Diabetes and chronic diseases, the challenge of EU nutrition legislation. A case on carbohydrate quality and prevention

IDF Europe together with MEP Nicola Caputo organized a roundtable discussion on Diabetes and Chronic Diseases, the challenge of EU Nutrition legislation. A case on carbohydrate quality and prevention. The discussion, that took place on Tuesday 5 February at the European Parliament in Brussels, aimed at examine and sharing whether Glycemia Index should be included under EU nutrition legislation.


Not all carbohydrates food are equal. This is something people living with diabetes know very well. Counting the carbohydrate quantity consumed is key to know if it will affect the blood glucose levels. But this common task is not always easy.

Under the current  EU food labelling and nutrition legislation, it is not always clearly shown how many carbohydrates the product have. During IDF Europe roundtable discussion, more than 10 healthcare and nutrition profesionals, policy makers and representatives from civil society examined whether the Glycemia Index (GI)*, can and should be included under the EU nutrition legislation

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*The Glycemic Index (GI) is a relative ranking of carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels.




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