|MyPlate Calls for "Foods to Increase" as Final Push for 2012|
OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --As the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) kicks off this week, new research from ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG), one of North America's leading food makers, shows that what you add to your diet can be just as important as what you remove.
"Americans are tired of hearing about diet recommendations that focus on foods to avoid," says Kristin Reimers, PhD, RD, Nutrition Manager, ConAgra Foods. "Eating should be an enjoyable experience, which is why we are excited to present these research findings that encourage people to stop thinking about foods they shouldn't be eating and, instead, focus on foods that help to enhance a healthful lifestyle."
ConAgra Foods is presenting findings from three studies at FNCE this year. Findings from the first study come at a good time as USDA's MyPlate Dietary Guidelines are emphasizing the intake of whole grains as a "food to increase" throughout the remainder of 2012.
In addition to the whole grain study, results from two additional studies show some foods, when added to the diet, can help to improve diet quality. Headlines from these these studies include:
Easy Solution for Healthy Living
Americans' Favorite Non-Starchy Vegetable
"Years of research show restrictive diets are challenging for people to follow for long periods of time," says leading cardiologist, Dr. James Rippe, founder and director of the Rippe Lifestyle Institute, one of the world's leading research and health promotion organizations, and the research institution that conducted these studies. "It is easier for people to look at healthy eating through a positive lens by focusing on foods they can eat to improve their overall diet - more so than foods they can't eat."
"These studies provide easy options for people looking to improve their diet," notes Reimers. "Snacking on popcorn, substituting a portion controlled frozen meal for lunch or adding more canned tomatoes to your weekly meal routine are simple modifications that can help people to eat better."
This research was supported by ConAgra Foods, Inc., and abstracts are available as of Oct. 7, 2012, via www.ConAgraFoodsScienceInstitute.com.
About ConAgra Foods
ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG), is one of North America's leading food companies, with brands in 97 percent of American households. ConAgra Foods provides some of America's long-time favorites. Consumers can find Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Hebrew National, Hunt's Tomato Sauces and Ketchup, Marie Callender's, Orville Redenbacher's, PAM, Reddi-wip, Slim Jim Meat Sticks and Beef Jerky and many other ConAgra Foods brands in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise and club stores. ConAgra Foods operates ReadySetEat.com, an interactive recipe website that provides consumers with Easy Dinner Recipes and more. ConAgra Foods also has a strong business-to-business presence, supplying frozen potato and sweet potato products as well as other vegetable, spice and grain products to a variety of well-known restaurants, foodservice operators and commercial customers. For more information, please visit us at conagrafoods.com.
SOURCE ConAgra Foods