Exercise labels better than calorie counting, study says

Researchers want to add exercise needed to traditional nutrition labels. / WNWO archive

One can of cola equals one hour run? Researchers believe quanitfying the exercise needed to burn off junk food would help people improve their diets more than tradition nutrition labels.

According to a public health study, scientists found teens were half as likely to drink sodas when told they would have to run an hour to work off all the calories than those who were only told the calorie amount.

"'People generally underestimate the number of calories in the foods and beverages they consume," study author Dr. Sara Bleich told The Daily Mail. "Providing easily understandable caloric information-particularly in the form of a physical activity equivalent, such as running-may reduce calorie intake from sugar-sweetened beverages and increase water consumption among low-income adolescents."

Bleich also believes the popularity of sugary drinks and unhealthy food would decrease dramatically if manufacturers were required to add the 'physical activity equivalent' to nutrition labels.

Obesity, heart disease and type-2 diabetes have been linked to excessive consumption of colas.