We have become so accustomed to food industry interference in food policy that it’s easy to forget what nutrition recommendations free of industry’s vice grip would look like. Fortunately, Brazil is showing the way.
Last week, Brazil issued new dietary guidelines for public comment.
Marion Nestle outlines them in today’s Food Politics post:
“1. Prepare meals from staple and fresh foods.
2. Use oils, fats, sugar and salt in moderation. [DFPI adds: We wish this statement did not include the word “fats”, since that includes healthful whole foods like nuts, seeds, and avocados.]
3. Limit consumption of ready-to-consume food and drink products
4. Eat regular meals, paying attention, and in appropriate environments.
5. Eat in company whenever possible.
6. Buy food at places that offer varieties of fresh foods. Avoid those that mainly sell products ready for consumption.
7. Develop, practice, share and enjoy your skills in food preparation and cooking.
8. Plan your time to give meals and eating proper time and space.
9. When you eat out, choose restaurants that serve freshly made dishes and meals. Avoid fast food chains. [DFPI adds: How refreshing to recommend that fast food chains be avoided (as opposed to suggesting healthwashed, lower-calorie items)].
10. Be critical of the commercial advertisement of food products. [DFPI adds: Bingo! This is the direction nutrition advice needs to follow.]”
These type of developments are especially important because they demonstrate to industry-friendly organizations like the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that there are alternatives to putting the food industry on a pedestal and applauding their ‘baby steps.’