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More Than 60% Of Americans Use Nutrition Information On Food Labels When Shopping

August 2, 2010: 03:15 AM EST
A U.S. study examining the use of nutritional labels on food products and their impact on nutrient intake found that 61.6% of participants said they use the nutrition facts panel, 51.6% used the list of ingredients, 47.2% read the serving size, and 43.8% reviewed health claims at least sometimes when buying food. The study, which looked at data from participants in a national health and nutrition survey, found significant differences between food label users and non-users in mean nutrient intake of total calories, total fat, etc. Food label users reported consuming healthier nutrients. But, “Despite food label use being associated with improved dietary factors, label use alone is not expected to be sufficient in modifying behavior ultimately leading to improved health outcomes,” the researchers concluded.
Nicholas Jay Ollberding, PhDCorresponding Author Informationemail address, Randi L. Wolf, PhD, Isobel Contento, PhD, "Food Label Use and Its Relation to Dietary Intake among US Adults", Journal of the American Dietetic Association, August 02, 2010, © Elsevier INc
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