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Semaphore nutritional guides consumers in choosing healthy foods

Graphic System facilitates comparison of food and aims to reduce the rate of childhood obesity

 
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System assigns colors - green, orange and red - the nutrients (fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt)
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System assigns colors - green, orange and red - the nutrients (fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt)

To guide consumers in the task of eating foods and nutrients in adequate amounts, the Food Standards Agency, UK, created the "traffic light nutrition." The agency relied on several studies to create a graphics system that facilitates comparison and choice of food. The system assigns colors - green, orange and red - the nutrients (fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt). The initiative aims to promote healthier eating behaviors in order to reduce the rate of childhood obesity.

According to the preset limits by the FSA, if the nutrient is in low amount in food is represented by the color green if on average quantity is orange, if in high concentration will be red.

The red color indicates that the food has a high concentration of fat and saturated fat, sugar or salt, which means that sometimes must be consumed or in smaller quantities. The orange refers to an average concentration of the same properties, ie, it is considered a good choice and, if green, the product is considered the best option healthy and low fat concentration, salt and sugars. The "traffic light nutrition" also has information on calories, designated by the initials CAL and indicated by gray color.

Currently the system was adopted by a network of hypermarkets in Portugal.

Source: Isaude.net
   Palavras-chave:   Food    Healthy food system    Graphic    Green    Orange    Red traffic light nutrition    Food Standards Agency    FSA   
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