As defined by the guidelines, SoFAS are solid fat and added sugar. We are left to draw our own conclusions as to what the authors of the document are referencing since they avoided actually naming the "bad for you" foods. Here's one interpretation to get you thinking....
If you take to heart some of the criticism in the media regarding the new guidelines, a common theme is how the guidelines fail to include suggestions for achieving a better diet. One of the obvious ideas that could have been suggested and one of the easiest to achieve is cooking more at home. By it's very nature, cooking at home helps you control portion size, variety and nutrients where restaurants and prepared food manufacturers are slower to act on your behalf.
My husband and I, while living in Dallas, were neighbors with a restaurateur. He gave us some freebies once inviting us to sample his establishment. The portions were huge! We asked him why so much food had been served (on enormous plates). He said he hated serving that much food -- often much of it went to waste -- but he had to because his competition did. If folks came in and paid $12.00 for an entree they wanted a lot of food. Even if they could not finish it.
The idea of cooking at home is easy to embrace if you already like cooking at home. For me, I not only like, but love cooking at home. But had I not had mentors along the way, my path could have been very different. This thought got me thinking. Who are my "cook at home" mentors?
Of course magazine recipes, cookbooks and the typical celebrity chefs have played a role. More importantly, I have very personal mentors who have really inspired me.
My mom - when using alcohol in cooking says, "Use only what you are willing to drink." One of my first lessons in using the best ingredients possible. Go Mom! The "cooking" Sherry I use is a lovely Sherry from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
Joy, my long ago, co-worker/friend/neighbor showed me the love in making a potluck dish and sharing with friends. I really do believe you can tell the difference if the cook cares about what they're making. I still make her chicken enchilada casserole.