Food labels helping to feed obesity

horizontal-162952_640Alarming new research shows that South Africans and others in developing countries have no idea of the health risks of what they are putting in their mouths.

Problems around food labelling and people’s lack of understanding of it are a major driver for obesity, which is on the rise in South Africa.

“People are opting for cheap food that is low in nutrition, tastes good and is pre-packed,” the principal researcher on the paper prepared by Priceless South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand, Professor Karen Hofman, said.

She said 70% of packaged food contained sugar, which the consumer might not be aware of.

-Tanya Farber

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