When you purchase food at a supermarket, do you ever look at the food label? If you're a health and nutrition aficionado, you probably do, but for the everyday person, the labels look like they're written in a foreign language. You'd need an interpreter to read them! Then you'd need a nutritionist to help you understand how all those numbers (calories, fat, ingredients) actually affect you.
That's a lot of time, energy and money you don't have to give.
Enter Sam Slover, co-founder of the Sage Project, who is looking to change how we read and interpret those boring food labels, according to Wired.
Instead of just reading the labels, Slover wants to give people more information regarding how the food will affect their bodies and daily lives.
"We want to unlock data and give it back to people in ways that are actionable," Slover said.
Coupled with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's newly redesigned nutrition fact label, people will now have an incredible amount of information with which to make more informed decisions about their eating habits.
The way Slover's design works is it allows people to dive further into the traditional food label by breaking down its information into easily digestible – no pun intended – statistics.
"If it's a product we haven't seen before, we classify it and give it a regular person description," Slover said.
But this type of labeling can go well beyond the "regular person." Even health experts and fitness gurus could find great use in an application that allows them to better understand what items are going into their bodies. They can pick and choose which bits of data work for them and then apply it accordingly to their health regimen.
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