Grading on the Curve

Friday, January 04, 2008


Americans overwhelmed by a glut of nutritional suggestions may have hope. The food industry is searching for a new way to standardize such information. The University of Washington's Adam Drewnowski has created his own 100-point system for rating food, which may find its way to your grocery shelves soon.

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Nancy from Seattle, WA

The most exciting thing I found out this idea is the possibility that foods with a low rating will not be able to make certain health claims! You need to be a dietician, statitician and/or lawyer to read the current food labeling system. And once you think you get it figured out, they come up with a new one! It amuses me though that this out-of-the-box thinking has been going on with Weight Watchers for years!! Check it out! And, Robert, if moderation was that easy, we would not have the obesity epidemic we have today! Most people do not have a clue what really is healthy. And have convinced themselves they cannot afford vegetables!

Jan. 09 2008 04:38 PM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

Drewnowski is obviously well meaning and he has a good sense of the ridiculousness perpetrated by the bought and paid for food science research industry but his system, just like the insane food labelling system we have, will only add to the confusion and stress of shoppers.

The nutritionist associated with my post heart surgery rehabillitation hit the nail on the head. Buy the vast percentage of your food from the outside ring in your average grocery store (mostly real, unprocessed food). Buy as little as possible from the aisles and aisles of processed foods the industry gets stocked by bribing for shelf space and placement.

I used to act in plays with a working father of four who confided that he could serve fresh, handmade pasta within a half an hour from getting home from his day job as a car mechanic, with a little help from the kids.

Jan. 07 2008 12:23 AM
Janet Gottlieb from Brooklyn, NY

Since the days of Jack Sprat, we've known that individuals, even in the same household, can require different diets. Most Americans are looking for foods low in calories, but the sick need calorie-dense foods. Sodium is deemed "bad" but some of us have low blood pressure and need salt. For which individual will these ratings be geared? The consumer, no matter how pressed for time s/he is, should review the ingredient and nutrient information already on packages in light of his/her own needs.

Jan. 06 2008 07:48 PM
Robert from NYC

Yes, in maybe less than 10 years fats will be evil again. It's become so obvious even to us, the uninformed are soooo informed now that the obvious has revealed itself to us. Now it's sugar, it will again be fats, this will be harmful and cause cancer today, that will take it's place in a number of years, there will be "studies" to prove this or that, blah, blah, blah. Eat what you like with some moderation.

Jan. 06 2008 10:47 AM

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