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Douglas Balentine

Douglas Balentine
North American Unilever Health Institute Focal Point Head & Director of Nutrition Sciences
Unilever North America

Dr. Douglas Balentine is the North American Unilever Health Institute focal point head and director of nutrition sciences for Unilever North America. In this position he is responsible for nutrition communications, sciences and health and wellness for Unilever North America. In his prior role he was leader of the Unilever Global Technology Center for Health and Wellness at the Unilever Health Institute. He also led the Global Unilever research program on the Health Benefits of Tea. Prior to this assignment he held the position of Group Manager of Beverage Research at Lipton. At Lipton he led research projects in tea product and process development, the health benefits of tea, tea biochemistry, chemistry and enzymology, and development of ready to drink teas. Dr. Balentine is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists and the United States Tea Council.

Dr. Balentine has a B.S. (1979 with Highest Honours), M.S. (1981) and Ph.D. (1982) in Food Science from Rutgers University. His studies focused on nutritional biochemistry and food technology. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers University he conducted research on yeast cell biology and genetics.

Dr. Balentine has published four comprehensive reviews on tea and the chemistry of tea flavonoids and has co-authored over 20 papers on the biology and health effects of tea. He has presented papers on the chemistry, antioxidant properties and health benefits of tea at a number of scientific meetings in the United States and abroad. His technical innovations have led to 8 United States patents.

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