Study supports use of the nutrition label Nutri-Score to encourage healthier food choices

Study supports use of the nutrition label Nutri-Score to encourage healthier food choices

Eating foods with a poor nutritional quality score is associated with higher mortality from all causes and specifically from cancer and diseases of the heart, lungs and digestive system, finds a study published by The BMJ today. The findings support the use of the Nutri-Score front-of-pack label to guide people towards healthier food choices and could inform ongoing discussions about making food labelling systems uniform across the European Union. Labelling food packaging with simple, clear nutritional information is known to help people make healthier choices in order to prevent non-communicable conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Nutri-Score is a simple front-of-pack nutritional label that scores foods according to their nutritional quality. Each product receives a letter and a colour code, from dark green (A) indicating higher nutritional quality, to dark orange (E), indicating lower nutritional quality. Nutri-Score is based on the UK Food Standards Agency nutrient profiling system (FSAm-NPS), which grades the nutritional quality of food products based on their content in energy, saturated fats, sugar, sodium, protein, fibres and fruits and vegetables, but more evidence was needed before it can be widely implemented. So an international research team set out to determine if the Food Standards Agency nutrient profiling system (FSAm-NPS) is associated with mortality. Their findings are based on 501,594 adults (average age 52 years) from 10 European countries who were taking part in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study. Questionnaires were used to assess their usual dietary intakes and a FSAm-NPS index was calculated for ...
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