Healthy Foods: Rules To Making Smart Choices (cont.)

From 100-calorie snack packs to apple dippers, if consumers buy them, the food industry will continue to sell healthy products,

"Companies are rewarded by seeing the bottom line improve, and if that works, then other companies will join in," says Moores. Better yet, "When the bigger companies start making these changes, you know that this thing has legs."

But are these changes enough to really make a dent in America's obesity problem?

"Are we headed in the right direction?" asks Moores. "Absolutely. We are pleased and encouraged to see these changes. But we aren't there, and these changes alone won't get us there."

SOURCES: Cathy Kapica, MD, global director of nutrition, McDonalds, Oak Brook, Ill. Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, WebMD Weight Loss Clinic "Recipe Doctor"; author, Fry Light, Fry Right. Susan Moores, RD, spokeswoman, American Dietetic Association, St. Paul, Minn. Cathleen Toomey, vice president of communications, StonyField Farm, Londonderry, N.H. General Mills. Kraft Foods. WebMD Medical News: "Companies Tout U.S. Obesity Role," by Todd Zwillich, published May 6. 2004. WebMD Medical News: "Fast Food Picks and Pans," by Jennifer Warner, published Aug. 23, 2002.

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