Nutrition and Health, and as a longtime member and Chair of the Board of the International Life Sciences Institute, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Anderson has held academic appointments at many Chinese universities where he led the development of an academic program in clinical and public health nutrition at Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou.
His research on protein and amino acid metabolism, food selection and intake regulation, diet and behavior, infant nutrition, total parenteral nutrition, and diet and chronic disease (with emphasis on sugars and proteins), has led to over 350 publications and the training of more than 100 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows.
His research has received continuous peer-reviewed grant support since 1970 and he has served on many Canadian and International grant committees. He is a member and has served many committees of the Canadian Nutrition Society and the American Society of Nutrition. For the latter he recently completed five years as Chair of the Fellowship Committee.
He has served as a consultant to many food and drug companies and established as well as served on advisory groups for the food industry. He has received many awards for his research, mentorship and leadership in nutrition and is a Fellow of the American Society of Nutrition.
2016 Sweetener Systems Trends & Technologies Conference Presentation
Panel: Sweeteners and Nutrition: New Developments & Reality Checks
Description of Dr. Harvey Anderson’s presentation on panel:
In the last 45 years, the rate of obesity has risen along with an increased availability of added sugars in foods. Obesity has been blamed on sugars and sugar-sweetened beverages and more recently on high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as a caloric sweetener in beverages. However, many factors such as socioeconomics, genetics, and lifestyle, including overall diet, play crucial roles in overall health. Research does not support singling out HFCS nor caloric sweeteners as the villains in the obesity epidemic.