Reaction to Food Companies Cutting Calories
Yesterday, Michele Obama’s initiative to fight childhood obesity scored a few points when several major food companies agreed to cut 1.5 trillion calories from their products by 2012. They plan to accomplish this by making changes on several fronts: reducing the amount fat and sugar in foods, providing low-calorie alternatives to favorites, and making the size of single-portion products more appropriate.
Several Internet outlets published the news and, as is the trend these days, lots of readers weighed in with their opinions by posting comments. I was shocked by the number of people who responded negatively, listing a variety of reasons: the government is trying to control people, food companies are only doing this so they can charge more for less food, Michele should concentrate on the health of her own family by getting Obama to quit smoking (lol), etc.
I think it’s a step in the right direction toward helping Americans young and old make healthy food choices, better understand proper food portions, and, ultimately, lose weight. Although processed foods are unhealthy for a number of reasons, the excess sugar and fat content are certainly at the top of the list. Hopefully the companies won’t substitute these ingredients with more chemicals and salt to compensate for the different flavor resulting from the cutbacks. Even with the changes, remember that the healthiest foods are whole and unprocessed, like fruits and veggies. I’m curious to hear what you think about this initiative. Post your comments below!
–Laura DeLallo, Founder, Living Fit
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