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Food Matrix: More Than the Sum of Nutrients
It is accepted that we eat foods, not nutrients; however, until recently the relationship between diet and health has focused on individual nutrients. Today, the focus is shifting towards the impact of whole foods. The food matrix is an emerging concept that looks at how various nutrients and bioactive factors present in individual whole foods work in synergy and how the physical structure of the matrix may impact absorption and digestion. This session will provide a foundation on the food matrix concept and highlight research findings that suggest further exploration of this concept may impact the future of nutrition guidance.


1. Describe the emerging concept of the food matrix and how unique combinations of nutrients and bioactives work together in synergy to impact health
2. Discuss the unique components of different foods’ matrix
3. Provide examples of scientific research that supports how the whole foods dairy matrix is linked to lower risk of certain chronic diseases

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