It’s no secret that junk food is not good for us. The empty calories, salt, sugar and other ingredients that many of us may not even be able to pronounce has been known to cause illness in the general population for years.
According to CNN, researchers have now developed a food labeling system to tie a diet low in nutritional quality with increased risks of a number of types of cancers.
The Nutri-score logo is based on the British Food Standards Agency’s Nutrient Profiling System which uses a 100 gram measure for calories (energy) sugar, saturated fatty acids, sodium, fiber and proteins. The system has been used in Britain since 2007.
This new five tier system grades the food from A (highest nutritional quality) to E (lowest nutritional quality) and uses color coding so consumers can at a glance see which foods are healthy and which are not.
Other countries in the Euro zone have been evaluating this new system of food nutrition labeling to see if they will adopt it in the near future. Read the article below
Eating junk food tied to higher risk of numerous cancers
By Susan Scutti, CNN
Updated 2:16 PM ET, Tue September 18, 2018
You probably already know that junk food, though delicious, is bad for you. It can have negative health effects such as increasing your risk of heart disease, metabolic disease and even cancer. Now, researchers have used a new nutritional labeling system to tie a diet low in nutritional quality with increased risks of a number of types of cancers.
The Nutri-Score logo is based on the British Food Standards Agency’s Nutrient Profiling System, which is calculated for each food or beverage using a 100-gram content measure for energy (calories), sugar, saturated fatty acids, sodium, fiber and proteins. The profiling system has been used in the UK to regulate food advertising to children since 2007.
The new five-tier nutritional coding Nutri-Score system, which calculates food quality using the same method as the British standard, is unique; unlike the British system, Nutri-Score uses both colors (from dark green to dark orange) and grades (from A for the “highest nutritional quality” to E for the “lowest nutritional quality”) so consumers can understand the quality of a food at a glance.