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Zerbst, Germany

Bruder A.,UMIT University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology | Schenk C.,Fachbereich Landwirtschaft | Honekamp W.,Zittau Gorlitz University of Applied Sciences
Pravention und Gesundheitsforderung | Year: 2012

Background: A simple food labelling system has been discussed for a long time. So far, only complex labelling models are found on food packaging. In this paper an extended concept of the "traffic light system" for caterers and others handling catering service is to be developed. Using colour coding of selected nutrients (sugar, salt, fat, saturated fatty acids) the nutrient content of lunches aims to be supplied in a more transparent form to clients in the facilities. Patients and method: For the realization of the concept, the reference people (customers) are identified and appropriate underlying base values are set. The nutritional contents of lunches are calculated with a nutrient calculation program and then classified in traffic light colours according to predefined limits. The boundaries were derived from the guidelines of the German Nutrition Society and the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the EU. In addition to the traffic light labelling the allotment of the recommended daily allowance is given. Results: The results show that individual menus are characterized predominantly by red or yellow. Conclusion: The traffic light labelling could thus serve as a basis for optimized planning of lunch menus for community meals. Labelling the lunch menus with a traffic light model is supposed to provide guidance in choosing a balanced diet. © 2011 Springer Medizin Verlag. Source

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