More and more people are reading food labels. But deciphering nutritional information isn't always easy. Once you know how many carbs or calories are in a particular package, what do you do with that content? Eat it, I suppose.

A new study from researchers at the University of North Carolina indicates that people make better choices when a menu shows how may miles a person would have to walk, or how many minutes it would take. to burn off the calories. People tend to eat more when presented with no nutritional information or with only calorie counts.

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Adding this kind of information to food labels or menus could go a long way to reducing the amount of food a person eats or, at the very least, helping that person make a better decision. Instead of ordering the 3,120-calorie shrimp pasta dish from the Cheesecake Factory, a person might order the 9-patty burger, which comes in at only 2,000 calories.

The researchers reported their study in the journal Appetite.

via FastCo Exist

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