Valuable nutrients are lost when food is tossed, Hopkins study finds – Baltimore Sun

Americans waste as much as 40 percent of the available food every year across the country and much of it is nutritious, representing a missed opportunity to improve people’s diets and prevent hunger, say researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future.

The center’s researchers calculated the nutritional value of wasted food at the retail and consumer levels, showing just how much protein, fiber, calcium, potassium, vitamin D and other nutrients are lost even as millions of Americans go hungry or don’t get enough of these nutrients.

While they found some of the food that gets tossed is not consumable, much of it is, including nutrient-dense fruits, vegetables, seafood and dairy products that are wasted at disproportionately high rates.

“Huge quantities of nutritious foods end up in landfills instead of meeting Americans’ dietary needs,” said Marie Spiker, the study’s lead author and a fellow at the Center for a Livable Future, in a statement. “Our findings illustrate how food waste exists alongside inadequate intake of many nutrients.”

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