ModifyHealth, a leader in the burgeoning food as medicine industry, recently released four new meal plan offerings catering to a variety of dietary needs in the US. In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney talks about these new plans, which were introduced in response to the increasing demand from consumers managing specific medical conditions including celiac disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and beyond. Food as medicine refers to a philosophy that promotes the use of whole foods, nutritional therapy and diet modifications to prevent, manage and even treat certain diseases and health conditions. It often integrates a more holistic view of health, considering not just the physical body but also emotional, mental and environmental factors. With the launch of these new meal plans, ModifyHealth solidifies its reputation as a frontrunner in the food as medicine industry. The team questions the validity of these meals plans and the food as medicine industry but commend ModifyHealth for taking a different approach in a crowded market.
Also in this episode, Sydney talks about MenuTrinfo, a private company that established its own certification programs to indicate that certain food products are free from specific allergens. MenuTrinfo operates a heavily vetted ‘Certified Free From’ scheme with standards that have raised the bar for allergen-free products. The brand emphasizes on the necessity for continuous surveillance and every outlet undergoes frequent and quantified testing based on the allergen risk it poses. MenuTrinfo addresses cross-contamination by mandating that an outlet or manufacturing facility implements a robust and verified allergen control plan. Overall, MenuTrinfo’s ‘Certified Free From’ certification is an initiative that stands at the intersection of consumer safety and industry transparency, paving the way for a safer, more informed marketplace. The team applauds the work of private organizations that prioritize food safety but criticizes the government for not being able to implement such robust labeling schemes themselves.
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