Limitations of the Food Compass Nutrient Profiling System

Flaminia Ortenzi, Marit Kolby, Mark Lawrence, Frédéric Leroy, Stella Nordhagen, Stuart M Phillips, Stephan van Vliet, Ty Beal

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Nutrient Profiling Systems provide frameworks to assess the healthfulness of foods based on food composition and are intended as inputs into strategies to improve diets. Many Nutrient Profiling Systems are founded on a reductionist assumption that the healthfulness of foods is determined by the sum of their individual nutrients, with no consideration for the extent and purpose of processing and its health implications. A novel Nutrient Profiling System called Food Compass attempted to address existing gaps and provide a more holistic assessment of the healthfulness of foods. We propose that the chosen algorithm is not well justified and produces results that fail to discriminate for common shortfall nutrients, exaggerate the risks associated with animal-source foods, and underestimate the risks associated with ultraprocessed foods. We caution against the use of Food Compass in its current form to inform consumer choices, policies, programs, industry reformulations, and investment decisions.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)610-614
Aantal pagina's5
TijdschriftJournal of Nutrition
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
StatusPublished - mrt 2023

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Funding Information:
SMP reports grants from US National Dairy Council, Roquette Freres, and Dairy Farmers of Canada during the conduct of the study; nonfinancial support from Enhanced Recovery outside the submitted work. In addition, SMP has a patent Canadian 3052324 issued to Exerkine and a patent US 20200230197 pending to Exerkine but reports no financial gains. SvV reports grant support from USDA (2020-38640-31521; 2021-67034-35118), the Turner Institute of Ecoagriculture, Applegate LLC, and the Greenacres Foundation during the conduct of the study. SvV reports financial remuneration for academic talks, but does not accept honoraria, consulting fees, or other personal income from food industry groups/companies. ML is a board member of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and the views he expresses in this commentary are his alone and not necessarily those of FSANZ. FL reports financial support of the Research Council of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, including the SRP7, IOF3017, IRP11, and IRP21 projects. FL is a board member of various academic nonprofit organizations including the Belgian Association for Meat Science and Technology (president), the Belgian Society for Food Microbiology (president), and the Belgian Nutrition Society. On a nonremunerated basis, he also has a seat in the Scientific Board of the World Farmers’ Organization. The views he expresses in this commentary are his alone and not necessarily those of the aforementioned organizations. All other authors report no conflicts of interest.

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