I'm guessing most of you are getting accustomed to reading a food label before you eat something, especially if you're counting calories. How many of you know how to read a food label? How many of you find it confusing?
While it can be a tricky thing to decipher, it's a great tool to use to stay on track. To me, the hardest part I can see is making sure you're looking at serving size
and servings per container
on a label. These two values can be extremely helpful in keeping you informed. Many "small" packages contain more than one serving, and while they may be very easy to eat in one serving, you could be consuming double to triple the calories you thought you were.
There was an article published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics last month that looked at modifying the way a food label is presented in foods such as these. They surveyed thousands of people and had them use current nutrition labels that listed 2 servings per container with a single column, listing 2 servings per container with a dual column (one with one serving and one for the whole package) or a single column with the facts for the entire package. They found that people liked having more information through the dual columns or the nutrition facts for the entire package (1 serving per container).
You can already find dual labels on 20 ounce soda bottles. It lists the facts for a single serving (8 ounces) as well as the entire 20 ounce bottle. While it may seem like a simple thing to do, I like the direction they're attempting to take. I personally feel like the less guess work that people have to do, the more likely a person is to make a healthier choice.
What are your thoughts on this?
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