According to a recent Washington Post article scientific experts who give guidelines for the way Americans eat might start warning consumers against eating too many ultra-processed foods. The dietary guidelines are updated and published every ﬁve years by the departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. The next edition won’t be published until 2025, but an advisory committee is expected to issue its scientiﬁc report next year.
The past dietary guidelines have “urged people to eat plenty of foods rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein – while warning us to steer clear of foods high in sodium, sugar and saturated fat.” But now, the authors note that the advisory committee is examining the science on obesity and ultra-processed foods – industrially manufactured foods that have unusual combinations of flavors, additives and ingredients, many of which are not found in nature.
The committee’s conclusions could lead to a seminal change in how Americans view nutrition, beyond the basic nutrients in a food, and instead consider how their food is made and what happens to it before it reaches their table.
Regardless, discussions regarding processed food verses ‘real food’ is a great initiative for your wellness program! Contact us for a copy of the article or Click here