Eating less is a great idea, but SO much of eating less is understanding portion sizes. And in that sense, the restaurants and food products companies need to get on board.
"Conflicts of interest" are also known as "balancing." Isn't it better to have a single agency attempting to determine the optimum intersection of nutrition and agribusiness, rather than a bunch of separate departments trying to shout over each other?
Maintain calorie balance over time to achieve and sustain a healthy weight. People who are most successful at achieving and maintaining a healthy weight do so through continued attention to consuming only enough calories from foods and beverages to meet their needs and by being physically active.
Focus on consuming nutrient-dense foods and beverages. Americans currently consume too
much sodium and too many calories from solid fats, added sugars, and reined grains. These replace nutrient-dense foods and beverages and make it dificult for people to achieve recommended nutrient intake while controlling calorie and sodium intake. A healthy eating pattern limits intake of sodium, solid fats, added sugars, and reined grains and emphasizes nutrient-dense foods and beverages—vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, beans and peas, and nuts
When you reach for your next loaf of bread or sack of grain, look for "Whole Wheat" or "Whole Grain" on the label. Both mean that the flour used in the product was ground from all three parts of the grain – the bran or shell (fiber), the endosperm (carbohydrates) and the germ (B vitamins, Omega fatty acids, minerals). Refined grains, in contrast, are made from only the starchy endosperm. "Whole Grain" applies to all grains – wheat, oats, rye, quinoa, brown rice – while "Whole Wheat" refers only to wheat products. The labeling rules for "Whole Wheat" bread and pasta are strict; only whole wheat flour can be used in those products. Unfortunately, that's not true for "Whole Grains." To qualify for the label, the whole grains in the product must make up 51% or more of the product's entire weight. As a result, many "Whole Grain" products contain both whole and enriched refined grains. Check the ingredient list and look for whole grain at or near the top of the list.
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