Balanced nutrition discussed at SÜGAV summit

According to data released by SÜGAV, about one child out of five is overweight and 22 percent of children ages 6-18 are overweight due to malnutrition in Turkey.

Balanced nutrition discussed at SÜGAV summit

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Sabri Ülker Food Research Foundation (SÜGAV) held a summit on nutrition and healthy living in participation with many notable nutrition experts in İstanbul on Friday.

According to data released by SÜGAV, about one child out of five is overweight and 22 percent of children ages 6-18 are overweight due to malnutrition in Turkey.

During the summit at the Four Seasons Hotel İstanbul at the Bosphorus in İstanbul's Beşiktaş district, Professor Halit Tanju Besler stated that malnutrition leads to a crucial vitamin and mineral deficiency in a person.

“From the first phases of a person's life, even in a mother's womb, a balanced nutrition plays an important role in the next phases of her life. For example, if a baby is not provided with enough zinc, she can face some health problems during adulthood,” said Besler.

He also highlighted the excessive salt consumption in the country. “Normally, the daily ideal salt consumption amount determined by health experts is 5-6 grams, but the average salt consumption [in Turkey] was determined to be 15 grams.”

Professor Jozef Kokini from Illinois University, Professor Hans Konrad Biesalski from Hohenheim University and Professor Klaus G. Grunert from Aarhus University were some of the other prominent individuals who gave presentations on the issue of balanced nutrition and healthy life.

SÜGAV was created in 2009 to further nutritional research, particularly regarding Turkey and its neighboring countries. Its goal is inform the public about the latest developments in food science and politics in the domestic and global sphere.

Also, speaking before the presentations at the summit, deputy Agricultural Minister Kutbettin Arzu stated that Turkey has developed in the area of food processing and now has the capacity to send around 1,600 different kinds of food products to 188 countries all over the world.

Last Mod: 27 Nisan 2013, 11:00
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