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Nutrients 2018, 10(6), 752;

An Overview of Whole Grain Regulations, Recommendations and Research across Southeast Asia

Newcastle Research and Innovation Institute, Devan Nair Building, Singapore 600201, Singapore
CSIRO Nutrition & Health Program, SAHMRI Building, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia
Cereal Partners Worldwide, Dubai 17327, UAE
Cereal Partners Worldwide, CH-1350 Orbe, Switzerland
TES Nutrihealth Strategic Consultancy, 46, Jalan SS22/32, Petaling Jaya 47400, Selangor, Malaysia
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Received: 15 May 2018 / Revised: 5 June 2018 / Accepted: 6 June 2018 / Published: 11 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Whole Grains and Human Health)
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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a diverse region that is experiencing economic growth and increased non-communicable disease burden. This paper aims to evaluate the current regulations, dietary recommendations and research related to whole grains in this region. To do this, a systematic literature review was carried out and information was collected on regulations and dietary recommendations from each member state. The majority of publications on whole grains from the region (99 of 147) were in the area of food science and technology, with few observational studies (n = 13) and human intervention studies (n = 10) related to whole grains being apparent. Information from six countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) was available. Wholegrain food-labelling regulations were only noted in Malaysia and Singapore. Public health recommendation related to whole grains were apparent in four countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore), while recent intake data from whole grains was only apparent from Malaysia, The Philippines and Singapore. In all cases, consumption of whole grains appeared to be very low. These findings highlight a need for further monitoring of dietary intake in the region and further strategies targeted at increasing the intake of whole grains. View Full-Text
Keywords: whole grains; wholegrain foods; ASEAN; ASEAN harmonization; food-based dietary guidelines whole grains; wholegrain foods; ASEAN; ASEAN harmonization; food-based dietary guidelines

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Brownlee, I.A.; Durukan, E.; Masset, G.; Hopkins, S.; Tee, E.-S. An Overview of Whole Grain Regulations, Recommendations and Research across Southeast Asia. Nutrients 2018, 10, 752.

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