Could food labels help us eat healthier? What would a better food label look like?
Particularly interesting is the label on the left, which shows exactly what the overall composition of the food actually is. Meanwhile, the label on the right uses overlapping area charts to put carbohydrate, fat, and protein content in the context of your larger diet.
The label on the right is probably too complex to make it in prime time. But something along these lines would be a great improvement over what we have today — dumb lists of numbers that can be hard for even intelligent people to wrap their minds around. Sadly, we probably won’t see anything approaching this level of utility anytime soon. Even though people have been talking about overhauling food labels for some time, it’s unlikely that we’ll get anything better given the power of D.C. food lobbyists. Just look at their own weak responses to making healthier labels. Not too different from the status quo, right?
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