American Society For Nutrition

White Vegetables: Addressing the Nutrition Gap

White Vegetables: Addressing the Nutrition Gap

Excellence in Nutrition Research and Practice
Organized and sponsored by the Alliance for Potato Research and Education. Friday, April 19, 2013

1:00 – 5:00 PM
Boston Convention & Exposition Center, Room 156 ABC

Program Description

Co-chairs: Johanna Dwyer, DSc, RD and Mario G. Ferruzzi, PhD

Seven leading food and nutrition scientists will highlight emerging research and product innovations that explore the nutritional impact of white vegetables, especially the potato, in a healthy, well-balanced diet. The latest on metabolic response and health benefits associated with consumption of white vegetables will be discussed, along with a detailed look at how science-based advances in preparation methods and processing technologies affect the nutrient profile of these foods. Additional consideration will be given to the classification of white potatoes in food groups, and how this aligns with dietary guidance and policy. ASN symposium attendees will have the opportunity to interact with these nutrition experts following each presentation.

CPE Credit Designation Statement: ASN designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4.0 CPEUs. Dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. ASN (Provider #NS010) is accredited and approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) as a provider of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) programs for Registered Dietitians.

Learning Level 2

Suggested Learning Codes:

(2000) Science of food and nutrition
(2020) Composition of foods, nutrient analysis
(2070) Macronutrients: carbohydrate, fat, protein, fiber, water
(2090) Micronutrients: vitamins, minerals
(2100) Nutritional biochemistry
(4000) Wellness and public health
(4040) Disease prevention
(5370) Weight management, obesity
(5420) Complementary care, alternative therapies

Learning Objectives

  • Provide a review of the evidence addressing the contributions of white vegetables, including potatoes, as sources of key nutrients and micronutrients within a dietary pattern supporting health and wellness.
  • Identify nutrition research gaps to enhance evidence-based dietary guidance about white vegetables, including potatoes.


Johanna Dwyer, DSc, RD
Professor, Senior Scientist
USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging 
Tufts University, Boston, MA

White Potatoes, Human Health and Dietary Guidance
Joanne Slavin, PhD, RD
Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Innovations in Food Chemistry and Processing to Enhance the Nutrient Profile of the White Potato in All Forms
Mario G. Ferruzzi, PhD
Professor, Departments of Food Science and Nutrition Science
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Eric A. Decker, PhD
Professor and Department Head, Department of Food Science
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

White Vegetables: Glycemia and Satiety
G. Harvey Anderson, PhD
Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Carbohydrates, Dietary Fiber and Resistant Starch
Joanne Slavin, PhD, RD (giving talk for Janet King, PhD)

Potassium and Health
Cheryl Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS
Associate Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
University of California San Diego School of Medicine
La Jolla, CA

Magnesium in Disease Prevention and Overall Health
Stella Lucia Volpe, PhD, RD, LDN, FACSM
Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition Sciences
Drexel University,  Philadelphia, PA

Closing Remarks
Mario G. Ferruzz

i, PhD

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