The role of carbohydrates in the Mediterranean diet



In September 2016, the BCFN Foundation held a workshop on the role of carbohydrates in the Mediterranean diet.

The multidisciplinary approach which has always characterised the activities of the BCFN Foundation ensured that this initiative also grappled with the topic of carbohydrates from different points of view, leaving room for scientific, food-based, environmental, cultural and social approaches.


Research fellows, stakeholders and internationally-renowned experts were invited to Parma on September 30, 2016 to take part in a multidisciplinary roundtable on the role of carbohydrates in the Mediterranean diet.

Attendees analysed and provided clarification on the new scientific frontiers regarding carbohydrates and the main communication challenges for the near future. The role of carbohydrates was placed in relation to different issues: the incidence of obesity, the caloric intake of different diets, the nutritional value of carbohydrates, the impact of carbohydrates on people’s health and on the environment, and communications about carbohydrates.

The meeting culminated in the drafting of a document which clearly and scientifically summarises the critical issues regarding the world of carbohydrates and which ends with a call to action at the public consultation.

A tour aroud the mediterranean diet carbohydrates stakeholder workshop

Public Consultation

The document published at the end of the stakeholder workshop was officially presented December 1, 2016 at Bocconi University in Milan, coinciding with the 7th International Forum on Food & Nutrition.

On this occasion, the general public, the academic community and policy makers were invited to make their contribution through reactions, comments, scientific opinions and examples of best practices. Their input will help us understand the various perspectives from which we can look at the topic of carbohydrates, with the goal of laying the foundation for a paradigm shift which will improve food and environmental sustainability in relation to our diet.

Public consultation closed on February 15, 2017..

A tour aroud the mediterranean diet carbohydrates public consultations
A tour aroud the mediterranean diet carbohydrates

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