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Color Nutrition Labels Favor Healthy Choices

Color Nutrition Labels Favor Healthy Choices

Everyone knows that reading packaging labels is not a simple task. Decoding each of the nutrients, figuring out if they are suitable to your diet and still worrying about the calories can give a lot of people laziness, but it is essential to good health. To ease shopping time, an American study of the Massachusetts General Hospital tested a new way of disposing of this information: the use of color.

For four months, 4,600 hospital employees were placed at the disposal of the hospital with three basic colors. Green represented very healthy and fresh foods (such as fruits, vegetables and lean meats), while yellow showed a slightly less complete meal and red, products with almost zero nutritional value. In a second moment of research, green classified products were placed at eye level, while yellows and greens were hidden on lower shelves. At the end of the study, all employees went on to buy more of the green food, and dispensed with the poorest in nutrients.

Food Labels

The article published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows how people are really willing to make healthier choices, they just find it difficult to translate the packaging data. For the researchers in the study, the outcome was satisfactory, as improving dietary choices can help decrease obesity and increase the quality of life of the population.

Learn how to decipher packaging labels

Another name for fat trans

It's impossible not to have a light feeling when reading 'does not contain trans fat' in the packaging of that sweet you like. But nutritionist Roberta Stella explains that it is not just this term that reveals the presence of the ingredient in a product. "When there is hydrogenated vegetable fat, the food has trans fat, even if it is not declared."

True cholesterol-free

Many vegetable products like to emphasize on their labels that they are cholesterol-free.

Diet, Light or Zero?

When it comes to entering a diet, it is common to attack diet foods thinking they have few calories. In fact, products with this classification are made to meet the need of people with a specific condition, such as diabetics, celiacs or hypertensives, which does not always mean less caloric value.

Zero products are similar to diet for the sake of overriding one of its components. Still, reading the label is very important because replacing one ingredient can bring in too much of it. This is what happens with sweeteners that have a lot of sodium, as the nutritionist explains.

In the case of light, the confusion can be even greater. As the classification is given for foods that have a minimum reduction of 25% in calories or in some nutrient, some diet products can also be considered light. But the expert warns: "What should be clear is that neither type of food always has a reduced caloric value."


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