Red traffic light for wellness food

Foodwatch: Too much sugar or salt in many products

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Many health and fitness foods turn out to be hidden sweets or too salty if their nutritional values ​​are labeled after the British "traffic light". This has now been pointed out by foodwatch.

The consumer rights organization highlighted 27 foods in color, including the Actone yoghurt drink from Danone, Kellogg's "K" specialty cereal flakes, Nestle wellness water and Du-mayst Unilever products. Half of the wellness foods proved to be sugared and received a red traffic light signal. They should only be consumed in small quantities every now and then.

Problematic products decorated incorrectly?

For 15 of the 27 products, Yellow signals that it's okay to eat them "more often". Twelve showed a salt content that is also not suitable for daily consumption. Many of these foods advertise with it. For example, Kellogg's recommends eating several Day Vita products daily as part of a ten-day program - however, the traffic light turns the product over-sugared and unfavorable in its fat and salt content, foodwatch said.

"Wellbeing, fitness and an active life are not an incentive for the food industry to develop balanced foods using the best ingredients. Instead, she decorates problematic products in order to sell them better, "said Matthias Wolfschmidt of foodwatch. Instead of informing consumers in a transparent and honest way, manufacturers used their numbering system to obscure the true contents of nutrients.

Traffic light or number system?

According to the consumer rights organization, the manufacturers of the products examined have been resisting color labeling of nutritional values ​​since summer 2007 in an "Initiative of Excellent Information" and are instead proposing a numerical system that complies with the GDA (Guideline Daily Amounts) of an adult Woman judges. display

The "Excellent Information Initiative" includes Coca-Cola, Danone, Kellogg's, Kraft Foods, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever. Wellness and fitness products from these manufacturers have foodwatch now provided with the "traffic light". The traffic light marking marks the contents of fat, saturated fatty acids, sugar and salt with colors. Red means "eat only occasionally in small amounts", yellow "it's okay to eat it more often" and green "a healthy choice".

(foodwatch, 26.06.2008 - DLO)