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Meals & nutrition

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miguel Navarro

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The clean eating diet consist of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, proteins, nuts and seeds, whole grains not white bread, refined sugar free, vegan, vegetarian, paleo or gluten free options based on your preference.

Food insecurity is defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as limited or uncertain access to adequate food [1]. In 2020, 10.5% of United States (US) households were food insecure [2]. In the US, people experiencing food insecurity often must simultaneously cope with higher levels of stress, inadequate access to healthy food, and fewer resources for taking care of their health. Thus, they are also at higher risk for poor mental and physical health, including increased rates of diet related chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease [3,4,5].

A set of common nutrition standards creates an opportunity to align decision making across the multiple links in the sourcing chain. They can be used as donors decide what foods to donate; food banks and food pantries decide what foods to purchase; and individuals at food pantries decide what foods to take home. In fact, there is growing empirical evidence supporting the impact of this approach on improving access to healthy foods. One recent study suggests that when food banks identify their inventory by nutrition rank, their member food pantries order significantly healthier items [16]. In another study, six pantries that implemented a nutrition ranking system significantly improved the nutritional value of their inventory [17]. Finally, a third study found that after a food pantry implemented nutrition ranking and rearranged its shelves to clearly identify healthier items, the nutritional quality of food selected by clients improved significantly [18].

An additional challenge faced by food banks is that healthier food options often cost more per pound than less healthy alternatives [22] (e.g., brown rice vs. white rice). This can be problematic because food distribution is primarily measured and reported in pounds [23], and food banks have limited financial resources. However, in the previously referenced MAZON survey, 86% of the food banks that implemented a nutrition ranking system reported either no change or an increase in annual pounds of inventory [12].

Although the panel acknowledged the importance of emphasizing beneficial nutrients and encouraging the intake of under consumed nutrients, such as fiber, vitamin D, calcium, and iron, they were ultimately not included in the standards (with some exceptions described below). Algorithms that include both beneficial nutrients and nutrients to limit are more complex to implement, generally requiring additional training and/or calculations. In addition, providing credit for beneficial nutrients may encourage excessive or inappropriate use of fortification in foods that may not be otherwise considered healthy. For example, a heavily fortified cereal that is high in added sugars may be considered healthy under these algorithms, even when a general consumer or a nutrition expert would recognize them as less healthy. This inconsistent messaging creates consumer confusion.

The panel, however, created two exceptions to this general strategy. The first exception was for grains. There is significant and growing evidence to support the consumption of whole grains, although few Americans meet current DGA recommendations. Thus, the panel determined that identification of whole grains from the ingredient list was critical to the nutrition standards. Fiber content, which would have been easily identifiable on the NFL, was considered as a proxy measure of whole grain content but was rejected for two reasons: (1) there are numerous products on the market that may be fortified with functional or isolated fiber, but may not otherwise be considered healthy, and (2) there was often a thin margin between the fiber content of whole grain and non-whole g


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