- A recent study from McGill University researchers suggests that a new food rating system could be more beneficial to helping consumers make better nutritional choices than the current labels used.
- According to the study, Percent Daily Value was the least helpful nutrition facts label for consumers.
- Researchers ranked NuVal, a system that rates food on a scale from 1 to 100 in terms of nutritional value, as the best labeling system for the study's participants.
Food packaging and nutrition labels have frequented news headlines as of late. Last week, an Iowa poll showed that though food labels were important to participants, when certain labels were explained, food choices became more confusing. GMO labeling initiatives are heating up in various states throughout the country. Another recent survey found that a majority of Americans wanted DNA labeling on their food, which demonstrates the country's desire for proper food labels but also Americans' confusion over what those labels mean.
Food Dive talked to Janet E. Collins, the immediate past president of the Institute of Food Technologists, after the Environmental Working Group's Food Scores database arrived, one that raised some nutrition labeling questions.