Dismayed by the growing epidemic of diabetes, obesity, and other health problems related to a diet that is poor in nutritive value, experts have devised a new rating system based on a scale of 1 – 100; with 1 being the lowest end of the nutrition scale and 100 being the highest; and simple, bright graphics of hexagons have been added which should make this information easily visible.
In some locations products with the new labeling, which has been dubbed the NuVal system, are already available; in others, products are yet to become available to consumers.
This is not designed to be rocket science. It is designed so the average shopper can make nutritionally wise choices in a busy supermarket with a child in the shopping cart whining the entire time, or so, hopefully, those that have a difficult time understanding the current labeling practices will be able to understand future ones.
Personally, I am all for a simple system of labeling that makes nutrition information easy to understand in a hurry. But then, I always tend to choose things like fresh fruit rather than potato chips, anyway. This, in fact, has been mentioned as a criticism of implementing yet another system of nutrition ratings.
Officials are optimistically hoping that this will make it easier for Americans to buy healthier foods and stay away from things that are on the lower end of the nutrition value, but critics have predicted that people will still buy calorically empty junk food or sodium laden, high fat foods, avoid exercising, and stay seated on the couch, because that is the habit they have developed.
Those (me, included) that are already active and eat well are not the ones that are going to pay much attention to the upcoming changes, unless it is to compare brands to see which is higher in nutrients while we are buying our bananas, low-fat milk, and whole wheat bread.
I don’t know about others, but I am so accustomed to eating healthily that junk food tastes like, well, junk. I don’t even like it. I do have a vicious sweet tooth, though, but because I get so much exercise I don’t fret much about indulging it sometimes.
Which, I think, is the real key-not worrying oneself into an anxious tizzy over how many calories or fat grams you have consumed, but getting lots of exercise or being active. God did not create mankind to be couch potatoes.
He also did not intend for us to overindulge ourselves on any kind of food or exercise (or anything else, for that matter), but it is good for the soul to pig out once in a while as long as one eats well the bulk of the time. And even eat some of that junk food, or in my case, way too many cookies.