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US: 10 things the food industry doesn’t want you to know

Nutrition experts Marion Nestle and David Ludwig question whether the food industry can be trusted to play a constructive role in obesity prevention. They highlight 10 things junk food makers don’t want people to know about their products or how they promote them:

  • Junk food makers spend billions advertising unhealthy foods to kids.
  • The studies that food producers support tend to minimize health concerns associated with their products
  • Junk food makers donate large sums of money to professional nutrition associations.
  • More processing means more profits, but typically makes the food less healthy.
  • Less-processed foods are generally more satiating than their highly processed counterparts.
  • Many supposedly healthy replacement foods are hardly healthier than the foods they replace.
  • A health claim on the label doesn’t necessarily make a food healthy.
  • Food industry pressure has made nutritional guidelines confusing.
  • The food industry funds front groups that fight antiobesity public health initiatives.
  • The food industry works aggressively to discredit its critics.

The authors were commenting on an article published in Journal of American Medical Association, 15 Oct 2008

Read more: US News & World Report, 17 Oct 2008

Published on October 17, 2008 in International news