Get Empowered: Will Nutrition Profiling Help You Eat Healthier?

I like to pretend that I know what I should eat in order to remain healthy, happy and relatively skinny. I stay away from sweets at all costs (except for those delicious Hershey Pies from Burger King – yum!), I limit my intake of mac & cheese and/or ramen noodles and I snack on stuff like blueberries and hummus with pita instead of potato chips. And red meat? Never!

However, even I am a little baffled by all the choices out there. Granola bars or a baggie full of cereal? Some lightly buttered popcorn or chips and salsa? The basics are easy: A sandwich is healthier than a cheeseburger. But what kind of sandwich – turkey on whole wheat or ham on rye bread? It's hard to know what is truly better for you.

Apparently, I'm not the only one unable to distinguish between healthy and healthier foods. According to The Washington Post, nutrition scientists are developing something called "nutrition profiling." Basically, this profiling would give "scores" to foods – based on algorithms, which are intense mathematical equations. The more nutrients a food has, the better the food scores. If the food is loaded with sugar, fats and other less-than-stellar ingredients, it loses points. I think nutrition profiling is a fabulous idea,and according to the article on the Post's website, other consumers think so, as well.

What do you think – is nutrition profiling a useful idea or a waste of time? Read more about nutrition profiling here.

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