Can A Food Product Scoring System Improve Our Diet And Eliminate Nutrition Confusion?

When it comes to diet, there's so much changing and conflicting information flying around that it can feel impossible to know where to look for sound advice. Decades of nutritional misguidance, lobbying, and corrupt food policies have only left us more confused when we head to the grocery store.

Today on The Doctor’s Farmacy, I talk to Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian about Food Compass, a new food rating system aimed to help determine the general healthfulness of different foods and cut through the confusion when it comes to our food choices. During our conversation we unpack some of the nuances about how foods are assessed by Food Compass, and we also get into some of the more controversial areas, like why processed whole-grain cereals scored higher than minimally proccessed animal products.

We also talk about the difference between an ultraprocessed food and a minimally processed food, and what it is about ultraprocessing that is harmful. Ultraprocessing often takes out fiber and all of the hundreds of thousands of phenolics. Fiber is hugely important for our microbiome, which determines everything about our health, and phytochemicals regulate so much of our biochemistry, gene expression, nutrient sensing systems, and longevity pathways that are so critical for our health. Nutrition science is changing and we have a lot more to unpack as we go forward to make the world a healthier place. I hope you’ll tune in.

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