Is Processed Food the Enemy?
At the recent Food and Nutrition Expo in Philadelphia, dietitians and food manufacturers gathered to discuss current obesity trends, and the role that the food industry might and should play in helping to intercept current weight trends. General Mills and ConAgra spokespersons suggested that processed food has been demonized, despite its positive role in the American diet. In reality, many consumers are busy and don’t prioritize health, don’t have enough time to cook, say cooking is a chore, are confused about what is healthy, or simply maintain that healthy foods cost more. Food manufacturers suggest that processed and prepared foods can be “part” of a healthy and balanced diet. .