A new and simple color-coded food marking system might help consumers make better nutritional choices and improve the general health of the population.
The Nutri-Score is basically a way of labeling products using a five-color marker that shows how much nutritional value the item has. It was based on a modified version of the Nutrient Profiling System of the British Food Standards Agency (FSAm-NPS) and goes from dark green to bright orange. Letters from A to E also help to better highlight the score.
It is pretty much common knowledge by now that eating natural organic foods and sticking to a mostly healthy diet (and exercise regimen) helps the body function properly and also protects against certain conditions and diseases,. This recent study compared eating habits and found that people eating junk food were exposing themselves to substantial health risks:
“Those consuming on average food products with a lower nutritional quality were at higher risk of developing cancer overall. Stronger associations were observed for colorectal, upper aerodigestive tract, and stomach cancers, for lung cancer in men, and for liver and postmenopausal breast cancers in women”.
While this is not exactly news to anyone, it serves as another reminder that simple dietary changes can have a significant impact on overall health. Helping people make sound and informed choices by implementing a simple system like this can have a real positive influence.
The article concluded that “In this large multinational European cohort, the consumption of food products with a higher FSAm-NPS score (lower nutritional quality) was associated with a higher risk of cancer. This supports the relevance of the FSAm-NPS as underlying nutrient profiling system for front-of-pack nutrition labels, as well as for other public health nutritional measures.”
As always, eating healthy will result in having a long and healthy life