Kantha Shelke

April 28, 2014
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2014 Weight Management Technology Seminar

Presentation: From Amla to Zingiber: Insights into Non-traditional Ingredients for Weight Management

Speaker: Kantha Shelke, Ph.D., CFS, Food scientist and principal, Corvus Blue LLC

Kantha Shelke is a principal at Corvus Blue LLC, a science and research firm retained by food and allied industries for competitive intelligence, expert witness services, new product/technology development and rapid market realization of foods and food ingredients for health and wellness.

Her previous experience includes senior positions at ACNielsen, Ben & Jerry’s, Continental Baking, and Grand Metropolitan and faculty positions at various universities including a visiting professorship at MCI, Innsbruck, Austria. She serves as Editor-at-Large for Penton Media’s Functional Ingredients and Nutrition Business Journal, and as Science & Technology Editor for PLMA’s PLMA Live! video magazine.

Kantha has appeared on television, radio and in print publications as an authority on food history and food science.  She has written several chapters for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, and recently completed a book on the Global Culinary History of Pasta.

2014 Weight Management Technologies Seminar Presentation Description:
From Amla to Zingiber: Insights into Non-traditional Ingredients for Weight Management

From amla and CLA to caffeine, green tea extract, salacia, and Zingiber (ginger), the weight loss supplement industry continues to thrive on science and insights from ancient cultures and traditional medicine. What is the rationale behind these components and what are the opportunities for their use in foods and beverages? This presentation divides non-nutritional weight control ingredients into categories according to their physiological effects in the body: hunger management, metabolism boosters and compounds influencing lipid absorption and metabolism. This presentation takes the mystery out of myths and what can be terrifying to many and explains—with case histories—the science of often overlooked categories of ingredients emerging for weight management.

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