If you walk into a supermarket and find yourself overwhelmed by phrases like, "Natural," "Antioxidant Rich," "Cage-Free," and "High in Omega-3s," know that you are not alone. Unless you have a degree in nutrition, understanding labeling and nutritional information can be difficult. Enter EatSmart.
EatSmart is a program created by registered dietitians which points out items recommended by the American Heart Association, including labels like "healthier option," "heart healthy," or "immune booster." But does the program really work? Well, researchers out of the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Arizona State University seem to think so.
They looked at 153 shoppers, half of whom used the EatSmart system, and the other half of whom stuck to standard shopping. They found that those shoppers using EatSmart had more servings of whole fruits and vegetables than those who received no dietary education. The study suggests the power that education can have on guiding healthy choices. In this case, knowledge is power.
Supermarket Counseling Could Improve Your Shopping Choices from The Atlantic
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