All you foodies who feel guilty about what you’re eating listen up. A lot of your guilt may be driven by misinformation. Feeling guilty about food coloring? Relax, usually the color is drawn from other foods such as carrots or beets. Worried about your coffee intake?
Some scientists have noticed that heavy coffee drinkers have a lower rate of Alzheimer and Parkinson’s disease. Where did I pick up these comforting words of wisdom? It’s a web site I have just discovered FoodInsight.org maintained by the International Food Informatin Council. The Council’s objective is to communicate science-based information about health, food safety and nutrition for the public good. These fact-based reports on scientific findings are conveyed in language that is easy for people to understand and apply to their own diets and lifestyles. Many of the reports include peer-reviewed articles which are a great help to professionals, educators, government officials and journalists seeking facts.
While studying FoodInsight.org I came upon a tab I call my own. On the right top of the opening page, above the bright logo, is a search tab. A quick click, and I type in the information I need such as “coffee” (yes, I am addicted), and all of the reliable studies come up.
Cruising around the site I came on some great articles on modern food production, what’s sensible, and what to do when your child has an upset stomach. Diet conscious people will find tons of information on low calorie sweetners. Again, there are many unfounded rumours about artificial sweetners.
Instituted in 1985, IFIC, based in Washington, DC, is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of disseminating science based information on food safety and nutrition. Supported primarily by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries, it is unique in that it does not represent any product or company, nor does it lobby for legislative or regulatory action.
From now on any time you hear something bad about the food you like just go to FoodInsight.org and check it out.