Meal Planner

Meal Planner

Don't forget the fish! Make a weekly meal plan and grocery list using this printable planner before hitting the supermarket. Find four of our favorite new seafood recipes here.

Dietary Guidelines; a case study in not missing the story

When the U.S. Dietary Guidelines (DGA) came out yesterday there was a torrent of coverage; USA Today Catch of the week: 8 ounces of fish in your diet , Time Magazine New Dietary Guidelines: Cut Salt and Sugar, Eat More Fish, Washington Post New federal dietary guidelines released, WebMD For First Time, Help Avoiding Bad Foods Added to Help Eating Good Foods, Bloomberg Most U.S. Adults Need to Cut Sodium Intake, Exercise More, Government Says, NPR New Nutrition Guidelines: Read Between The Lines On Red Meat and the list goes on and on.

And guess what. The vast majority of the media got the story right, from the heavy hitters who buy ink by the barrel to the local TV News stations like Fox 23 in Albany who nailed the DGAs message. The basic take always were eat less salt and eat more fish.

Just like whole foods, whole stories are better for you. Yes, in one narrative salt was a big loser but in the whole narrative seafood was a big winner.  Uniformed handwringing over exaggerated scare stories about mercury have for some journalists been the norm when writing about seafood. With that issue in mind here’s hoping the clear science and clear advice delivered by the DGAs and the subsequent responsible reporting on them will usher in a new era of coverage on seafood that starts with page 5 of the Guidelines that states unequivocally, "the benefits of consuming seafood far outweigh the risks, even for pregnant women." 

INDUSTRY SCOOP

  • NFI's East Coast Sensory Workshop
    NFI in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration and NOAA-SIP invites you to participate in an introductory level course for anyone wishing to polish their sensory skills at Quirch Foods, Miami, FL on March 3 and 4, 2015.
  • NFI’s 27th Annual Chowder Party
    NFI’s 27th Annual Chowder Party registration is now open. Join us on Saturday, March 14th at 6:00pm – 7:30pm, at the beautiful Westin Boston Waterfront. For more information, please contact Suzanne at sarteaga@nfi.org or 703-752-8898.