Consumers are said to be increasingly drawn to vegetarianism, veganism and products with simplified, understandable ingredient statements. Additionally, encouraging Americans to consume more fruits, vegetables and whole grains is much needed advice for most. However, diets can be as varied as consumers themselves. As the food industry focuses on developing plant-based foods and beverages with short ingredient lists, are there consumer groups at risk for nutritional deficiencies? And, can the food processing industry be more transparent as to what is, and isn’t, in the products they market.
Joanne L. Slavin, Ph.D., RD, Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota speaking on “Clean Label vs. Unintended Health Effects” at the 2019 Clean Label Conference.