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Alluring Food Labels –Attention Grabbers or Trustworthy Buddies?

Friday, June 17, 2011
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Luring Food Labels - Attention Grabbers or Trustworthy Buddies?Gabriella, a hip city dweller was shocked when she heard Katie her best friend go on about the conveniences of buying amazing, ready to eat foods from Traders, the new convenience store for packaged food foodies.

Katie was a spur of the moment kind of gal and felt reading nutrition labels before buying cereals, salad dressings and the like were a waste of time. For her taste buds, ready to eat foods were more important. Gabriella knew that some of these foods could contain excess amounts of fat and sugar, so she cautioned Katie to be vigilant as they could be responsible for exceeding the caloric needs of the body and thus lead to obesity and other lifestyle disorders.

So, are you a Katie foodie kind of person or a careful Gabriella kind of gal?

 

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21 October, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar To help contain and then reduce endemic obesity The Institute of Medicine* has suggested an additional new labeling - a logo of sorts on packaged food sold in grocery stores.
It would consist of stars or some other simple symbol with a zero-to-3 rating and would give consumers a quick assessment of its nutrition value, similar to the Energy Star rating on appliances. A "zero" on foods that are high in added sugars, saturated and trans fats, and sodium will tell consumers to avoid it as the food is unhealthy.

People are so busy and there are so many products to choose from. If there is a system that could very quickly, almost instantly, identify which foods are healthier in terms of reducing chronic disease risk for children and adults."It's up to the companies to make products that are healthy

*The Institute of Medicine is an arm of the National Academies, a collection of scholars chartered by Congress to give scientific advice to the public.

13 July, 2011 | Sonali Gupta | Reply

Sonali Gupta Consumers often compare prices of food items in the grocery store to choose the best value for money. But comparing items using the food label can help us choose the best value for our health. The food label is one of the most valuable tools we as consumers have. For example, someone with high blood pressure who needs to watch salt (sodium) intake may have a choice of five different types of tomato soup on the rack. One can quickly and easily compare the sodium content of each product by looking at the part of the label that lists nutrition information to choose the one with the lowest sodium content.

13 July, 2011 | Sonali Gupta | Reply

Sonali Gupta Consumers often compare prices of food items in the grocery store to choose the best value for money. But comparing items using the food label can help us choose the best value for our health. The food label is one of the most valuable tools we as consumers have. For example, someone with high blood pressure who needs to watch salt (sodium) intake may have a choice of five different types of tomato soup on the rack. One can quickly and easily compare the sodium content of each product by looking at the part of the label that lists nutrition information to choose the one with the lowest sodium content.

13 July, 2011 | Mrinal Jhangiani | Reply

Mrinal Jhangiani Hi Sonali, I didn't think of it that way but you are right - there is added value in those items that suit our health needs.
Yes, a lower sodium content soup can is better, but 'fresh is best' when ever one has time to cook. Its easy to pressure cook soup and make enough for 3-4 days.
:)

29 June, 2011 | Parul Bhatnagar | Reply

Parul Bhatnagar Hi Friends,
It is very important to start reading food labels for you and your family.It is like a guide for you which explain ingredients and nutritive value of the product.It can help you to decide whether the food item is appropriate for your health conditions and fits into healthy eating plan.

28 June, 2011 | Vijaylakshmi Reddy | Reply

Vijaylakshmi Reddy Nice post. Hope India too catches up on there mandatory regulations very soon.

11 July, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar As there is a change in customer food preferences today, the Indian food market is witnessing unparalleled change and growth. It therefore propels the need for information to be provided on packages for people to make
informed choices.
The Government of India plans make labeling on all processed foods compulsory within three months, as part of a national program promoting cardiovascular health. I hope this gets priority and the Bill is passed.

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