Spotlight Presentations

Not All Protein Powders Are Equal. Applications From Athletic Muscle Recovery to Older Adult Health.

Date: October 8
Time: 11:30 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Spotlight Stage

Sponsored by FNCE® Spotlight Sponsor: UP2U®

The protein powder market reached more than $21.5 billion in 2022* and is anticipated to expand. While this industry is growing, there remains a lack of education on protein manufacturing. Not all proteins are created equal. The source and production method of the various animal-based and plant-based protein powders impact health and performance differently when used to meet the nutritional needs of athletes, older adults, and beyond.


Learning Objectives

  • Compare and contrast the production method of native whey, standard whey, casein, and plant-based proteins and the applications of each.
  • Explain the benefits whey protein has shown in clinical trials including reducing muscle fatigue and damage, improving recovery, and triggering muscle growth.
Katie Jastrzab

Speaker: Katie Jastrzab, RDN, MBA

Implications of Nova and Ultra-Processed Foods for Plant-Predominant Diets

Date: October 9
Time: 1 – 1:20 p.m.
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Spotlight Stage

Sponsored by FNCE® Spotlight Sponsor: Soy Connection by U.S. Soy

The merits of the Nova food classification system are being evaluated by researchers and health organizations around the world including in the US by the USDA and the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. It is imperative that registered dietitian nutritionists and other food and nutrition professionals understand Nova because, while the consumption of plant-predominant diets is recommended, nearly all of the plant-based meat and dairy alternatives, including those derived from soy, are Nova-classified as ultra-processed foods.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the principles underlying the Nova food classification system and identify to which Nova food groups different foods belong.
  • Describe the extent to which food processing is linked with health outcomes.
  • Evaluate the healthfulness of plant-based meat and dairy alternatives, which are ranked as ultra-processed foods according to Nova, based on other important parameters such as nutrient content, accessibility, and contribution to an overall healthy eating pattern.
Mark Messina

Speaker: Mark Messina, PhD, MS

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