Effective Food Labels


Does the nutrition information on food labels impact your choices? Data on effectiveness of the labels is inconsistent. In a novel trial conducted on adolescents in low-income black areas, researchers from Johns Hopkins University found that when they labeled sugary drinks with information on how much physical activity would be needed to burn off the calories, it significantly reduced sales of those drinks and increased water consumption. This was compared to providing absolute calorie counts or calories as a percentage of recommended.

PositiveTip: Remember, you would have to run almost 50 minutes to work off the calories in one bottle of soda or fruit juice!