Does Your Food Get a Gold Star?
Can the new nutritional rating system be trusted?
With nutritional value of foods as an ongoing question of measure, the newest nutritional rating system using gold stars has come to food labels on the shelves of your local grocery store.
The stars, suggesting which foods are more packed which nutrients and which are not, have shifted the habits of shoppers as well as educated them on how to eat healthier according to a recent study.
"Our results suggest that point-of-sale nutrition information programs may be effective in providing easy-to-find information that is otherwise nonexistent, difficult to obtain, or difficult to understand," said researchers via the Food Policy journal.
While it's beneficial to have these stars guiding us to nutritional food choices, just how nutritional are the options being showcased?
The program, known as Guiding Stars, is consumer-friendly and focused, but are manufacturers shifting their products to perceive better star-quality contents? The answer is yes.
Reformulation of products to be deemed 'healthier' has been a popular result of the Guiding Stars program. While pushing healthier choices, it is hard to decipher if it is honest and genuine. So much as the 'organic' labels on foods aren't always organic, is it naive to believe these labeled foods are as golden as they are said to be by one program?