Food labels are absolutely essential to track what we put in our bodies. It’s not only necessary for those counting macros (IIFYM) but all those wanting to remain healthy.
Our bodies have adapted over millions of years to function optimally by using whole foods as fuel. Back when we were cave men, we hunted for food and ate fresh plants, fruit and vegetables. We did not need to think about how much we were consuming because we needed to eat enough to survive.
Food in this day and age is so readily available that as a result we end up overeating which can lead to being overweight. This is helped by the amount of processed foods that are so hyper-palatable and easy to buy.
These foods are hard to avoid, and as a result the human race now has to watch and be careful with what we eat. However, this is harder than it may seem.
We tend to rely on the traffic light system on food packaging to determine whether it is healthy or not. However, this is not always the most accurate way to understand what is good and bad for us. For example, according to the traffic light system high fat foods are red, meaning they are bad. Fat is essential in our bodies in order to function properly.
Supermarkets and food manufacturers tend to make low fat or 0 fat options. However, sometimes these options are filled with sugar and are have the same overall calories. This therefore makes them no more healthy than the high fat option. Overeating fat can lead to obesity and it is therefore very important to find a balance within our lives and not cut out any foods.
Iona Paterson, who is a , created this infographic to help you understand food labels better.