I have some great news to share: healthy eating has become increasingly important to Americans in recent years.
According to a study conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture, a trend in preference for nutritious food, aided by more frequent use of nutritional information on food labels at the time of purchase, has resulted in healthier diets for adults born between 1946-1985 during the period of time between 2005 and 2010.
As I've already mentioned, it is excellent news that adults are making healthier eating choices and using labels to become more informed about their buying decisions. It is concerning, however, that despite an enhanced dependency on labels, the vast majority of Americans (myself included) do not have the necessary knowledge to understand food labels in their entirety.
What is organic? What is sustainable? What is biodynamic? What is air chilled? Who came up with this recommendation for my daily intake of Vitamin C? These are all questions that few people outside the world of government regulation and policy can entirely answer. As individuals attempt to direct their food choices based on deeply personal beliefs about ethics, health, nutrition and taste, these labels can only be useful if understood.
Given my personal curiosity on this topic, I'm taking it upon myself to forage for the facts behind these terms on labels and deliver them to others in the form of a blog post series. Stay tuned!