Differentiating fungi-derived proteins – is there a role for a fungal protein category within food based dietary guidelines (FBDG) and how is this best communicated?
Fungi-derived proteins - in the form of mycoprotein - have been available for almost 40 years and are often classed with plant-based foods in food policy and popular culture, despite the fact that fungi is a distinct kingdom of life. The evidence base supporting the benefits of fungi in the diet on human health is an ever-growing space with increased interest, particularly in the context of alternative proteins.
This member-led meeting will review and discuss the latest evidence and diet policy needs for fungi, through a formal roundtable discussion and debate. Three keynote speakers will set the scene and provide context, followed by a debate amongst a panel of invited experts on a series of questions on the topic, to determine whether there is a need to recognise fungi-derived protein as a distinct source of protein within food-based dietary guidelines.
This event will be broadcast live from The Nutrition Society offices for all online delegates to observe. There will be the opportunity for online delegates to participate in the discussion through online polls to share views on the questions being debated.
Welcome and Introduction
Fungi vs plants: taxonomy, nutritional value, role in the diet and representation in food-based dietary guidelines around the world
Dr Emma Derbyshire, Nutritional Insight, UK
The role of fungi proteins in muscle anabolism, cardio metabolic health and the microbiome
Professor Benjamin Wall, University of Exeter, UK
Fungi as a sustainable future food
Professor Paul Thomas, University of Stirling, UK
Break in programme
Professor Ciarán Forde Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Professor Wendy Hall King's College London, UK
Professor Tom Hill Newcastle University, UK
Dr Andrea Glenn Harvard University, USA
Dr Pauline Scheelbeek London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
Ursula Arens, Freelancer, UK
Sarah Nájera Espinosa London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
Jenny Paxman, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Close of Meeting
This event will be broadcast live from The Nutrition Society office for all online delegates to observe. There will be the opportunity for online delegates to participate in the discussion through online polls to share views on the questions being debated.