If someone showed you the above photo and asked you where it was taken, would you ever guess “a nutrition conference”?
Dietz & Watson, manufacturer of deli meats and sausages, commonly has a booth at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ annual conference (FNCE).
Dietz & Watson points to its “no salt added” offerings as proof of their health-consciousness. Never mind the fact that various health organizations — including the American Institute for Cancer Research, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the World Health Organization — have discussed the various health risks (i.e.: heart disease, colorectal cancer, and type 2 diabetes) that arise with consumption of processed meats. In fact, processed meats is the only type of food the American Institute for Cancer Research recommends outright avoiding.
Alas, this is the end result of an organization doling out industry-friendly, toothless health messaging. After all, if the key to health is simply to consume “everything in moderation,” then why not have Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Dietz & Watson, McDonald’s, and Yum! Foods (Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and KFC) at its expo?