For each day of Nutrition and Hydration Week 2016, our in-house Dietitian Ruth Smith will be offering up a daily healthy tip. Today in the first of this five part series, she looks at exercise labelling.
Over two-thirds of adults in the UK are now overweight or obese. To address this, the Government are due to unveil a new public health Obesity Strategy this summer. This strategy is likely to include a number of recommendations including the need for further education, awareness-raising, marketing, taxation, reducing access to unhealthy foods, and product reformulation by manufacturers.
One suggestion to help is the introduction of “activity equivalent” calorie labeling on food packaging. This would involve certain foods having a picture label on the front of the pack showing how many minutes of a certain exercise would be needed to be undertaken to burn off the number of calories provided by a serving of the food.
The aim of this type of labelling is to encourage people to be more mindful of the calories they consume, how these calories relate to people’s everyday lives and to encourage them to be more physically active.
10 calorie-dense food and drinks and their activity equivalence
|FOOD TYPE||CALORIES APPROX.||WALK OFF KCAL (medium walk 3-5mph)||RUN OFF KCAL (slow running 5mph)|
|Sugary soft drink (330ml can)||138||26 min||13 min|
|Standard chocolate bar||229||42 min||22 min|
|Sandwich (chicken & bacon)||445||1 hr 22 min||42 min|
|Large Pizza (1/4 pizza)||449||1 hr 23 min||43 min|
|Medium mocha coffee||290||53 min||28 min|
|Packet Crisps||171||31 min||16 min|
|Dry roasted peanuts (50g)||296||54 min||28 min|
|Iced cinnamon roll||420||1 hr 17 min||40 min|
|Cereal (1 bowl)||172||31 min||16 min|
|Blueberry muffin||265||48 min||25 min|
Whether this type of labelling will be adopted has still to be decided. Do you think it would be a good idea?
For more information please see:http://www.foodnavigator.com//Policy/UK-s-obesity-strategy-delayed-again/?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=01-Mar-2016&c=BSCAIBkp%2BNWmM5xqeYCuX%2FJ1ZnNakCAv&p2=
Disclaimer: This information is provided to promote healthy eating in the workplace for healthy individuals. It is not intended for the use of anyone who is pregnant or has a medical condition. For individual advice, please see your GP for referral to a Registered Dietitian (RD).