Food & Health

Lentils and Post-Prandial Glycaemia

On Wednesday, August 21, Pulse Canada hosted an expert panel workshop in Toronto on the potential for a health claim related to Lentils and Post-Prandial Glycaemia in Toronto. Invited delegates to the workshop included over 30 representatives from the pulse industry, food industry, academia as well as and regulatory experts. The purpose of the workshop was to provide a forum in which to discuss a systematic literature review that was conducted in 2012 by Nutrasource Diagnostics Inc (NDI) with respect to achieving a health claim related to lentils and short term blood sugar control in Canada, the US or the EU.

Back row (from L to R): Dr. Julianne Curran, Dr. Dan Ramdath, Dr. Harvey Anderson, Dr. John Sievenpiper,
Dr. James Hoadley, Rachel Rebry, Krista Coventry

Front row (from L to R): Dr. Tom Wolever, Cynthia Boudrault, Dr. Alison Duncan, Dr. Loretta DiFrancesco

Krista Coventry from NDI presented a background on the regulatory frameworks in Canada, the US, the EU and Australia/New Zealand which was followed by a presentation by Cynthia Boudrault from Health Canada on their new draft guidance for health claims related to the reduction in post-prandial glycaemic response. Rachel Rebry from NDI presented the results from their systematic literature review of the evidence in relation to guidance documents from Health Canada and EFSA for health claim substantiation. Three expert reviewers (Dr. Harvey Anderson, Dr. Tom Wolever and Dr. Dan Ramdath) were asked to present their opinion on the review conducted by NDI. Specific questions regarding the evidence and potential for making function or structure-function type health claims in Canada, the US and the EU were posed to a panel with the expert reviewers as well as regulatory specialists Dr. James Hoadley, formerly with the US FDA and Dr. Loretta DiFrancesco. All delegates participated in breakout sessions at the end of the day, where discussions focused on claim wordings in different jurisdictions as well as future research priorities.

Funding for this project was provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP).  In Saskatchewan, this program is delivered by the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan.

For more information, please contact Julianne Curran at

Agenda - Lentils and Post-Prandial Glycaemia Agenda - Lentils and Post-Prandial Glycaemia
Lentils Post-Prandial Glycaemia Delegate Information Package Lentils Post-Prandial Glycaemia Delegate Information Package
1 - Global Regulatory Landscape (Krista Coventry) 1 - Global Regulatory Landscape (Krista Coventry)
2 - Post-Prandial Glycaemia Guidance (Cynthia Boudrault) 2 - Post-Prandial Glycaemia Guidance (Cynthia Boudrault)
3 - NDI Literature Review Results (Rachel Rebry) 3 - NDI Literature Review Results (Rachel Rebry)
4 - Expert Reviewer (Dr Harvey Anderson) 4 - Expert Reviewer (Dr Harvey Anderson)
5 - Expert Review (Dr Tom Wolever) 5 - Expert Review (Dr Tom Wolever)
6 - Expert Reviewers (Dr Dan Ramdath) 6 - Expert Reviewers (Dr Dan Ramdath)
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