Displaying all posts tagged: healthy living

NYAS Nutrition Science Event

Last Thursday and Friday, the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science held an event, Global Capacity Building in Nutrition Science: Training Future Practitioners, Empowering Future Leaders, at the New York Academy of Sciences. PepsiCo associates in Global Health and Agriculture Policy, Nutrition, and Advanced Research attend the event; Derek Yach, SVP of Global Health and Agriculture Policy, gave a talk titled 21st century pressures to feed the world sustainably demand new approaches to, and increased investments in, human and institutional nutrition capacity. Read more

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

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

PepsiCo Ventures into the Science of Nutrition

Readers of the Hartford Courant and Washington Post may recently have come across a profile on a research lab that we opened in New Haven, Conn., in 2010. The lab has eight full-time scientists whose work focuses on finding ways to make snack foods more healthful. The article quotes three scientists who are also Food Frontiers bloggers: Mark Pirner, Eric Milgram and Jeff Zachwieja. The article reads, in part: “PepsiCo officials say the lab is part of a pattern toward offering more healthful fare. In expanding its product line, Pepsi has bought part of Sabra, a company that makes hummus; its Frito-Lay division now offers sunflower seeds and several types of nuts. And the company recently bought Wimm-Bill-Dann, a Russian dairy company. Placing a greater emphasis on science, Pepsi hired Mehmood Khan in 2007 as its chief scientific officer. Khan, who had worked as an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic, has... Read more

PepsiCo’s Diverse Beverage Portfolio and Reduction of Added Sugar

As part of PepsiCo’s promise to encourage people to live healthier we recently announced aggressive, industry leading goals. One of these goals, which will make a difference in the diets of millions of people, is to reduce the average amount of added sugar per serving in key global beverage brands, in key countries, by 25 percent by 2020 which includes our efforts started in 2006. People drink a variety of beverages throughout the day and at PepsiCo we pride ourselves on the fact that we have something for everyone – Tropicana for breakfast, Pepsi Max for lunch, Aquafina for hydration, and Gatorade post-workout for example.  American consumers get just over 20% of their daily calories through beverages so by implementing this added sugar goal across our portfolio, we intend to reduce the amount of sugar in millions of diets. In support of our commitment we are already... Read more

PepsiCo Recognizes World Health Day

In order to highlight the importance of World Health Day, we asked Derek Yach, PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President for Global Health Policy, a few questions. What is World Health Day? World Health Day 2010 is today, April 7. The theme this year is ‘1000 cities, 1000 lives’ and the focus is on opening up public spaces to health – via things like activities in parks, town hall meetings, clean-up campaigns, or closing off portions of streets to motorized vehicles. The World Health Organization aims to collect 1000 stories of urban health champions who have taken action and had a significant impact on health in their cities. Events are being held this week in cities all over the world in order to promote health in urban areas. Why the focus on urbanization and health? Currently over 3 billion people live in cities and over the next 30 years virtually all... Read more

PepsiCo’s New Research and Development Video

For generations PepsiCo has been offering some of the world's favorite foods and beverages and, increasingly, we are focused on improving our products and developing new ones through science-based solutions. The following video offers an informative look at some of the ways PepsiCo is demonstrating its commitment to “Performance with Purpose.” From partnerships with leading organizations, to the hiring of a Chief Scientific Officer, to incorporating healthier ingredients in products, PepsiCo is committed to building a strong business and making a positive impact on society. Read more

World Food Prize Keynote Address

PepsiCo Chairperson and CEO Indra Nooyi participated in the World Food Prize during October, providing a keynote address to attendees.  Her address focused on the critical role industry can play in helping agriculture better serve the nutritional needs of the globe, highlighting the developments PepsiCo is already making in the areas of distribution and product reformulation.  An excerpt of the speech is highlighted below, with the full text available here. […] With that as a backdrop, I think there are three specific things that we, the private sector, especially the food and beverage sector can do. We can help across the entire process of our business – from farming, to product formulation to distribution. First, we can and must share our core “farming” expertise. In the course of doing business we build a great store of knowledge on things like nutrition science, irrigation techniques and the development... Read more

We’re Changing The Way We Innovate At PepsiCo

At PepsiCo, we believe that it is our responsibility to understand the diverse nutrition needs of populations around the world and to offer a wide range of food, snacks and beverages that address those needs. To do that, we’re changing the way we innovate. Our overall goal is to deliver more nutrition per calorie in the products we offer and we’re acting on that commitment. The good news is that our products begin with natural goodness – oats, wheat, potatoes, lentils, oranges, apples, nuts and seeds. Think about it. We make some of the world’s favorite brands: Tropicana orange juice and Quaker Oats oatmeal in many countries across the globe, SunChips multi-grain snacks in the U.S., Stila oat and fruit bars in Mexico, Lebedyansky juice in Russia, and we’re the largest seller of packaged nuts and seeds outside the U.S. We’re working to deliver healthier nutrition per calorie... Read more

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