Published on September 17th, 2012 | by No Artificial
Read Food Labels to Stay Thin
According to a new study, reading the labels on food products is linked to obesity prevention, especially in women.
Obesity has a negative effect on just about every aspect of a person’s life; as it affects the body and mind. The best way to fight unhealthy weight is being aware of what and how much we eat and paying attention to information printed on the back of the food package.
Along with the Universities of Tennessee, Arkansas (USA) and the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural Finance Research, the University of Santiago de Compostela has participated in a study on the relationship between reading the food label and obesity. The results of the study suggest that people who read nutrition labels tend to be slimmer than those who don’t.
This study also shows that the smoking population pays much less attention to this information. According to the researcher, “their lifestyle involves less healthy habits and as a consequence, it could be the case that they are not so worried about the nutritional content of the food they eat, according to our results.”
As reported by the research team, 58% of men either habitually or always read the information contained within nutritional labels. However, this figure stands at 74% for women. Furthermore, female study participants who scanned labels were more than 8 pounds lighter than their non-label-reading peers.
The information on the food nutrition label is standardized by the Food and Drug Administration. Knowing the number of calories and the amount of fat, sugar and salt in the food products can help you decide which items are better choices. You can plan a convenient yet healthful and balanced diet with this information.