Some of the world’s top health experts have released a new food guide that suggests you can’t simply rely on the food labels on your supermarket food.
The food guide, which is based on the work of food scientists from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), recommends that consumers “analyse the foods and food labels that you see on the shelf.”
It also recommends that people “try to eat foods that are different in their nutritional profile” such as “chocolate milk, peanut butter, avocado, walnuts, and green beans,” and “sourdough bread, potato chips, or plain bread.”
The guide also says that “it’s important to look for the nutritional profile of the foods you eat.
Do they have the same amount of calories, cholesterol, fat, protein, and fiber?””
Some people are more sensitive to nutritional profile,” said Dr. J. Michael Curhan, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.
“If you can get the nutritional data of a food that’s different in the way it’s prepared or in the amount of fat, for example, you’ll be less sensitive.”
Curhan noted that it’s possible to find the nutritional profiles of many foods.
“The way we know what is a healthy diet is based upon the food label,” he said.
“There are a lot of nutritional profiles and there are a few that have changed over time,” he added.
The Harvard-Sciences Department of Nutrition has published the guide, titled The Complete Guide to Foods: The Health Benefits of Eating the Right Foods, in partnership with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
The Harvard-NIAIDS Center for Nutrition Science and Engineering has also published a supplement to the guide that offers more detailed nutrition information.
CfAdvisor, a food price comparison website, has also launched a beta version of its product, where users can find a wide range of healthy food choices, including the new beta carob.
The website will be available for free for people who sign up through March 15.