Thank you for the excellent nutrition lesson in the Nov. 20 “High Cost of Soda” editorial.
It is gratifying that the president-elect of the American Dental Association started the discussion and we in the nutrition community are grateful that many people are interested in food choices that will promote health.
The editorial correctly referred to the programs that are providing guidelines for sound nutrition as school nutrition programs, WIC and Head Start. In addition, Cooperative Extension and the Maine Nutrition Network are cooperating with USDA to spread the word about wise choice in selection and preparation of food.
As the editorial pointed out, there is no simple answer. We hear thoughtful rationale for banning some items as well as reasons for maintaining freedom of choice. You have opened a door for debate, for consideration of the best way for all of us to learn how to select foods that promote health and prevent disease.
In these difficult economic times, each of us can study, discuss and search for sensible solutions that will allow us to use our resources to the best advantage.
Katherine O. Musgrave