Most of us are used to flipping a food package over and taking a look-see at the nutrition label. But what if you could quickly glance at a food and just have one number or graphic image to judge its nutritional value? Wouldn't that make eating healthy easier? Well, that's just what a new study commissioned by Congress is recommending.
The new report urges federal agencies to develop a new front-of-package nutrition rating system for all food and beverage packaging that graphically conveys calorie counts by serving size and a "point" value. This point system would take into consideration saturated and trans fats, sodium and added sugars, according to ScienceDaily.
In a nutshell, this new system would be like an Energy Star equivalent for foods and beverages. Just as people can make decisions on which products are more environmentally friendly with the Energy Star, consumers could choose healthier foods by just looking for this graphic or points number.
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.