The current healthy eating guidelines created by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were established in 1994, and the agency is finally taking steps in reviewing how it classifies “healthy” foods. The current guidelines have some inaccurate information, calling salmon, nuts, and avocados unhealthy, but foods like Pop Tarts and cereal healthy.
Many consumers rely on accurate health information when making food decisions, and updating this information will be essential. Not only is the term “healthy” coming into question, but “natural” is also being evaluated. Right now, there is not a universal definition of the term, although many consumers are specifically searching out these types of foods, believing they are free of artificial ingredients, pesticides, or chemicals.
These findings were published by the Wall Street Journal on May 10, 2016.