Displaying all posts from: February, 2011

Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day

This post is co-authored by Jose Luis Prado, President, Quaker Foods and Snacks North America, PepsiCo // Eating a healthy breakfast is a fundamental step in building a nutritious, total diet that meets the updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans. A growing body of research supports eating breakfast regularly for heart health, lower body weight and improved overall diet quality. Breakfast consumers tend to have higher micronutrient intakes, partly because of the fortification of breakfast cereals, and have a better macronutrient profile than “breakfast skippers” (1). Studies in children suggest that breakfast eaters are more likely to meet daily nutrient intake guidelines compared with children who eat breakfast infrequently or skip breakfast (2). Evidence suggests that regular breakfast consumers also have healthier body weights than those who skip breakfast (3). It has been suggested that skipping breakfast may lead to overall greater levels of hunger later in the... Read more

PepsiCo, the Inter-American Development Bank and Healthy Oils

PepsiCo was part of an exciting announcement this week – we became the first private sector company to participate in one of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) regional trust funds for development activities. The IDB is the largest multilateral provider of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, and we hope that our five-year partnership will spur social and economic growth in 26 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. The inaugural agriculture project of the partnership will significantly expand commercial sunflower crop production in Mexico and create a sustainable market for sunflower production. For PepsiCo, the sunflower crop will provide a source of heart-healthy high-oleic sunflower oil (HOSO) for cooking many PepsiCo products produced in Mexico under the Sabritas and Gamesa-Quaker brands. Currently the demand of HOSO is increasing because of its heart-healthy properties. This agreement will help to support the supply of healthy local... Read more

Publish or Perish in the World of Corporate Research

Industry legislation will undoubtedly encourage food and beverage companies to validate packaging label claims in a more scientifically comprehensive manner in the future. The advent of “cosmeceuticals,” for example — a mix of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals — has led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require the cosmetics industry to publish data on new lines of development. Typically, this takes the form of scientific journal articles to support the health and wellness claims being offered by the new product. Similar to cosmeceuticals, the term “nutraceutical” — a combination of nutrition and pharmaceutical — has become more common as a way to describe a food product that provides health and medical benefits. This is another new area of product development under increasing regulatory surveillance. The pharmaceutical industry is no stranger to the FDA’s regulatory requirements. “Big Pharma” corporations are, more often, substantiating their credibility and position in... Read more

PepsiCo Featured Among Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies 2011

PepsiCo is pleased to be recognized by Fast Company as one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies. We were recognized for our “ambitious nutrition R&D.” Read more about what Fast Company had to say about PepsiCo here. Read more

PepsiCo at the Vision 2020 Conference

Last week, we represented PepsiCo at the Vision 2020 Conference on “Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health” in New Delhi. The conference, organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute, was opened by India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. PepsiCo was the only private sector sponsor of the conference, along with international development agencies and development banks. Read more

PepsiCo Recognizes American Heart Month: More Work Needs to be Done, but there is Good News!

In 1963, the U.S. Congress requested the President issue a proclamation designating February as American Heart Month. Beginning in 1964, these presidential proclamations have urged Americans to take action for the prevention and control of diseases of the heart and blood vessels and their major risk factors. These proclamations typically inform Americans of the huge social, economic, and human toll of heart disease and adverse trends such as the rising tide of risk factors and associated health care costs. The grim statistics quoted annually can truly spell bad news! As President Obama noted in this year’s proclamation, heart disease is “a staggering health problem” and remains the “leading cause of death for American women and men.” Recent data supporting genuine concern about heart health are well-documented in the 2011 update of the Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics published by the American Heart Association (AHA), in conjunction... Read more

In Response to a Reader’s Question about American Diabetes Month

After publishing a blog post in November with several colleagues about how PepsiCo is doing its part to help people lead well-balanced lives and combat diabetes, I received a comment from a reader. The question was about whether the sugar content found in many soda and fruit drinks is a major contributor to the increased number of diabetes cases. This is a good question. This is a topic I am personally very passionate about. I hope that sharing just a little about my background will help you understand how my views on how the increases in obesity and type 2 diabetes have been influenced.  I was a practicing behavioral medicine professional and a diabetes educator at the Joslin Clinic/Joslin Diabetes Center for 30 years. Working with patients and clinical research colleagues at Joslin and Harvard made it clear that there are many factors that influence the development... Read more