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New “Jogging” Food Labels Proven More Effective

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 19, 2011
New labels are helping teens make healthier decisions. Photo: Daily Mail

A new label could fight obesity.

New labels are helping teens make healthier decisions. Photo: Daily Mail

Do you find yourself counting calories and wondering what it all means in terms of required exercise?

If the answer is yes, there may be a new food label for you. A recent study with teenagers and soda has found that labels with the required amount of time to run off the calories in the cola were much more effective than the caloric label themselves. The official name of the new label is “physical activity equivalent”.

The study that was conducted by Johns Hopkins University and published in the American Journal of Health. Lead researcher Dr. Sara Bleich thinks people “generally underestimate” how many calories junk food and soft drinks contain.

“Providing easily understandable caloric information-particularly in the form of a physical activity equivalent, such as running-may reduce calorie intake from sugar-sweetened beverages and increase water consumption among low-income adolescents,” Bleich said.

Carbonated soft drinks have been blamed for numerous health issues, ranging from obesity to type 2 diabetes. 

For More: Daily Mail

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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