New Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Last Thursday, after much food industry lobbying and skirmishing, the Obama administration finally released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). The DGA expert panel had recommended that the guidelines expressly tell Americans to eat less meat; the omission of this directive in the final version is widely seen as a meat industry victory. However, for the first time the guidelines do advise the public to limit added sugar consumption (to 10% of daily caloric intake), which may lead to the long-awaited “added sugar” disclosure on the Nutrition Facts panel. Excellent DGA analysis here from Politico and Marion Nestle.
By the way, some of you may remember my recent Civil Eats piece on the shocking levels of sugar in many school breakfasts, which cited as one cause the lack of any official dietary guidance on added sugar consumption. If added sugars are eventually disclosed on Nutrition Facts labels, I do think we’ll then see an added sugar cap imposed in federal school food nutritional standards. But I suspect we’re still many years away from that outcome.
Campbell’s to Label GMO Ingredients
Campbell’s announced last week that it will disclose genetically modified ingredients on its food labels, breaking ranks with other leading processed food companies. More here from the New York Times.
Yogurt Wars Head to Court
Yesterday I noticed this full-page ad for Chobani’s 100-calorie yogurt in my New York Times and, as a former advertising lawyer, I was surprised by how aggressive – indeed, reckless – the claims are.
Likely noting the recent success of additive-focused campaigns such as those led by Vani Hari (aka the “Food Babe“), Chobani tells readers that Yoplait’s 100-calorie product contains potassium sorbate, adding “Potassium sorbate? Really? That stuff is used to kill bugs.” It also attacks Dannon’s 100-calorie yogurt for using sucralose, noting “Sucralose? Why? That stuff has chlorine added to it.” Not surprisingly, Dannon threatened legal action, leading Chobani to see a declaratory judgement allowing it to continue making those claims. More here.
Wendy’s Commits to Cage-Free Eggs
Who Needs a Helmet?
Food advocate Casey Hinds takes down new “research” finding that drinking chocolate milk can reduce concussion symptoms. Yes, really.
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