January 8, 2016

Food For Thought

New federal dietary guidelines have been released…  what are your thoughts, given what you have learned through our CF weight loss challenges?  How do these guidelines measure up?  I see that “low fat” is still included – it’s very possible this is supposed to direct people towards whole foods like fruits and vegetables, but it still leaves open the possibility for marketing departments in the processed food industry to stamp “low fat” on packaging…

image credit: NYTimes iStock

“This year, the advice to cut back on sugar — specifically to limit added sugars to 10 percent of daily calories — may also lead to changes in food nutrition labels. This summer, the Food and Drug Administration proposed labels that would require food and beverage firms to disclose the amount of added sugar as a way to distinguish it from naturally-occurring sugar in foods. The advice to cut back on sugar echoes similar advice from the World Health Organization and other groups, which have cited evidence that lowering added sugar could reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.”