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Gold star nutrition ratings appear to work in grocery stores

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There is a new suggested system for focusing on your nutrition intake.

A new study by researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the University of Florida suggests a nutritional rating system using gold stars related to price labels on grocery store shelves may be helping consumers buy healthier food. The system was used in Maine-based Hannaford stores and helped steer shoppers toward more nutritious food.

The study focused on Guiding Stars which was started in 2006 in Hannaford and is now licensed in more than 1,800 stores in the U.S. and Canada. This is one of several nutritional rating systems used to educate consumers and battle obesity. Food and Drug Administration officials have also thought of a front-of-the package label system, but are still working on it.

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