How would your grocery shopping change if you knew what foods were healthy and which ones were not?
The government wants to put healthy food labels on all food packages so people can see not only the calories per serving but also how the item ranks on a healthy food scale. The obvious goal for the government here is to help consumers realize that maybe the foods that they buy their kids for lunch or maybe the food that they buy for themselves may be the wrong foods to buy. So with these food labels, we can realize which foods are good for us and which foods are not!
I’m excited about the idea and I’m crossing my fingers that it will get implemented. There are some problems with this theory such as, how are they going to rate every food and beverage item fairly. For instance, how would they rank a dairy product? Milk is incredibly good for you because it has many vitamins and nutrients that your body needs but milk also has a lot of calories! So yeah it would rank high in the healthy level but would the high-calorie count bring its ranking back down?
So if this was my project I would separate everything into different categories! Let’s go back to the milk example, I would rank milk as healthy, then I would state the number of calories per serving. The reason I would classify it as healthy is that I would have already set certain rules on how to categorize all the items. The healthiness of the food item will be considered separately from the calories per serving. So my healthy food labels would state that the food is healthy but beware that this food product may contain a lot of calories!
Overall, I think that this idea is great because when I go grocery shopping I always look at the nutrition facts before the item goes into my grocery cart but I could save myself a ton of time with these customer-friendly healthy labels! It is kind of surprising that the government is trying to help its citizens be healthier. But I believe that this idea would be too hard to accomplish because there are so many factors that have to be considered. Also, what stops the food companies from changing their products so they can go around the rankings? But if the government manages to follow through with this product then I am more than willing to apologize because I do believe that this idea is a good one!
Now it’s your turn readers, how would your grocery shopping change if these food labels made it to stores? Leave your comments below! 😀