Research and Monitoring

Knowing what Americans eat and how their diets affect their health provides valuable information to guide policies on food safety, food labeling, food assistance, military rations and dietary guidance. Nutrition monitoring is necessary for evaluating public health strategies, the effectiveness of food and nutrition programs, and making the connection between diet and health. 

Tools that allow analysis of food, such as nutrient databases, are integral to tracking individual and population nutrient consumption and should be updated to reflect foods in the current marketplace. It is crucial that the Academy has the research to support the value of our services and provide outcome measures. This research is used as the basis for the need for services provided by our members in legislation and policy.