Why Food Labels That Specify How Much Exercise It Takes to Burn Calories Are a Bad Idea A new study found that adding physical activity calorie equivalent (PACE) labels
to food helped reduce the amount of
calories people consumed. Researchers looked at data from 15 other studies and found that having PACE labels led to eating 65 fewer calories per meal. The intention behind PACE labeling
is that it could give people a more
concrete understanding of calories. But a low-calorie choice does not necessarily mean a healthier choice. Deciding whether a food is 'worth it'
isn't just a matter of counting calories. There are plenty of factors that
determine how much time it takes
to burn a set number of calories,
and they vary from person to person. An obsession with calories can also
take the joy out of eating and in many
cases leads to disordered eating. The benefits of exercise go beyond
just calories burned, and should not
be used as a punishment for eating
something that contains calories.