Do food labels make us eat healthy?

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Do food labels make us eat healthy?

Published: July 7, 2015

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Technical complexities, such as the difference between fat and saturated fat, also confuse the customers. PHOTO: OPRAH

If you are making unhealthy food choices, part of the blame can be shared by food labels that confuse consumers with an overload of information, says a new research.

“We found that the range of labels used by retailers and manufacturers can be confusing to customers for a number of reasons,” lead researcher Sheena Leek from the University of Birmingham in Britain was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.

“The number of individual pieces of information on a product – such as fat, saturated fat, salt, sugar and calories, as well as percentage of guideline daily amount, grams per serving and a related colour scheme – can cause overload confusion,” Leek said.

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Technical complexities, such as the difference between fat and saturated fat, also confuse the customers, the research revealed.Decision making of the shoppers also get affected by a lack of knowledge about what constitutes a healthy diet, the study that involved face-to-face interviews with 30 shoppers.

When participants were asked to pick up healthy food by reading the labels on the products, one in seven of the decisions taken by respondents were incorrect, the findings showed.

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Humi

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
to an extent yeah but there are ways to work out the labelling requirements and be deceptive...

I hope an "added sugar" row gets added to labels because sometimes its hard to tell how healthy something is without it especially if its a product based on fruits and veggies as they naturally have a lot of sugar themselves and you can' tell how much is added..
 

چھومنتر

Minister (2k+ posts)
to an extent yeah but there are ways to work out the labelling requirements and be deceptive...

I hope an "added sugar" row gets added to labels because sometimes its hard to tell how healthy something is without it especially if its a product based on fruits and veggies as they naturally have a lot of sugar themselves and you can' tell how much is added..


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