When it comes to our kids, the majority of us want the best for them. We want to make sure the things they're eating, wearing, and using are safe and healthy and good for them. We've come a long way from when we were kids, when a Happy Meal was considered a healthy, well-balanced meal and baby oil was a good sunscreen. But even as parents have gotten more concerned with the products we use and buy, it can be super overwhelming to know just which product or food is the safest. It's a lot of information, and it can be hard to know if what we're being told is true. As such, even though more and more parents are concerned with food and product safety, many of them aren't buying the safest options on the market. A new study reveals where the disconnect between thought and action happens, and gives us some ideas on how to do better.
The study was conducted by the NSF International, an independent public health and safety organization. The results, which the organization shared last week, show that 60% of the Americans surveyed are quite concerned about the products they use.
However, despite being concerned, 34% of those surveyed reported that they rarely or never actually research the claims that companies make to verify their validity.
NSF released a new study showing 61% of Americans are concerned about the products they put in, on and around their bodies. However, 34% say they rarely or never research product claims.https://t.co/BRELCTfdPl pic.twitter.com/PUdkkvDqln— NSF International (@NSF_Intl) May 16, 2019
There can be a few reasons for this disconnect. As busy parents, it's so hard to find the time to actually sit down and do thorough research about every single product we buy. We put a lot of faith and trust into the companies we buy from, and if something is branded as healthy, we tend to take their word for it even if we have doubts. Interestingly, 48% of people surveyed said they would still buy products even if they were distrustful or dubious of the claims made by the company.
When it comes to food, the misleading and confusing labels can be part of the problem. 75% of survey respondents said that it's hard to keep track of all the different food certifications and what they mean. And 81% assume that the products they buy (food and personal care) adhere to strict safety and quality standards.
The NSF International says that third-party independent certification can help people make heads and tails of what they're buying. You can also reach out to a trusted health professional to talk about some of your concerns. The onus shouldn't be on parents to decipher what the claims on the products we buy really mean.