Today, we have yet another example of a food industry “science institute” — this time, courtesy of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics partner ConAgra.
The maker of Pam sprays, Healthy Choice frozen entrees, Marie Callender’s frozen meals, and Slim Jim claims it is “committed to providing convenient, nourishing food that fits into a healthy lifestyle”. Okay, then.
The Academy mind-boggingly considers ConAgra a reputable source of continuing education for dietitians. Most of the webinars seem to be ways for ConAgra to get dietitians to recommend its products to clients, all under the guise of “following MyPlate guidelines”, “implementing dietary recommendations”, and defenses of processed food (“From Farm to Nutrition Facts Panel: Understanding the Process”).
Part of the problem here is that the nutrition advice served up by the likes of the ConAgra Food Sciences Institute is simply rehashed from Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate. In doing so, ConAgra appears to play a role in “helping Americans eat better” (although, of course, some of the nutrition advice doled out by government agencies remains outdated), all while producing and marketing highly processed products.