Food, particularly snacks, geared toward children and toddlers often include front-of-package labels that help entice buyers. These messages on the front of the packages include health-related information to help parents make healthier food choices for their kids. But if parents are guided by these labels, are they really making healthy choices?
According to data published by the Prevention Institute, the answer is a resounding no. The truth is, many of these front-of-package labels are not regulated by anyone and are just creative advertisements. Grocery stores choose not to regulate the messages because they help entice buyers. In short, the labels are good for business.
As you can see in the sample above taken from the study's results, a large majority of these foods are high in sugar, fat, or some other unhealthy ingredient.