Kraft American Cheese Singles Have Been Labeled A Health Food By Professional Nutritionists

Kraft American Cheese Singles Have Been Labeled A Health Food By Professional Nutritionists

Packages of Kraft Singles are seen in this July 24, 2006 file photo, in Chicago.  Kraft Foods Inc., the nation's largest food and beverage maker, reported a second-quarter profit rise of nearly 4 percent on Monday, July 28, 2008, saying higher prices helped offset rising commodity costs. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, file)
Packages of Kraft Singles are seen in this July 24, 2006 file photo, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

 

(The Huffington Post) – Kraft Singles, a type of processed cheese that comes individually wrapped in a thin, plastic film, is the first food to receive the new “Kids Eat Right” label — a stamp of approval designed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help families make healthier decisions in the grocery store.

The “Kids Eat Right” campaign is meant to “raise awareness that the diets of America’s kids are lacking in three important components– dairy, calcium and vitamin D,” according to a statement from AND. But the news has been met with skepticism, if not outright derision.

At Mother Jones, food and agriculture correspondent Tom Philpott cites a 2013 report from food industry lawyer and researcher Michele Simon, “which documented the strong and ever-growing financial ties between the Academy and big food companies, including Kraft.”

Marion Nestle, Ph.d, M.P.H., a professor in the department of nutrition, food studies and public health at NYU, shared the news on her site Food Politics, with a parenthetical — “you can’t make this stuff up.”

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