Far more people probably know the things in a grocery store that are supposed to be healthy than are able to sufficiently tell you why this is. With so much information capable of being distributed so quickly, chances are a customer snags an item off the shelves without being properly informed as to its actual health properties. As such, vitamin labels and other nutritional supplements should be designed to get shoppers’ attention and properly inform of important information, so customers can get real facts instead of hype.
For example, one term people might be familiar with is “probiotics.” As a recent CNN piece describes, this represents an industry that rakes in billions, and has a popular reputation as something of a cure-all that will improve one’s health rapidly. And since this type of additive is increasingly infused with so many other types of products, it’s worth taking a moment to examine what they are and why they work.
The CNN piece features an interview with biologist Sarkis Mazmanian, who explained the way this “good bacteria” works. As he described it, these newer organisms are being cultivated specifically to provide health benefits, but are not appearing in nature.
“As we sit here today, there’s really no strong evidence that those organisms do confer any health benefits,” Mazmanian said. However, he also provided a counterpoint: “There’s no evidence that they’re bad for you, so I think that should be very clear.”
Putting specific nutritional guidelines, including recommended dosages and other requirements, on products should be a chief concern for providers of health supplements, and they can do so by making labels that give enough information for the customer to make his or her own decision.