Dr Carrie Ruxton

Dr Carrie Ruxton

Freelance Dietitian, Nutrition Communications

Carrie is taking part in the Dragon's Den of Functional Foods session

What is this session ... What is the Value of Functional Foods and What Role do they Play in Helping People’s Lives.

Listen to our panellists pitch their view on functional foods and vote for your preferred scenario with a chance to discover, learn and celebrate all that is functional foods.

What Carrie plans to discuss Functional foods are a useful way for consumers to obtain specific nutrients in food form, and raise awareness about nutrition, but only if they meet certain criteria. These include: (1) effective levels of the target nutrient (e.g. fibre); (2) legal claims on pack; (3) consumer acceptability of the ingredient/food matrix combination; (4) need for the nutrient.

About Carrie - A registered dietitian since 1990, completing her PhD from QMUC in 1994. Since then, she has worked in a variety of roles; hospital, industry, academia, food standards, moving to 100% freelance in 2003. Carrie writes regularly for journals, nutrition magazines and medical websites, and contributes to mainstream media.

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