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January 14, 2005

U of G conference explores carbohydrates and health

With the start of a new year, many Canadians are turning to low- or no-carbohydrate diets to meet their weight-loss resolutions, but are the Atkins, South Beach and Zone diets a safe way to lose weight? The University of Guelph is hosting “Carbohydrates Unpluggged: A Symposium on Carbohydrates and Health” Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Ontario Veterinary College Lifetime Learning Centre to promote the facts and dispel the myths surrounding dietary carbohydrates.

U of G faculty and graduate students, and health and food industry professionals will speak on topics ranging from “Low-Carbohydrate Diets: Benefits in Weight Loss and Metabolic Syndrome” to “The Role of Dietary Carbohydrates in Breast Cancer Prevention.”

Michael Emes, dean of the College of Biological Science, will present “Carbohydrates: An Introduction to Their Form and Functionality.” Mark Hayhoe, president of Hayhoe Mills Limited, will speak on “Carbohydrates in the Food Industry.” Randall Kaplan, director of nutrition and scientific affairs for the Canadian Sugar Institute, will discuss “Sugars and Health: Review of Evidence.”

The event is open to the public. The cost is $20 general and $15 for students, and includes lunch, refreshments and a wine-and-cheese reception. To register, contact Andra Williams at (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56356, or

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