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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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