The nutrition world is rife with contradictory advice about what is and is not good for us, making it near impossible for the everyday health junkie to answer a seemingly simple question: What constitutes a healthy diet?
Oldways, a local food education non-profit, grew tired of wading through the muck. At last week’s Finding Common Ground Conference in Boston, the organization brought together a team of some of the country’s top nutrition scientists and tasked them with agreeing upon a clear, universal message about how to eat well. The result was an 11-point consensus statement, emphasizing, among other things, the following:
While none of these findings are particularly shocking, it’s not without significance that a room full of diverse, opinionated food scientists unanimously agreed upon a short list of priorities. In today’s climate of frequent disagreement—“Ninety minutes into the meeting, we were still trying to agree what the hell a vegetable was,” Yale researcher David Katz told STAT—Oldways hopes this feat will further encourage the public to put healthy diet staples on the front burner.
In line with the experts’ focus on media clarity, Oldways has also set up a “matchmaking” service to put journalists in touch with nutrition experts. The service, Oldways Media Clearinghouse, aims to break down all the complicated details that can get lost in translation at press time.
You can view the full Common Ground consensus statements here.
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