Reading Food Labels Helps Prevent You From Piling On The Pounds

Consumers who take the time to read the nutrient information on food labels weigh less than those who don’t. In fact, on average there is more than a 9lb (~4kg) difference between those who bother to read the labels and those who choose to ignore them.

In general, men (and particularly smokers) pay less attention to nutrient information when buying groceries. Reading the labels on food packaging is vital to improving diet quality and maintaining a healthy, balanced diet. It allows us to make informed meal and snack choices which provide us with an adequate energy intake (adjustable for weight gain/weight loss/body composition changes) from the correct balance of macro and micronutrients.

Reference:

Loureiro ML, Yen ST, Nayga RM, The Effects of Nutritional Labels on Obesity, Agricultural Economics, 2012, 43(3): 333.

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Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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