Click Here for Fewer Calories
Food delivery services make it simple to get your favorite meals delivered straight to your door, through the ease of ordering right from your phone. But will the FDA’s new calorie labeling requirements, which go into effect in the spring of 2017, make you likely to make healthy choices? According to a recent study, the answer is yes.
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania developed an online lunch-ordering system for employees of a large company in Kentucky, offering them the option of ordering food from a website instead of heading to the cafeteria. Some of those who ordered lunch online saw "color-coded" menus (green for healthy options, yellow for less healthy options, and red for unhealthy options), some saw menus with calorie counts listed, some saw both types of labels, and others didn’t have access to any nutritional information. After 6 weeks, the researchers determined that those with access to the nutritional information ordered about 10 percent fewer calories in total.
As nutrition labels become more common—in restaurants, cafeterias, and online—the hope is that people will put more thought into making healthier choices and reap the health benefits of doing so.
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