advertisement
19 March 2013

Foods with green labelling appear healthier

The colour of calorie labels on food packaging may lead people to believe they're healthier than they actually are, according to a new study.

0

The colour of calorie labels on food packaging may lead people to believe they're healthier than they actually are, according to a new study.

People tend to think a candy bar with a green calorie label is healthier than ones with red or white labels, even when the number of calories is the same, a Cornell University researcher found.

This effect was strongest among people who place high importance on healthy eating, according to the study, which was published recently.

"More and more, calorie labels are popping up on the front of food packaging, including the wrappers of sugary snacks like candy bars. Currently, there's little oversight of these labels," Jonathon Schuldt, assistant professor of communication and director of Cornell's Social Cognition and Communication Lab, said in a university news release.

"Our research suggests that the colour of calorie labels may have an effect on whether people perceive the food as healthy, over and above the actual nutritional information conveyed by the label, such as calorie content," he said.

The findings have implications for nutrition labelling, given that front-of-package calorie labels have become increasingly common in the United States.

"As government organisations including the US Food and Drug Administration consider developing a uniform front-of-package labelling system for the US marketplace, these findings suggest that the design and colour of the labels may deserve as much attention as the nutritional information they convey," Schuldt said.

More information

The Nemours Foundation explains how to decipher food labels.

Copyright © 2017 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Hello? »

SEE: Interesting facts about hearing loss Earworms: Let it go Is it bad to sleep with earplugs all the time?

SEE: Do women hear better than men?

The reason why men often appear not to be listening could be because they actually can't hear you.

Confident smile? »

Acidic drinks can harm your kids' smiles The facts on bleaching your teeth Am I taking good care of my teeth?

Why are my teeth stained?

We know the rules – brush your teeth twice a day and floss to keep them healthy. But, have you ever wondered what causes those stains that sometimes appear?