Nutritional Tools |  Top 10 Foods |  Press Room |  Testimonials |  Newsletter |  Download Our Brochure |  Help
NutritionVista
NutritionVista

Alluring Food Labels –Attention Grabbers or Trustworthy Buddies?

Friday, June 17, 2011
Rate it!
  • Currently 4.5 /5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

 

Luring Food Labels - Attention Grabbers or Trustworthy Buddies?The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had notified the PFA (Prevention of Food Adulteration) in 2008 that it is mandatory for the manufacturers of the packaged foods to declare the nutritional information on their products in the form of labels, and an insignia from the companies like ISO, FPO and/or AGMARK after quality check was done. These criteria were set to enable consumers to make informed choices while buying food products. The question being begged here, is whether these practices are being enforced with and followed by the packaged food industry? For example, it is mandatory to put the green and red dots to indicate vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods respectively, but how strictly is this requirement followed?

Worse yet, in some cases these dots aren’t even visible on all packs?

The Indian consumer of late has become extremely skeptical as time and again there have seen unscrupulous manufacturers trying to break the law with false claims. What we urgently need are two actionable rules -

  1. Accurate and meaningful nutritional information be listed clearly on all food packages.
  2. A federally mandated regulatory body that checks and enforces compliance to the declared information and guidelines that manufacturers adhere to all the regulations laid by PFA, ISO, FPO and AGMARK instead of merely marking as such.

If such simple measures were put in place, then having the nutritional label with nutrients `to be listed accurately,’ is not a distant dream even for India!

Until then, don’t shop for groceries with your eyes shut or have a grab on the run kind of attitude, instead be an informed consumer and a savvy foodie with nutrition always on your mind!

By Sangeetha Narayana Swamy & Vijayalakshmi Iyengar
Senior Dietitians, Nutritionvista.com

References:

 

NutritionVista

Previous Page 

User Comments

21 October, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar To help contain and then reduce endemic obesity The Institute of Medicine* has suggested an additional new labeling - a logo of sorts on packaged food sold in grocery stores.
It would consist of stars or some other simple symbol with a zero-to-3 rating and would give consumers a quick assessment of its nutrition value, similar to the Energy Star rating on appliances. A "zero" on foods that are high in added sugars, saturated and trans fats, and sodium will tell consumers to avoid it as the food is unhealthy.

People are so busy and there are so many products to choose from. If there is a system that could very quickly, almost instantly, identify which foods are healthier in terms of reducing chronic disease risk for children and adults."It's up to the companies to make products that are healthy

*The Institute of Medicine is an arm of the National Academies, a collection of scholars chartered by Congress to give scientific advice to the public.

13 July, 2011 | Sonali Gupta | Reply

Sonali Gupta Consumers often compare prices of food items in the grocery store to choose the best value for money. But comparing items using the food label can help us choose the best value for our health. The food label is one of the most valuable tools we as consumers have. For example, someone with high blood pressure who needs to watch salt (sodium) intake may have a choice of five different types of tomato soup on the rack. One can quickly and easily compare the sodium content of each product by looking at the part of the label that lists nutrition information to choose the one with the lowest sodium content.

13 July, 2011 | Sonali Gupta | Reply

Sonali Gupta Consumers often compare prices of food items in the grocery store to choose the best value for money. But comparing items using the food label can help us choose the best value for our health. The food label is one of the most valuable tools we as consumers have. For example, someone with high blood pressure who needs to watch salt (sodium) intake may have a choice of five different types of tomato soup on the rack. One can quickly and easily compare the sodium content of each product by looking at the part of the label that lists nutrition information to choose the one with the lowest sodium content.

13 July, 2011 | Mrinal Jhangiani | Reply

Mrinal Jhangiani Hi Sonali, I didn't think of it that way but you are right - there is added value in those items that suit our health needs.
Yes, a lower sodium content soup can is better, but 'fresh is best' when ever one has time to cook. Its easy to pressure cook soup and make enough for 3-4 days.
:)

29 June, 2011 | Parul Bhatnagar | Reply

Parul Bhatnagar Hi Friends,
It is very important to start reading food labels for you and your family.It is like a guide for you which explain ingredients and nutritive value of the product.It can help you to decide whether the food item is appropriate for your health conditions and fits into healthy eating plan.

28 June, 2011 | Vijaylakshmi Reddy | Reply

Vijaylakshmi Reddy Nice post. Hope India too catches up on there mandatory regulations very soon.

11 July, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar As there is a change in customer food preferences today, the Indian food market is witnessing unparalleled change and growth. It therefore propels the need for information to be provided on packages for people to make
informed choices.
The Government of India plans make labeling on all processed foods compulsory within three months, as part of a national program promoting cardiovascular health. I hope this gets priority and the Bill is passed.

 Post Comments

Contact Name:
E-mail:
(Will show your Gravatar icon)
Comments:

User Rules

Tags: Anemia, Eat Healthy, Food Fads, General health, Health Hazards, Healthy Foods, Healthy Lifestyle, Mental Health, Nutrition, Nutrition Counseling, Nutritional Myths, Nutritional Supplements, Obesity / Weight Loss, Pre-Diabetes, Sodium, Vitamins & Supplements, Women's Health

 

© 2007 - 2022 NutritionVista.com. All rights reserved. A single copy of these materials may be reprinted for noncommercial personal use only. All articles and content written by the Nutritionvista.com team for NutritionVista.com are the sole property of J.L.S Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. Content may not be copied without express permission to do so. If you want to link back to an article, please ensure a working link to the article title is used and is functioning at all times.

NutritionVista

Nutrition BUZZ Tags

This will be shown to users with no Flash or Javascript.
Speak Up!

Nutrition BUZZ

Read other Buzz posts

CLINICAL Nutrition Packages

At Risk Prevention Program Health Risk Assessment & Prevention Program
One Month
Obesity | Cholesterol | Diabetes | CVD
Cholesterol Reduction Program Cholesterol Reduction Program
Three Month
Weight Loss | Cholesterol | Pre-diabetes | CVD
Glucose Stabilization | Obesity Reduction Program Glucose Stabilization | Obesity Reduction Program
Six Month
Pre-diabetes stabilization | Cholesterol reduction | Weight Loss | Cancer management
Intensive - Disease Management Program Intensive - Disease Management Program
One Year
Diabetes | Obesity | Cholesterol | CVD | Cancer Management
Sign Up Now View Details

Free Newsletter

Awareness leads to healthier lifestyles.
Sign up!

Free Newsletter
NutritionVista
NutritionVista

Health Solutions | In Depth Coverage

www.NutritionVista.com provides web-based nutrition tools and services that enable consumers to take charge of their own health. Our clinical nutrition programs provide online nutrition counseling services for weight-control; nutrition therapy for managing diabetes and cancer and customized menu plans to lower cholesterol. Our online nutritionists provide health risk assessments, diet evaluations, guidance and support to address the consumers underlying health conditions and personal likes and dislikes.

RSS  Facebook  Twitter 

Suggestions / Feedback / Queries

Contact Name: E-mail:
NutritionVista

Reply To Comment

Contact Name*
Contact Email*

(Will show your Gravatar icon)
Comments*
Notify me when new comments are added
Speaker Up!

Any way - here's an opportunity to send in your topics - bright ideas - even your take on a subject - or even an article you've written and want published for feedback and commentary

If your topic is selected (topics are reviewed for copyright and thought process) it will get posted under your name and title. Please understand that not all submissions can be accepted.

Please note - Any article that has been submitted but not posted, will be respected and not used by the NutritionVista team for any other publication.

Submit your articles to SpeakUp@NutritionVista.com

Speak Up!
Contact Name*
Contact Email*
Topic Suggestions*