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Red Light District: Prostitutes and Now Fat

Do you have a hard time figuring out what is what when it comes to buying food at the grocery store?

The good folks at the Food Standards Industry (FDI) in the United Kingdom are trying to make it as easy as green, yellow and red when seeing what you are putting into your body. With traffic light colours (not colors, we are talking about the UK here), you can see at a glance if the food you’re looking at has high (red), medium (yellow) or low (green) amounts of each of these nutrients in 100g of the food.

The theory is that if you see a red light on the front of the packaging, you know the food is high in something we should be trying to cut down on, like saturated fat. Some people are opposed to the new traffic light labeling saying that it is demeaning and patronizing.

Looks like the UK is bringing easy back. So next time you are browsing the shelves at Tesco, look for the traffic lights.

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SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 9 years
i think it is redundent. dont they have nutrition lables like they do in the US? you can tell from looking at the lable that a food is high in sodium or high in sugar. i think the colors system encourages people to be lazy. if you want to know whats in your food than just read the label.
DStirk DStirk 9 years
i think i would be game for this. I mean i dont find colors patronizing.... maybe if it said like you will get fat if you eat this, then i would feel mad. but the traffic light system seems like a good idea... wouldnt offend me.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
Very cool! The french will never do this (but then, they are a slim and fit nation) because they'd never see the point in giving up their foie gras, croissants, nougats, etc! I think it just offers something to think about and doesn't patronise! PS I LOVE Tescos!
tifygodess24 tifygodess24 9 years
I think its a great idea! I also think in America we should have more Information on the box. Its so easy to look at an item ( especially low fat/fat free ) and see (for example) the serving size is 120 calories with 5 grams of fat but its easy to over eat because people think thats not alot but then they end up eating the whole box. People justify items by eating low fat fat free items without really thinking how truly small the serving size is. I think next to the calories ( per serving) the total calories of the whole box should also be there. Imagine if you see 120 calories per serving (which doesnt seem like alot ) then 1300 per box ( now thats alot! ) I know personally I would likely eat less . Especially with easy to over eat items like crackers . We could do so much more to fix obesity in the country. Yes everyone should be responsible for themselves but unfortuantly some people need a little help.
theotherhalfofme theotherhalfofme 9 years
that would help so much!!
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
That's a great idea!! They should do this in the US.
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