I attended the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo last week. It was held in Boston. This conference is the world’s largest meeting of food and nutrition experts – more than 10,000 registered dietitians, nutrition science researchers, policy makers, health care professionals and industry leaders attend the annual meeting – and address key issues affecting the health of all Americans. The annual conference features more than 100 research and educational presentations, lectures, debates, panel discussions and culinary demonstrations. It was really an amazing event!
I had the opportunity to hear many educational sessions that covered the hottest topics in nutrition including obesity, the green revolution in food, the science of spices and herbs, new sodium guidelines and culinary trends. It was fun and inspirational to attend several cooking demos highlighting a huge variety of healthful foods. I also walked the expo floor and got a look at over 400 companies featuring new, innovative products and services related to nutrition. It was a really great experience.
Have you heard of Anthony Bourdain? He gave the most entertaining session by far! If you don’t know Anthony Bourdain – check him out! He is a chef and author of Kitchen Confidential and is best known for traveling the globe on his stomach, daringly consuming some of the world’s most exotic dishes on his hit Travel Channel TV show, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. He gave an enlightening and entertaining presentation on how cultures from around the world are hanging on to their authentic cuisine and ingredients and the positive results on the communication between cultures. It was very interesting indeed!
I also attended a very informative session on the latest research related to spices and herbs and how they can help improve health. The speakers presented several studies on exciting new findings related to the potential protective benefits of spices and herbs which are rich in polyphenols and antioxidants. The session included a culinary demonstration which inspired me to want to incorporate these healthful and flavorful spices and herbs into more Good Measure Meals recipes. Gotta love an extra boost of flavor combined with extra health benefits! I will be writing a new blog post very soon highlighting some of these health promoting spices and herbs. Tell me – what are your favorite spice and herb flavorings?