Have you ever wanted to eat healthier, but the confusing labeling on the back of food and drink products turned you off from the idea? We're not shocked, and you're not alone. The information is difficult to read, and doesn't appear to be catered toward a general audience – people who aren't nutritionists, fitness trainers or other workout feigns.
Suzanne Chan, a mother of children who have severe food allergies, has struggled to find the right food while shopping.
"It's tough, I'm looking at all the different labels and some of them are complicated, scientific words that I might have to look up or Google," she said, according to WMAR.
While Chan is forced to interpret this language, other shoppers may just bypass the work altogether and not read the label. This may prevent them from eating healthy food and living a fit lifestyle.
But these confusing labels could soon be a thing of the past because many manufacturers are being more upfront on their packaging, literally.
"It makes it easy to quickly spot a couple of key components, like, let's say you're looking for sodium, you want to check out the calories," said Kim Kircherr, a registered dietitian with the Grocery Manufacturers Association. "Those bits of information have simply been brought from the nutritional facts panel, up in front, so you can spot them at a glance without even letting go of your cart."
In today's health-conscious society, it's crucial that food manufacturer be transparent about their food's nutrients or lack thereof. And in order for them to do so, they need to take the necessary steps to change their labeling so it's easier to read.