Posted by: Kisagi
Posted on: 2nd Mar 2016
I am aware of the health star rating and I think in priniciple it is a good idea. However, I would like to know more about how exactly the stars are awarded, i.e. what the criteria are. While I am not a total "health freak" and I certainly don't follow any diets, I have some pretty strong ideas about what I want to eat, and I'm not sure my standards match those of the health star rating agency.
Furthermore, I find the nutrition panel more informative. But I also realise that not everybody would take the time to read the labels, especially when they are in such small print! So for a lot of people the star rating would be helpful. It would not consciously influence my purchase decision, but who knows, unconsciously I could possibly still be paying attention...
I'm not sure if it is a good idea to make the star rating compulsory. It might lead to some product manufacturers trying to bend the rules. I certainly would not trust food companies to label their own products. It might result in ludicrous claims like "fat-free" jelly or "low-sugar" chips.