By Marcela Araneda.
Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO is now partnering with food manufacturers and retailers to make it easier for time-poor consumers to choose nutritious ready meals.
The meals will be consistent with the successful CSIRO Low Carb Diet and Lifestyle Plan.
The meals will feature a front of pack labelling mark signalling they are a meal suitable for the CSIRO Low Carb Diet.
Ready meals featuring the mark have been formulated and passed independent tests to ensure strict benchmarks have been met, making them compliant with the food and nutrient specifications of the science-based CSIRO Low Carb Diet.
CSIRO’s Senior Research Scientist Grant Brinkworth said through decades of nutrition and health research CSIRO understood the barriers that can hold people back from improving their diet quality.
“We know that lifestyle factors like time and budget pressures and the growing rate of single person households are fuelling a strong demand for ready meals,” says Professor Brinkworth.
“In Australia, our diet is getting worse. Of the top 20 causes of death in Australia, 14 are lifestyle related, with Type 2 diabetes one of the fastest growing chronic health conditions contributing to these startling numbers.
“As people are seeking convenient food solutions, it is important to make the healthy solution the easy option.”
The CSIRO Low Carb Diet is an energy-controlled, nutritionally complete meal plan that is lower in carbohydrate and higher in protein and healthy (unsaturated) fats.
When compared to ready meals currently available in the Australian market, the meals displaying the `Meal Suitable for the CSIRO Low Carb Diet’ mark on average contain 68% less carbohydrate and 55% less sodium.
“In a world full of so much nutrition noise, few diets have undergone the type of rigorous clinical testing and research that the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet has,” says Professor Brinkworth.
Clinical studies have shown that the CSIRO Low Carb Diet and Lifestyle Plan effectively delivers sustained long-term weight loss and greater improvements in blood glucose control, and reduction in diabetes medication requirements as well as risk factors for heart disease compared to a traditional high carbohydrate, low fat diet.
Be Fit Food Co-Founder and CEO, Kate Save welcomed the partnership with CSIRO.
“The new Be Fit Food Lifestyle Range has been specifically formulated to follow the exact science of the CSIRO Low Carb Diet,” says Ms Save.
“The range is a tasty and convenient way to enjoy the benefits of the CSIRO Low Carb Diet, without having to cook.
“Our philosophy is that food should be the first medicine in the pursuit of optimal health and prevention and treatment of weight-related disease.
“We’re delighted to partner with CSIRO to deliver delicious and nutritionally complete meal options to help people achieve healthier lifestyles.”
The first ready meals compliant with the CSIRO Low Carb Diet are available now.
Companies interested in knowing more about this initiative and related partnership opportunities should contact Harry Rumpler: Harry.Rumpler@csiro.au
Meals can be ordered from: befitfood.com.au/lifestyle
For more information about the CSIRO Low Carb Diet please visit: csiro.au/lcd