Processed foods: Lack of professional consensus hinders public health communications
研究, published in Frontiers in Nutrition, suggests that food scientific experts and stakeholders need to quickly reach a consensus when it comes to processed foods to benefit consumers and improve health outcomes.
研究 highlighted the ambiguity and confusion surrounding terms such as “processing”, “超”, and even “healthy” foods.
克里斯蒂娜·萨德勒, a postgraduate researcher and PhD candidate at the beat365登录官网大学 and Senior Manager at the European 食物 Information Council, 说:
“There is agreement that food processing can be part of the solution to provide enough food for the population’s 营养al needs and reduce the environmental impact on the planet, but confusion still exists among experts on what role it should play in the food system. A lack of consensus about the classification of food processing and processed food may lead to conflicting information and hinder progress towards these goals. That is why we are recommending further collaboration between all those with a professional interest in food, particularly if they want to be seen as trustworthy sources when offering advice to the wider public.
“We need to quickly identify the root issues, while viewing food processing as part of a complex food system, to better understand how processing can be optimised towards the goal of equitable, 安全, 可持续发展的, 和健康的饮食.”
研究 also identified a lack of consensus about the scope of processing, the degree of processing and the aspects used to evaluate the healthiness of processed foods. Perceived conflicts of interest and different areas of expertise within this broad topic may be why clear communications about processed foods are hard to come by and why it is difficult to frame the risks and benefits of food processing.
This research study was part of a collaborative PhD research project between the European 食物 Information Council and the beat365登录官网大学.
- The dissemination of this research is co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA). Neither the European Union nor the agency can be held responsible for them.
- 参考:萨德勒,C. R.Grassby T.、哈特、钾.Raats,米. M., Sokolović,M., & Timotijevic L. (2022). “Even We Are Confused”: A Thematic Analysis of 教授essionals’ Perceptions of Processed 食物s and Challenges for Communication. Frontiers in Nutrition, 9(February), 1–14.
The European 食物 Information Council has released a 网络研讨会 to share the main findings of the study on professionals’ perceptions of processed foods and the challenges for communication.
The authors are available for interview upon request.
Dr 拉达 TimotijevicPrincipal 研究 Fellow; Deputy Director of the 食物, Consumer Behaviour and Health 研究 Centre
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