Wednesday, August 27, 2014
"The statement, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN), used a definition of processing that encompassed everything from washing, packaging, and freezing foods like fruits and vegetables all the way up to adding sugars and preservatives for foods like cake mixes and frozen pizzas.
Many nutrition experts contacted by MedPage Today lamented the statement's lack of distinction between minimally and highly processed foods."
"At the extreme, these are foods that all but glow in the dark," said David Katz, MD, MPH, of Yale's Prevention Research Center. "On the other hand, cooking, freezing, drying, and fermenting are also forms of 'processing,' making grilled salmon, frozen peas, dried figs, and organic plain yogurt 'processed foods' too. So much depends on just what we mean."
Andy Bellatti, MS, RD, a nutritionist in Las Vegas, said it was "disappointing to see that vital information like the extent to which a food is processed is considered irrelevant by the authors. A homemade batch of hummus is literally processed, but it is light years away from a bowl of Lucky Charms. No health advocate is worried about Americans eating frozen fruit or baby carrots."