A quick read for Nutrition Month. Do you understand the influence of the food industry? Are you aware that the food industry funded research is 5x more likely to conclude that there is no association between sugar sweetened beverages and obesity than systematic reviews without conflicts of interest.
When laws are passed and delayed for the benefit of the food industry it sends a strong message to the public. Is the government is inadequately responding to the health problems our population faces because corporate profit is more important?
I don’t think that labelling calories of food items will solve the health crisis we’re facing but … I do think that labelling calories can help consumers make better decisions about their food based on increased knowledge for the times that they do choose to eat out.
Past FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg has said “Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home and people today expect clear information about the products they consume … Making calorie information available on chain restaurant menus and vending machines is an important step for public health that will help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families.”
Marion Nestle, Big food, food lobby and industry involvement in policy development.
His nutrition pet peeve is that there is a misconception that there is a scientific debate about sodium. There is a consensus of health organizations from around the world about sodium, there is no debate. Healthy food creates healthy employees who are more productive.
He mentioned the Minister of Agriculture helping to develop food policies to promote healthy living and he states that much of the misinformation spread about nutrition is by the food industry pushing out contradictory information to confuse people.
What if you could get a single message out to the general public about food or health- What would it be?
I would say that Canadians should understand that currently to date the government has been responding to the needs of the food industry, not to the public’s interest in obtaining healthy foods and that needs to change.
Cheryl is a Registered Dietitian who wanted to share her expert opinion on the excessive amounts of sugar in juice cleanses and why she loves pasta so much.
How can juice cleanses be helpful? They overload the body with excessive amounts of sugar while depriving it of protein and fat.
We took a moment to talk about the barriers to healthy eating and weight management. Her opinion was that part of the problem is related to sleep, time and stress management.