Public Health ESDN attends workshop on processed foods
Teresa Rodrigues, from the Public Health ESDN represented EFAD in the workshop organised by the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) which invited stakeholders from various fields.
Here are the key points Teresa shared:
Most foods are processed to some degree, so it’s important to make clear the difference between processed and ultra-processed foods
Consumers usually associate processed foods with the use of additives, mass production and packaged food
Health professionals should invest in teaching their community about processed foods and their effects on health and the environment
There seems to be disagreement among professionals on differentiating processed and highly processed foods and the usefulness of ultra-processed foods for vulnerable groups, which is a worrying reality of the food aid distribution programs
It is important to adopt a consensus, especially in information aimed at consumers, to increase the population's food literacy and work for 'one health' - and to reach a clear and robust regulation to protect consumers from abusive practices of the food industry
We need evidence-based communication and multidisciplinary teams with public health dietitians to promote healthy and sustainable food consumption based on seasonal and regional foods, which also promotes the circular economy.
The results of this workshop will be published in a peer-reviewed publication.
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