Soundbyte summary: We keep looking for yes/no rule structures to make things simple. There is in fact a yes/no decision on any food – but can only be made in the context of the other foods eaten that day as well as the goals of the person. Some of what we lose in the search for simplicity is the actual solution.
What the Food Compass is trying to accomplish
Why a healthy diet can include poor-quality foods
Why looking for a simple yes/no food rules doesn’t work
How our search for simplicity sometimes hides the solution
he reason we need to be skeptical of “virality”
Mozaffarian et al., 2021. Food compass as a nutrient profiling system (original paper).
Ortenzi et al., 2022. Draft paper outlining limitations of the Food Compass Nutrient Profiling System.