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Mark Failla Awarded Society’s Highest Honor in Nutrition

Mark FaillaProfessor Emeritus Mark Failla has been honored as a 2015 fellow of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) for his distinguished academic career, which includes pioneering efforts to better our understanding of how humans absorb carotenoids. Failla is an FIC member and a former co-director of the Food Innovation Center.

Carotenoids are organic pigments found in plants and other organisms that have antioxidant properties. Familiar carotenoids include beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein most commonly found in fruits, vegetables and egg yolks.

For more than 30 years, Failla has been a leader in nutrition on an international scale. He was the first to simulate the digestion of carotenoid-rich foods and the uptake of these pigments by human intestinal cells. This method has been widely adopted by investigators throughout the world to screen the influences of foods such as cassava, sweet potato and corn which are the primary energy source for individuals living in remote areas of developing countries. Learn more.