No matter where you live, understanding what healthy food looks like can be difficult. Food choice is complex in many ways and a whole variety of other determinants play a role in what we choose to buy and eat, such as taste, affordability and access, as well as cultural factors such as our attitudes, beliefs and understanding about food.
Nutrient profiling is a tool that can help consumers make more informed, healthy selections with features like front of package labeling, which offers visual cues to indicate a products nutritional value. Behind the scenes, nutrient profiling can serve a critical role in informing food industries on how to develop healthier products and reformulate current options.
Originally directed at high-income countries, nutrient profiling models have an important potential to address the needs of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where stunting and micronutrient deficiencies continue to be a major public health burden. As illustrated by WHO, nutrient profiling models serve the purpose of addressing such public health concerns and making strides against hidden hunger.
At Sight and Life, we have long recognized the power of nutrient profiling to tackle malnutrition in LMICs. Discover more about how nutrient profiling models are currently being applied, how we are adapting them to LMICs, and how this tool can be paired with technological innovations for a more healthy, energized future.
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