Red Light Eating

smartchoicesThe Food and Drug Administration is making efforts to remove leading labels from the front of food boxes in stores. More notably, the label “Smart Choice”, used by big name companies like Kellogg’s on cereal boxes like Froot Loops.

What’s more, according to an FDA announcement Americans could expect to see dramatically clarified front-box labeling in the form of a traffic light system. This system is currently used in Britain to show different content levels of salts, sugars and fats.

While adopting a traffic light system is only as perfect as the determinations of high and low content set up by the system itself, an Australian study shows that this system does deter the purchase of red or yellow light foods.


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