Why is #NutriScore so ♥️ & pushed by #BigFood multinationals producing ultra-processed foods? Shouldn't they oppose it?
Nope. This article explains it well: stories.publiceye.ch/en/nestle-mexi…
"the introduction of warning labels in Latin America is probably one of the main reasons”
"To state the obvious: compared to black warning labels, the traffic light has clear advantages [..]: first of all, a colourful scale looks significantly more decorative than a black “STOP” sign"
"while the system used in Mexico or Chile “denounces” an excess of a certain substance, #Nutriscore allows the possibility to compensate for negative nutritional properties with positive ones"

This 👇 18% sugar, mostly water? But "fruits".
"This means that while according to the “Latin American” system a manufacturer has to reduce the sugar, salt or fat content to avoid a black “STOP” sign on the packaging, #NutriScore can be pushed up by adding positively rated nutrients such as fibre or protein"
"Let’s illustrate this with one of the most famous Nestlé products: Nesquik"
"In Mexico, the Nesquik recipe sold in Switzerland would be provided with three warnings: "Exceso" (excess) calories, sugar and salt. Moreover, advertising the product using a cartoon character such as the Nesquik rabbit would be prohibited"
"In Switzerland, Nesquik bears the light-green Nutri-Score B. This is due to the way in which the Nutri-Score is calculated [..] And the little bunny may stay"
The Italians are one of the few opposing this nonsense.

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High-income countries eat excessive amounts of red meat? Actually no: they may eat more processed meats & dairy, but the intake of red meat, seafood & eggs is lower than the world average. Both for adults & children.
Geographical distribution of meat intake: highest levels in Asia and Latin America.
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Here's the poll: 77% agrees (vs. 22% disagreeing).
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He's also known as Jaggi Vasudev and he's a complete fraud. He's driving science educators in India mad (see article below). But #WEF22 #Davos2022 thinks it's a great idea to offer him a stage.
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