A new Nielsen report looking at healthy eating trends from around the world recently revealed that six out of 10 people find nutrition labels confusing. Tellingly, it also showed that 56 percent of the 25,000 who were surveyed describe themselves as overweight. North America topped every other region of the world — 56 countries total — with 63 percent of its population admitting they are overweight.
It is not exactly breaking news that the world, and particularly, America, is struggling to maintain a healthy weight. The real news is that people are working really hard to fix this without the proper tools in hand. The same report showed that the first thing people do to lose weight is to change their diet, yet it is nearly impossible to do that effectively if you don’t know how to read a food label.
Let’s fix that. I have taught hundreds of classes on label reading, helped clients navigate the complexities of grocery store, and purged pantries around Boston. Here is my four-step guide for understanding the nutrition label on any food product: Read more in Boston Magazine