I’ve ranted before on this blog about the need to focus on improving people’s health literacy if we truly want to change lifestyle disease trends. So this article in Medical News Today regarding a new algorithm developed by a doctoral student and her professor at the University of Illinois - really got my attention.
It’s not easy to choose what to eat and drink anymore. We’re bombarded with information about foods, ingredients, farming methods, processing methods, and packaging materials that have been linked to cancer, obesity, allergies, inflammation, diabetes, stroke, heart disease….the list of possible consequences is endless. And since navigating through all the information is tough to do, we often take shortcuts - relying on advertisements, a memory of a headline in the news that morning, or something a friend told us.