The USDA has now given us a poster child for the food industry’s good intentions in helping to improve the American diet. The agency’s new fact sheet on dietary fiber documents how the food industry has used technology to add fiber and whole grains to processed foods. Even so, the total amount of fiber and whole grains available in the food supply just doesn’t seem to budge. Why not? The USDA says the grain-based food industry isn’t giving the agency the data it needs to demonstrate increases and that “a collaborative working relationship” is needed to get better data. Getting more data from the food industry–especially about food composition–would be nice but isn’t going to help people eat more fiber-rich foods. For that, how about eating unprocessed foods!
Next public appearance
New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Andersen. Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Andersen at 2:25 p.m. For the schedule and details, click here.
My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”