Health experts are calling on food manufacturers to create healthier meals with no additives or preservatives.
In fact, a new study published in the journal Science found that a diet rich in whole foods can actually help you lose weight.
Read moreHealth experts are urging food manufacturers that produce their products to make healthier, low-sugar and nutrient-rich meals instead of adding artificial sweeteners, salt, and artificial flavors.
The result is a healthier and less processed meal, the authors of the study said.
Read the full articleFood companies should not just use food coloring to enhance flavors and colors, they should also make healthier meals, said lead author Emily McLean, an associate professor at the University of California, Davis.
“I think there’s a lot of room for improvement,” she told Reuters Health.
The Food and Drug Administration recently launched a voluntary food safety testing program, but it only applies to products labeled “safe.”
That means products can still be marketed as healthier and contain less artificial sweetener.
McLean and her colleagues tested more than 1,500 foods from the USDA’s food safety database and found a total of 19% contained less than half of the amount of sugar in one serving of a typical white bread, and only 7% contained half the amount.
The findings underscore the importance of using common sense when it comes to food labeling, McLean said.
The study also found that the majority of foods had no added sugars, even though some are high in sugar.
That means there’s no need to add sugar to food to get the most nutrition from it, the researchers said.
But the study also shows that not all foods are created equal.
Some are made with less than a quarter of the sugar, such as a low-fat pizza made with whole wheat and whole grain flour.
Other foods have less sugar, but are not as low in sugar as the ones shown in the study.
The food industry has to take responsibility for their own practices, Mclean said.
The companies should be responsible for ensuring they’re using ingredients that are high quality and are not making products that contain harmful chemicals, including artificial sweetening.
Companies should also not be relying on the FDA to make their products safer, McLeod said.
It’s up to the industry to take action, she said.
“It’s not up to us as consumers.
It’s up in the marketplace.”
For more information, visit the USDA Food Safety website: http://food.usda.gov/foodsafety/reports/pdfs/fda-food-safety-report-01-12.pdf