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
This will be the closing keynote to the 7th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference, sponsored by the California Department of Public Health, UC Berkeley, the Atkins Center for Weight and Health, the California Department of Education, Kaiser Permanente, and the California Endowment.
It’s at about 11:30 a.m. in the Long Beach Convention Center.